Talking on the announcement of Nashville taking the place of Laguna Seca as the final round of the 2024 IndyCar calendar, Team Penske’s Newgarden – who hails from close by Hendersonville – stated he hopes for a good championship finale on the brand new observe format that takes in far more of town’s downtown district.
“I believe as a driver, to talk on everyone’s behalf, all of us love coming to Nashville and racing this occasion,” stated Newgarden. “It’s a large bucket record merchandise for anyone that’s in motorsports.
“Proud to be from right here. Proud to dwell again right here with my household. I believe we’ll placed on a extremely good present for the season finale. It should be chaotic, which goes to be nice for the followers.
“You are going to hope for a good championship finale. For us it is demanding, however the followers are the winners on this factor. It should be an awesome present.”
Why the brand new Nashville racetrack was wanted
The revised 2.17-mile, seven-turn observe design is required as a result of constructing of a brand new stadium for the Tennessee Titans NFL group, who cemented a $2.1 billion settlement to construct an enclosed 60,000-seat, 1.7 million-square-foot stadium alongside the east financial institution of the Cumberland River.
That can be constructed adjoining to the present Nissan Stadium, close to the world the place the present observe runs and the paddock is located.
President and CEO of Penske Leisure Corp Mark Miles defined that the brand new observe and finale date for 2024 had been a cheerful coincidence that may elevate the occasion.
“From the very starting, really earlier than the primary race, the management of the promoter group was bugging me concerning the concept of this being the finale,” he stated. “[I said] proper, simply run a race first and let’s examine if it really works, let’s develop into the chance.
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“I simply form of dismissed it, to be trustworthy with you. Then we had the state of affairs the place I believe necessity is the mom of invention, the state of affairs the place the Nissan Stadium developed. They got here to us with a plan that simply blew us away.
“The one query for us was: ‘Are you able to do it? Are you able to really pull all these items collectively proper right here on this hallowed floor for this host metropolis?’
“I believe it could be one of the best large occasion metropolis, one of the best leisure metropolis in the USA. The epicenter of it’s proper right here on Broadway.”
With nearly all of the observe switching sides throughout the Cumberland River, Miles realised that will legitimise the end-of-season standing.
He added: “After we thought of the potential for our race being right here, we stated: ‘What was the thought concerning the finale? That is going to deserve that.’
“It should be an exceptional occasion that may take the IndyCar finale to an entire ’nother degree, together with our celebration of that finale.
“The racing can be incredible. This observe goes to be quick with nice passing zones.
“We predict we’ll have nice sport. We all know it is going to be a brilliant entertaining, enjoyable place to have the finale. We could not be extra enthusiastic about it.”