The Music City Grand Prix Unveils Festival Announcers

Pictured (L-R): Ralph Sheheen, Lindsey Nance, Kendall Pasley

The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix has unveiled Ralph Sheheen, Lindsey Nance and Kendall Pasley as the announcers for the inaugural NTT IndyCar event.

Sheheen has been broadcasting motorsports on national television for over 30 years. As a nationally recognized broadcaster he has covered everything from Formula One and Supercross to Moto GP. Sheheen’s on air experience has not been limited to just television, having also worked on the biggest racing radio networks in the country. He has also spent many hours broadcasting races over the PA at many of the world’s most famous race tracks including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Daytona International Speedway, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and Sonoma Raceway.

Nance is a very familiar face in Nashville being the traffic anchor for WSMV Nashville. She also serves as a fill-in anchor, sideline reports multiple sports for Belmont University, has hosted the show “Titans Blitz,” and hosted MTSU home football games. The Nashville native graduated from Lipscomb University with a degree in Broadcasting & News Media.

Pasley joins the announcer team as a Tennessee native who stole the heart of her community as Miss Nashville 2018. Pasley received her Master’s degree in Communications and Media Studies from the University of Florida. In addition to being a scholar, Kendall is an advocate for the Children’s Miracle Network and the American Heart Association, participating in activities for fundraising and awareness for these two impactful organizations. Pasley’s love for IndyCar started at the age of seven when she attended her first Indianapolis 500 race. Since then she has attended the Indy 500 every year.

“Having worked with Ralph Sheheen personally for many years in motorsports, he was our first choice to be the ‘voice of the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix.’ His voice is recognized by motorsports fans of all ages,” says COO Jason Rittenberry. “Lindsey is such a big personality and is loved by Nashvillians. We knew she would be so much fun to interact with our fans. I have known Kendall for several years and was excited to learn she was such an INDYCAR fan. She represented our city well as Miss Nashville and will be a fantastic addition to the team.”

The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix will take place from August 6-8 and will include music and racing festivities including the NTT IndyCar race on Sunday August 8. Tickets for the event are still available.

Big Machine Partners With Nashville Grand Prix For Title Sponsorship

Pictured (L-R): Radio Host Shawn Parr, Lady A’s Charles Kelley, President & CEO of Big Machine Label Group Scott Borchetta, Carly Pearce, Executive Vice President of Big Machine Distillery Mark Borchetta, CEO of Music City Grand Prix Matt Crews, IndyCar/NASCAR Driver Larry Foyt, Big Machine Racing Driver Jade Buford. Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Big Machine Label Group

Music City Grand Prix has announced that Big Machine will be the title sponsor for the IndyCar race this summer.

Big Machine President and CEO and lifelong racing fan Scott Borchetta joined the Nashville Grand Prix as investor in late 2020.

“Having Big Machine on board is a great alignment with our brand,” says Matt Crews, CEO of Music City Grand Prix. “Big Machine’s President and CEO Scott Borchetta is a racing enthusiast himself and has been an integral part of Music City Grand Prix as an owner. He will also provide his expertise in music – further proving this festival will be one of speed and sound.”

This multi-year commitment from Big Machine as the title sponsor of the Grand Prix shows the brand’s dedication and passion for motorsports and speaks to what Nashville is, and what this event will become this year and beyond.

“I’ve worked for decades bringing racing and music together and I can’t think of a better way to welcome the IndyCars back to Nashville than honoring them with our namesake,” says Borchetta. “My very first race was an IndyCar race, the California 500, and this brings it full circle.  I truly believe that we’ve created the most exciting new weekend in racing anywhere in the world and Nashville is going to roll out the red carpet.  This will be a party you don’t want to miss.”

Big Machine recently has ventured out into both spirits as well as racing with Big Machine Distillery and Big Machine Racing. BMLG also sponsors a car in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Pictured (L-R): Pit Crew, BMLGPresident & CEO Scott Borchetta, Music City Grand Prix CEO Matt Crews and Big Machine Distillery Executive Vice President Mark Borchetta. Photo: by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Big Machine Label Group

“Being title sponsor of this racing and music festival weekend is the perfect way to celebrate major events returning to the world after more than a year of sheltering,” says Big Machine Distillery Executive Vice President Mark Borchetta. “Integrating Big Machine Vodka and our new Spiked Cooler vodka juice pouches into the weekend supports our optimism and excitement about the world returning to a semblance of normalcy.”

The three-day international racing festival will be on August 6-8, 2021. It will be staged on a temporary 2.17-mile grand prix circuit in Nashville and around the Nissan Stadium campus. The course will cross the Cumberland River via the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge, making the Music City Grand Prix the only current event in motorsports to cross over a major body of water.

Single day and weekend passes are on sale now and include grandstand and reserved seating as well as VIP packages.

Ford Named Official Pace Car Of The Nashville Superspeedway

Pictured L-R: Nashville Superspeedway President Erik Moses, Stewart-Hass driver Chase Briscoe. Photo: Courtesy of Nashville Superspeedway.

The Nashville Superspeedway has announced that Ford will be the official pace car for its June 18-20 NASCAR  tripleheader weekend.

The weekend will also feature the inaugural Ally 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race on June 20.

“It’s cool that they’re on board here at Nashville and for them to start this track off as a Ford-branded track,” says N0. 14 Ford Stewart-Hass driver Chase Briscoe. “It’s cool whenever we go to a Ford track. The pace car is a Ford and there’s Ford signage everywhere and it feels like you’re more at home.”

Ford will also be the official pace car provider at Nashville Superspeedway’s sister track Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware.

“It’s an honor to be linked with such an iconic company as Ford as we continue to build toward our June race weekend,” says Nashville Superspeedway President Erik Moses. “Ford has a tremendous motorsports history and is a brand that connects with our fanbase here in Middle Tennessee. We can’t wait to see a Ford lead America’s best drivers to the green flag at Nashville Superspeedway on Father’s Day weekend!”

Ford earned its 17th NASCAR Cup Series manufacturer championship and second in the last three seasons after winning 18 races in 2020 while Austin Cindric captured the regular season and playoff championship in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

“It’s great to have Nashville Superspeedway back in NASCAR and we’re excited to serve as its official pace car,” says Jeannee Kirkaldy, Ford Performance’s motorsports marketing manager. “We have a wonderful partnership with Dover Motorsports and we’re ready to continue to play an integral role in their race weekends at Nashville and Dover. We have several exciting new vehicles in our Ford lineup and we’re looking forward to showcasing them at the track.”

Rock Icon Vince Neil Surprises Students With Invitation To Music City Grand Prix

Pictured: School of Rock student with Vince Neil. Credit: Chrissy Nix.

Motley Crue singer Vince Neil recently surprised students at Franklin’s and Nashville’s School of Rock by inviting them to perform at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix in August. The School of Rock was also announced as a sponsor of the Nashville IndyCar race.

“At the School of Rock, we believe the stage is the greatest teacher, and we love providing our students the opportunity to play high profile gigs like the Grand Prix,” says Kelly McCreight, co-owner of School of Rock Franklin/Nashville. “Having Vince Neil come and speak with the kids, listen to them play, and actually get on stage with them… priceless! At the School of Rock, our goal is to teach music through performance, but also build a community of young musicians that understand and appreciate artist and bands from every generation and genre… from The Beatles, Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones to MoTown and Funk to Van Halen and Mötley Crüe. It means so much to us when artists like Vince take the time to spend with our students and offer insight and praise.”

Pictured: School of Rock students with Vince Neil. Credit: Chrissy Nix.

School of Rock will host one of three live performance stages in Cumberland Park that will include a variety of headline musical performances, interviews, community presentations, and more throughout each day. Performances and times will be announced at a later day.

“We are thrilled to partner with an organization that truly embodies Nashville’s passion for and commitment to music for all ages,” says Matt Crews, CEO of the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, “School of Rock will be the perfect addition to our robust music lineup that will further enhance what this event represents. It is incredible to see and hear this group of talented young musicians, and I am excited to share this with our festival goers.”

The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix will take place from August 6-9 and will feature live music, food, entertainment, and the NTT IndyCar race on Sunday.

Music City Grand Prix Announces Vintage IndyCar Added To Race Weekend

The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix has announced that they will be adding the spectacle of Vintage Indy to their grand prix weekend.

The event will feature a Vintage Indy Paddock and on-track lapping sessions for the historic cars on Sunday’s race day. Two-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Jr. will lead the field behind the wheel of the Miles Ahead MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop Vintage Indy pace car.

“The members of Vintage Indy, myself and our fans are beyond excited to be participating in the inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, which undoubtedly is destined to be a fantastic weekend for Nashville and the NTT INDYCAR Series”, says Michael Lashmett, president of Vintage Indy.

Vintage Indy has been dedicated to preserving these cars and their history so that fans will be able to see the long history of IndyCar and racing in America. Fans will be able to see these cars, which were your classic “barn finds,” mere dusty shells of their former selves, missing lots of pieces and parts.

The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix now adds a fourth major event to the schedule for Vintage Indy in 2021 which also includes the NTT IndyCar Series Rev Group Grand Prix at Road America on June 18-20 and Bommarito 500 at WWT Raceway on August 19-21, along with the 39th Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix on July 24-25.

The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix will take place August 6-8 in Nashville.

The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix Partners With Martha O’Bryan Center

The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix has partnered with East Nashville nonprofit the Martha O’Bryan Center.

August’s IndyCar race will bring both national and international attention to Nashville’s racing community and everything the city has to offer. However, the event will also put a focus on the immediate communities in and around the city.

The Martha O’Bryan Center is known for their cradle-to-career investments in young people and families, and broadening college and career opportunities for youth in Nashville. One big impact piece of the new partnership will be a youth employment program that will bring young people inside the production of a first-class sporting event and the work needed to transform the stadium campus and riverfront into a new, world class racing and entertainment experience.

“We are thrilled to get to know some of the young people at the Martha O’Bryan Center and their programs, and are designing this youth program to be more than just a summer job,” says Chris Parker, president at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. “They will work in different aspects of event management, gain valuable work experience in various trade careers, and network with some of the dynamic business professionals, entrepreneurs, and investors that make up our ownership group and advisory board. We are truly invested in the goals and mission of the Martha O’Bryan Center.”

In addition to investing directly in the nonprofit, The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix is also donating unique, one-of-a-kind Music City Grand Prix prizes and experiences for a custom online auction starting May 14, with proceeds benefiting the Martha O’Bryan Center.

“The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix has already been very generous and intentional about their role as an event that is not just in Nashville, but for all Nashvillians, including the young people we serve in north and east Nashville,” says Marsha Edwards, CEO at the Martha O’Bryan Center. “I expect a lot of young people will become lifelong IndyCar fans through this partnership!”

Ticket packages are on sale now. Fans can purchase three-day ticket packages, starting at $119, as well as festival add-ons.

Justin Timberlake To Join Music City Grand Prix Ownership Group

Justin Timberlake is joining the Music City Grand Prix Ownership Group along with NASCAR team owner and driver Justin Marks, and former Delta Airlines Chief Operating Officer Gil West.

Timberlake is not new to the racing scene. In 2011 he backed late British driver Dan Wheldon’s winning effort in the Indianapolis 500 through a sponsorship with his clothing company William Rast.

This announcement comes just a few months after President & CEO of the Big Machine Label Group Scott Borchetta joined the group.

“I am incredibly proud of the ownership group we have assembled,” says Matt Crews, CEO of Music City Grand Prix. “Our group combines game changers in the world of business, music and motorsports. Each person brings something unique to the table that will be invaluable as we merge motorsports, music and food into a one-of-a-kind event. This event will be one to remember and one to be celebrated year after year in the heart of Music City. We look forward to the team’s unique perspectives and the magic that soon will become the inaugural Music City Grand Prix.”

The inaugural urban street race will take place in Nashville August 6-8, 2021 on a temporary 2.17 mile grand prix circuit in downtown Nashville. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at musiccitygp.com/tickets .

Music City Grand Prix Three-Day Ticket Packages On Sale

The Music City Grand Prix three-day ticket packages are now on sale.

The international festival of speed and sound comes to Nashville August 6-8, 2021 and will be staged on a temporary 2.17-mile grand prix circuit around and near the Nissan Stadium campus.

“We are extremely humbled, and appreciative of the support and enthusiasm we have received locally, nationally, and internationally around our event. We know fans have been eagerly awaiting the chance to purchase tickets for this festival,” says President of the Music City Grand Prix Christian Parker. “Whether you are a family looking for a fun outing, a music lover, a foodie or a hardcore race enthusiast, there is something for everyone, with a wide variety of affordable pricing options, at the Music City Grand Prix”

In addition to a weekend of NTT IndyCar Series, GT America and Trans AM racing, attendees can look forward to the best Nashville has to offer, including live music performances by top artists, best-in-class food experiences, and entertainment.

Both general and reserved ticket packages are on sale for the inaugural Music City Grand Prix race. Tickets can be purchased on musiccitygp.com/tickets.

Here’s a look at the options available:

Three-day package add-ons: