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Nashville Street Course Replaces CTMP on Updated Schedule

Nashville street circuit replaces CTMP on GT America’s updated 2021 schedule…

Photo: Fabio Lagunas/SRO America

Two street races as part of the Music City Grand Prix weekend in Nashville have been added to the schedule for GT America’s inaugural season next year.

SRO America’s new series for GT3, GT2 and GT4 cars will have a spot on the support bill for the NTT IndyCar Series’ first street race event in Tennessee’s capital city on Aug. 6-8.

Nashville replaces Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on the seven-round GT America schedule but it was mooted as a possible venue before the provisional calendar came out last month.

No reason has yet been given for CTMP dropping off the schedule. The Ontario circuit was due to host round three in May, while Nashville takes up the round four slot.

CTMP will still host GT World Challenge America powered by AWS, Pirelli GT4 America and TC America, however.

SRO America has a history of racing on street courses with GT4 America holding a regular place on the IndyCar Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Grand Prix bill.

The two GT America races in Nashville will run to the series’ standard 40-minute length.

“We’re honored to be a part of the inaugural Music City Grand Prix,” said SRO America president and CEO Greg Gill.

“GT America offers a bespoke GT racing experience that we know fans will enjoy out on track and in the paddock. For our drivers and teams, Nashville offers a unique opportunity to race with INDYCAR and be a part of a special event.”

Music City Grand Prix COO Jason Rittenberry added: “We are excited to welcome SRO’s GT America to the Music City Grand Prix.

“GT America speeding through the streets of Nashville will power great racing and competition while allowing our fans to experience some of the world’s most recognizable exotic and luxury manufacturers.

“This series adds even more exhilarating on-track motorsports activity to complement the world-class musical and culinary experiences of the weekend.”

Besides CTMP swapping out for Nashville, the rest of next year’s GT America schedule remains the same as what was announced in the provisional calendar reveal.

The new championship is aimed at amateur drivers and is a merger of SRO America’s Pirelli GT4 America Sprint and GT Sports Club America series that operated this year.

2021 GT America Schedule
Mar. 6-8 – Sonoma Raceway
Apr. 30-May. 2 – Circuit of The Americas
Jun. 11-13 – Virginia International Raceway
Aug. 6-8 – Nashville
Aug. 27-29 – Road America
Sep. 17-19 – Watkins Glen
Oct. 15-17 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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