The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix It’s as much about music as it is racing, so it’s no surprise that music industry mogul Scott Borchetta is heavily involved in the inaugural Friday-Sunday event in downtown Nashville.
What may surprise is that Borchetta’s involvement will not be limited to the music. He will change gears on Saturday after helping to stage several music numbers and compete in the Trans Am Series (TA2 division) race presented by Pirelli.
Borchetta, 59, has competed for many years. Before making his mark in the world of music, he raced Legend cars in the 1990s at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway and won three consecutive NASCAR SuperTruck Series Championships (2003-05).
After hitting the music hard, Borchetta returned to the race track a few years ago when he proposed to NASCAR Hall of Fame member Ray Evernham to drive for him in the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association.
“” I thought I was done, then my mate Ray Evernham made me come race old cars with him and we did really well there and I was like, ‘Okay, what’s the next step? “” said Borchetta. “The Trans I race with our old races and so I got to be around these cars and took a few starts and I was like, ‘Wow, that’ is really fun. “So I’ve been running for the last three years and I’m having a blast.”
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Borchetta was inducted into the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Hall of Fame in 2020.
In addition to discovering Taylor Swift, Borchetta has led the careers of Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, Reba McEntire Tim McGraw, Trisha Yearwood, Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride and many more.
Borchetta founded Big Machine Label Group, title sponsor of the IndyCar Music City Grand Prix.
Borchetta drove a 1972 Corvette for two years in classic car racing before moving up to the top division in 2020 and posting three top 10s in four races.
Justin Marks, owner of Trackhouse Racing, the Nashville-based NASCAR Cup Series team, is also one of 40 drivers in the Trans Am Race.
Marks, 40, who has only competed in seven Trans Am races, won a NASCAR Xfinity Series race in 2016 in Mid-Ohio and an ARCA Menards Series race in 2010 at Palm Beach, Florida International Raceway.
âI have been a huge believer in this entire event from the first day I heard of it,â Marks said.
âI think this will be a very special and successful event for a long time. It was easy for me to commit to being involved from a property perspective. And personally, by attending the event – I basically ran full time for 20 years but when i retired that didn’t necessarily mean i was going to stop driving. do, and I love the Trans Am Series.
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