Big Machine Music City Grand Prix

It’s starting to get real in downtown Nashville.

Construction of the street circuit for the inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix is underway on the streets of Nashville, as preparations are in top gear for the inaugural NTT INDYCAR SERIES street race in the Tennessee city Aug. 6-8.

With Nissan Stadium (home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans) serving as the paddock for the race, the 2.17-mile temporary track will race across the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge into downtown Nashville and back, making the Music City Grand Prix one of the only events in motorsports to cross over a major body of water.

The first street course added to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule since 2013, it features 11 turns and plenty of straightaways for drivers to pass.

Noted track designer Tony Cotman designed the circuit, which also includes a modular system for safety barriers and safety fencing being used for the first time on an American temporary street circuit.

Here are some fast facts about construction of the circuit for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix:

10,000 – Tires provided by Firestone that will be built into tire pack safety enhancements in the runoff areas.

2,000 – Barriers and matching fence panels that come in 12-foot sections and make up the modular system to build out the track footprint.

1,200 – Linear feet of newly constructed concrete pit boxes, with each being 18 feet wide.

553 – Yards of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge that the competitors will cross on the layout.

250 – Barriers added to the pit lane area.

173.6 – Miles that the competitors will run in the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix.

80 – Laps scheduled for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix.

18 – Nights required to complete the layout build.

11 – Turns through the layout.

2.17 – Miles that make up the track length.

1 – The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix crosses a major body of water, the Cumberland River.