KNOXVILLE BUSINESS LEADERS PLAY PROMINENT ROLE IN TENNESSEE’S FIRST INDYCAR URBAN RACING FESTIVAL
Group believes in the broad, long-term appeal and state-wide benefit
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (February 10, 2021)– Although the Music City Grand Prix is being held in Nashville, August 6-8, 2021, prominent Knoxville business leaders have played key roles in bringing the event to fruition as investors. Teddy Phillips, CEO of Phillips and Jordan Inc., has been involved almost since the event’s inception while Kevin Clayton, CEO of Clayton Homes, and Darby Campbell, Owner and President of Safe Harbor Development, were early investors and have been invaluable in the process to make the Grand Prix a reality, including multiple meetings with Penske Entertainment and INDYCAR executives Roger Penske and Mark Miles.
“We’re all very excited to be involved and see the amazing potential for the event, not just in Nashville but across the state of Tennessee and beyond,” said Teddy Phillips. “An event of this magnitude has broad appeal, and the tourism benefits and economic impact will be felt across the state,” added Phillips. “We are very fortunate to have Teddy, Kevin, and Darby as part of our ownership group,” said Christian Parker, president, Music City Grand Prix. “It’s a testament to the excitement that this festival has generated in Tennessee and the gateway it can become for growth and visibility across the Volunteer State. As a privately funded event, we couldn’t do it without our incredible ownership group,” continued Parker.
Justin Timberlake – Singer, Songwriter, Actor & Producer
Teddy Phillips – CEO, Phillips and Jordan, Inc.
Stanton Barrett – Movie Director, Stunt Coordinator & Race Car Driver
Scott Borchetta –President & CEO, Big Machine Label Group
JR Hand –President/CEO, Hand Family Companies
Darby Campbell – Owner & President, Safe Harbor Development
Justin Marks – NASCAR Team Owner & Driver
Gil West –Former Delta Airlines Chief Operating Officer
Kevin Clayton – CEO, Clayton Homes
Brad Lager – Chairman & CEO, Herzog Contracting Corporation
Drew Kitchen – Attorney, Maynard Cooper
Andy Moats – EVP/Music Sports & Entertainment, Pinnacle Financial Partners
Amish Purohit – Alpha Development
John Thompson –CEO, MTA Distributors
Ace Harrington – COO, MTA Distributors
The three-day international festival of speed and sound will be staged 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 the best Nashville has to offer, including live music performances by top artists, best-in-class chef-curated food experiences, and entertainment that centers on speed in a way only Music City can serve up. For more information on the Music City Grand Prix visit musiccitygp.com or follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @musiccitygp.
About Music City Grand Prix Music City Grand Prix is a three-day international festival of speed and sound featuring an NTT INDYCAR® SERIES event. The event aims to create a comprehensive world-class international destination event that highlights Nashville, Tennessee, the Music City and the Mid-South region. It will include music, food, culture and entertainment centered on the speed, technology, skill and excitement of up-close urban INDYCAR and other forms of racing. As a privately funded event, Music City Grand Prix is owned and operated by 615GP, LLC. More information is available at www.musiccitygp.com.