Nashville, will not host a round of the Verizon IndyCar Series in the near future due to logistical concerns.
The original proposal by Grand Prix of Nashville organisers would have seen a five day ‘Festival of Speed and Music’ take place in the city, culminating in the running of the Verizon IndyCar Series race around the Nissan Stadium.
The series have lost Watkins Glen from the 2018 schedule with the event being replaced by Portland which is returning to the calendar.
Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden, the defending series champion, who is from Tennessee, had backed the proposed race at the Nissan Stadium however, the decision that the race will not happen next season will come as a disappointment to Newgarden.
Speaking to the Sports board on Tuesday, on behalf of Mayor Megan Barry, Metro Sports Authority Director, Monica Fawknotson commented by saying:
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,” “There’s just so much going on.