BIG MACHINE MUSIC CITY GRAND PRIX ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP CHANGES
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 30, 2022) – – Today the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix announced a
series of executive-level promotions to strengthen their overall organization and support the growth of
the event as they enter their third year in August 2023. The three-day festival of racing and music
features the NTT IndyCar Series on the streets of Nashville and multiple concerts from many of music’s
Most notable of the executive changes, Jason Rittenberry will assume the additional role of President.
Rittenberry has served as Chief Operating Officer from the inception of the event. In his new role as
President & Chief Operating Officer he will continue to oversee all operations of the event and on track
motorsports activity. A 22-year veteran of motorsports and entertainment, Rittenberry previously
served as Chief Strategy Officer at Circuit of The Americas overseeing the Formula One United States
Grand Prix and Austin 360 Amphitheater. His career includes tenure as President & CEO of IRG Sports +
Entertainment and President & General Manager of Memphis Motorsports Park.
Liz Allison has been named Executive Vice President. Allison, having served as Director of Partnerships,
Client Services and Special Events, since joining the team in January of 2021, will expand her
responsibilities in this new executive role. Allison has over 25-years of motorsports client services,
special events and premium hospitality experience in NASCAR. Allison is the wife of the late Davey
Allison, and later a member of the sports media covering motorsports. As Executive Vice President, she
will continue to oversee strategic and investor relations, partnerships, guest experiences and premium
Tony Cotman, the original course designed for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, has been named
Director of Infrastructure in addition to his role as Track Designer. Cotman will continue to oversee the
course design, work closely with motorsports sanctioning bodies, and manage the organization’s rapidly
growing infrastructure inventory. Cotman has over 25-years of motorsports experience and also serves
as President of NZR Consulting. He has a unique background in race course and track design,
construction and operations and serves as the designer of multiple racing circuits worldwide. Cotman
previously served as the Vice President of Competition for IndyCar, Vice President of Operations for
ChampCar and as an IndyCar Steward and Racetrack Engineer and Designer. He currently serves as the
US Representative to the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).
Brad Margolis has been named as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance and Administration.
In addition to finance and administration, Margolis will oversee the ticketing sales and operations for
the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. Prior to the MCGP, Margolis spent the last 13 years working with
a single-family office that built and invested in consumer businesses spanning media and entertainment,
festivals, restaurants, sports, and technology. He holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of
Georgia and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
“I’m incredibly proud of this executive team. There is well over 100 years of motorsports and festival
experience between this group of leaders”, stated Matt Crews, CEO. “Dedication, hard work, passion,
and leadership from this team is immeasurable and will be instrumental in our continued growth and
position us as one of Nashville and motorsports marquee events.”
In addition to these executive level changes, the organization announced the following senior
management promotions. Charlie Legeman promoted to Sr Director of Sales and Partnerships, Kent
Russell promoted to Sr. Director of Ticketing and Kristen Moser promoted to Sr. Director of Operations.
For more information on the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix visit www.musiccitygp.com or follow along using @MusicCityGP on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.