Music City Grand Prix Fundrace for Youth Opportunity Foundation: Nashville, TN

Event Information

The first Music City Grand Prix IndyCar race through the streets of Nashville, Tennessee is coming this August, but first . . . IT'S YOUR TURN!

Get your co-workers together to field your own company racing team on Friday July 30, 2021 at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. Compete against the clock, other drivers, and other companies in a thrilling autocross competition for city bragging rights. 2-time Michigan 500 winner and 2-time Indy 500 runner up, Scott Goodyear, is your event host and will conduct the drivers meeting and provide informal coaching. He'll even do some laps of the course himself so you can see if you can beat the pro!

You will drive identical, MINI John Cooper Works Hardtops, engineered by BMW. These British built cars deliver surprising performance, but are docile enough for drivers of all levels. No previous racing or performance driving experience is required, nor is a helmet or other driving gear. The cars have sport automatic transmissions so you do not need to know how to drive a stick shift transmission to participate.

A minimum of three drivers is required for a team entry, but your team may have as many drivers as you wish. The best individual lap of the top three drivers on each team will be added together to determine each team's score. The team with the lowest score is the winner.

After a mandatory drivers meeting, each driver will first get a low speed orientation lap of the course with instructions given by a pro driver. You will then line up at the starting line for your first three timed laps. You will get two sessions of timed laps with a break in between sessions to debrief with your teammates. Participation takes approximately two hours.

You and your teammates may either register as a 3-person team and pay a single entry fee (convenient if your company is sponsoring your participation) or individually register as many drivers as you like. Individual registration options include either a 1-time fee of $750 or a registration fee of $50 with a minimum additional fundraising commitment of $600.

Net proceeds from the event will go to the Youth Opportunity Foundation, which provides support for vulnerable and post-adjudicated youth through education, training, and job development in the Nashville area and in other locations throughout the state Tennessee.

Charity Information

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What if you were judged your whole life for a mistake you made as a teenager? Would your life be different if you were neglected or abused as a child? Can you imagine being so emotionally broken that you are incapable of functioning - because you were an innocent victim of a horrifying crime? The Youth Opportunity Foundation is dedicated to giving traumatized and victimized young people a second chance. By getting behind the wheel in this event, you will be helping a young person get his or her life back on track in order to become a successful adult. How could it get any better?


Choose one of the following options:

  • Pay one-time registration fee of $750
  • Pay $50 registration fee and fundraise (min $600)
  • Pay 3-person team registration fee of $2,000

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  • Session 1:   8:30 am - 10:15 am
  • Session 2:   10:30 am - 12:15 pm
  • Session 3:   1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
  • Session 4:   3:00 pm - 4:45 pm


Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, Nashville, Tennessee

Event Sponsors

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Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of COVID-19 safety precautions will be taken?

The MINI Challenge is a low density, outdoor event with ample room for social distancing. Participant capacity is 24 people in each of four different lapping sessions during the day. This is well under the CDC’s recommended guidelines for public gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. 6 of the 24 people will be in cars at any given time. The 18 remaining participants will await their turn to drive in an expansive outdoor waiting area. The cars’ windows and sunroofs will be open during the event for maximum fresh air circulation. Masks, hand sanitizer, and disposable gloves will be available for all participants wishing to use them. Waste receptacles will be placed for the safe disposal of gloves.

What are my financial obligations by registering and what is your cancellation policy?

If you elect to register by paying a one-time fee, you will be obligated to pay that fee unless you cancel your participation at least three weeks prior to the event or name a substitute driver to take your place.

If you elect to register by paying the nominal registration fee and then solicit sponsors to fund the rest of your participation, you are responsible for delivering the amount of that pledge prior to the event. If you have not produced the pledge amount by the date of the event, you may still participate, but you will be responsible for making up the shortfall at on site check-in. If you have registered this way and you are unable to participate after registering, the donations of your sponsors are not refundable, but you may name a substitute driver to take your place any time up to the day of the event. You and / or your replacement driver are still responsible for delivering the pledge amount, however.

Where do I send people to make their sponsorship donation?

Once you register, you will have your own profile page to which you can add your photo and additional information for your prospective sponsors about your participation in the event. Your Profile page is where your sponsors can donate.

Do I have to sign up sponsors?

No, but if you elect not to have sponsors fund your participation you will be required to either pay a $750 individual registration fee or be on a 3-person team with a team registration fee of $2,000. This event is being held to raise funds for the Youth Opportunity Foundation. The different registration fee options give you a choice about the way in which you'd like to participate and also helps ensure that sufficient funds will be raised to justify the work involved in conducting the event.

What if it rains on the event date?

The event will be run rain or shine.

Event Rules & Requirements

The event capacity is 96 drivers (24 drivers x four, 2-hour driving sessions).

You will register for one of four 2-hour driving sessions scheduled during the day.

The winning team is determined by adding the best (lowest) single lap time of each team's three fastest drivers.

Drivers must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid drivers license.

Passengers are allowed, but must be at least 12 years of age.

No helmets or other driving equipment are required.

No alcohol will be served at the event.

Miles Ahead reserves the right to disqualify any participant that is judged to be driving in a reckless manner.