One of the major motor sports leagues in the United States returned to Nashville this weekend for a top-notch competition.
Indigenous Colton Herta, Will Power and Scott Dixon have described it as one of the most challenging tracks on the American Open-Wheel Racing Program.
Dixon, a six-time IndyCar champion, joked with reporters that part of the challenge after the front row session was “going through one piece”.
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Tens of thousands of fans flocked to the area around Nisan Stadium to enjoy the weekend. Indicar has maintained high energy levels between Trans-Am, SRO GT America and Super Trucks, and Nashville-based music stars Dre Green, Brooks and Dunn and more.
Jonathan Goan, 37, said he and his 10-year-old son had competed in more than a dozen tracks across the United States and that Nashville was “truly” different from any other event.
“Road lessons are not like ovals, you can see 80-90% of the race,” Gowan said. But all the competition and qualification was really fun. In total, I give nine out of 10 on weekends.
Competition and festival all in one
At times, the musical city of Grand Prix felt more like Nashville’s talent and festival to show off its ability to host competitions.
In a press release on Sunday, McLaren’s CEO, Zach Brown, said that running on the Korean Veterans Bridge made the race “competitive” with some of the best races in the world.
Downtown Racing may be just the beginning of a multi-disciplinary race back to Nashville.
During the summer, Fairmelds Speedway, Nashville’s historic short-track racing, and Tony Stewart’s SRX racing series, drawing 14,000 people, but the Idikar weekend show the city has high expectations.
If Nashville Mayor John Cooper has his own way, more competition will soon be coming to the music city. At the table, there is a plan to renovate the Firmelds Expressway to 30,000 seats to accommodate the NASCAR race until the 1980s.
As with any first event, the Music City Great Run had its own problems: the staff spent the whole night holding the big stage that was missing on Saturday. However, Sunday’s population is estimated at around 60,000, making it the biggest IndyCar competition outside the league’s Indy 500 competition.
The Music City Great Run will continue for at least two more years, giving advertisers time to make kinks and fix what is good and what is not.
“Some things have to change,” says Goan. But I will definitely come back.
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