Participant ProfileRyan Vinett
Music City Grand Prix Fundrace for Youth Opportunity Foundation: Nashville, TN
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.
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?