Nashville Officially Nixes Plans for Grand Prix
Less than a week after announcing their intent to host a street race, the Music City reverses its position, cancelling plans for a race.
Nashville giveth and Nashville taketh away.
Organizers for a planned street race in the historic city, centered around Nissan Stadium (home of the NFL's Tennessee Titans) saw their plans fall short Wednesday after a meeting with Nashville Mayor Megan Barry.
A spokesman for the Mayor's office said about the proposal, "In the end, we just felt like there were just too many unanswered questions, especially in regards to the needed infrastructure and, quite honestly, just how do we work around this city's vigorous special events schedule."
Pocono Raceway President, Joe Mattioli, one of the figureheads of the grand prix movement said in a statement, "Clearly, there's a lot of interest in large events that are racing-related and centered around motorsports. But I think just like with any other event, especially here in Nashville, it has to be the right event at the right time, and we just aren't there yet." He added, "While we are disappointed with today's announcement, the Grand Prix of Nashville continues to move forward"
So while a race may not be on the cards for Music City in the near future, it certainly looks like organizers wont be backing down anytime soon, and hopefully, soon enough the sound of Indycars will add to the bustling cacophony that is downtown Nashville.