Justin Timberlake is joining the ownership group responsible for bringing the Music City Grand Prix urban street race to Nashville in August. In addition to Timberlake, other music industry members joining the effort are President & CEO of the Big Machine Label Group, Scott Borchetta, and EVP/Music Sports & Entertainment at Pinnacle Financial Partners, Andy Moats.
Timberlake—who is from Memphis, Tennessee—has had ties to the racing world before, backing late British driver Dan Wheldon’s winning effort in the Indianapolis 500 in 2011 through a sponsorship with his clothing company William Rast. Other new additions to the ownership group include former Delta Airlines COO Gil West, and NASCAR team owner/driver Justin Marks. Just last month, Marks’ Trackhouse Racing team announced a new addition to his team—Grammy-winning Latin artist Pitbull.
The three-day international festival of speed and sound will be staged August 6-8 on a temporary 2.17-mile grand prix circuit in downtown Nashville and around the Nissan Stadium campus. The course will cross the Cumberland River via the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge, making the Music City Grand Prix one of the only events in motorsports to cross over a major body of water. In addition to a weekend of racing, attendees can look forward to live music performances by top artists, best-in-class chef-curated food experiences, and more.
“I am incredibly proud of the ownership group we have assembled,” says Matt Crews, CEO of Music City Grand Prix, “Our group combines game changers in the world of business, music and motorsports. Each person brings something unique to the table that will be invaluable as we merge motorsports, music and food into a one-of-a-kind event. This event will be one to remember and one to be celebrated year after year in the heart of Music City. We look forward to the team’s unique perspectives and the magic that soon will become the inaugural Music City Grand Prix.”
Other Music City Grand Prix Owners:
Teddy Phillips – CEO Phillips and Jordan, Inc.
Kevin Clayton – President & CEO of Clayton Homes
Brad Lager – Chairman & CEO Herzog Contracting Corporation
JR Hand – President/CEO Hand Family Companies
Darby Campbell – Owner and President of Safe Harbor Development
Stanton Barrett – Movie Director, Stunt Coordinator, Race Car Driver
Drew Kitchen – Attorney Maynard Cooper
Amish Purohit – Alpha Development
John Thompson – CEO MTA Distributors
Ace Harrington – COO MTA Distributors
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