- Kurtz, Mercedes-AMG heading in with a comfortable points lead in SRO3
- Points are tight at the top of GT4 among Aston Martin drivers
- An exciting follow-up to last year’s debut event on Nashville’s winding street circuit
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Nashville, Tennessee - GT America powered by AWS heads to the hills of north-central Tennessee August 5-7 for the sophomore running of the Music City Grand Prix. This event was a paddock and fan-favorite during its 2021 season debut, as it’s one of the most entertaining to both drive and spectate. The 11-turn, 2.17-mile circuit has everything: elevation changes, hard braking zones, slow and fast corners, and blistering straights. With a field of 31 cars spread across SRO3, GT2, and GT4, gaining position will be no easy task during a pair of thundering 40-minute races.
GT America is sports car sprint racing at its finest. Featuring multiple classes, no pit stops, and just 40 minutes to get it done, it's a mad dash to the finish line as international motorsports’ top manufacturers duke it out for top-podium finishes. For this fifth weekend of the 2022 season, racers will line up in grid behind the wheel of Aston Martins, Audis, BMWs, Chevrolets, Ferraris, Fords, Mercedes-AMGs, Porsches and Toyotas.
George Kurtz, driver of the #04 CrowdStrike with Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3, is flying high after a four-race sweep between VIR and Watkins Glen. Kurtz has been on the podium in seven of the first eight races to command a 53 point lead in the championship. He showed immense pace all-weekend-long at the Glen, and has no intention of slowing down before the streets of Nashville—he’ll be racing in this weekend’s TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa amongst a massive field of 66 cars. Can the Mercedes-AMG front-runner keep up the momentum after back-to-back-to-back race weekends on two continents? We’re certainly anxious to find out!
Second in points, the #27 Daskalos Racing Audi R8 LMS driven by Jason Daskalos has claimed two wins and two other podium finishes so far this season. Considering Daskalos’ tremendous driving on the streets of St. Pete at the beginning of the season, plus his two second-place finishes at Nashville last year, he’ll definitely be a force to be reckoned with.
The Zelus Motorsports Lamborghini Huracan GT3 duo of Jason Harward (#88) and Jeff Burton (#191) will be strong rivals to chase down or stay ahead of in Nashville. Harward has one win and three other podium finishes while Burton has three podium finishes and will be looking for a win in Nashville. Will the mid-engined Lamborghini have an outmaneuvering edge over Kurtz’s AMG between Nashville’s unforgiving walls?
Fifth in points is Justin Wetherill (#37 Triarsi Competizione Ferrari 488 GT3), who scored one of his two podium finishes at St. Pete, and will be looking for a strong run. Additionally, his teammate Onofrio Triarsi will be in the grid as well.
The #70 Mishumotors Callaway Corvette of Mirco Schultis has become a fan favorite this season. With four fourth-place finishes, Schultis is looking to break through to spray some champagne from the podium.
In GT2, GMG Racing’s CJ Moses will pilot the #58 AUDI R8 LMS GT2. Moses is no stranger to speed, and has a good chance at finishing high in the overall results among the 31-car field.
The GT4 class has been hotly contested with seven different winners in the first eight races. This class is too close to make predictions.
Jason Bell in the #2 GMG Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 has had a solid 2022 so far, with a win at St. Petersburg, plus four third-place finishes to hold a slight points lead. The Central Floridian will be looking to buffer his points lead. If St. Petersburg’s action is anything to go by, he’ll definitely have a solid chance.
Ross Chouest (#50 Chouest Povoledo Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMG GT4) lies second in points balancing speed with a 100% finishing record. Chouest started the season with three fourth-place finishes in the first four races. This past weekend, he scored a pair of runner-up finishes. Will Nashville be his breakthrough weekend of 2022?
Moisey Uretsky (#55 Accelerating Performance Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4) is third in points with one win, a second, and a pair of thirds. The thirds were both on the St. Pete street course, so we know that Uretsky is up to the challenge for Nashville.
Half of the 2021 Nashville podium will be seeking to repeat their successes, including Chris Cagnazzi (#39 Cameron Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4) who earned a first-place finish in Race 2, and Robb Holland (#99 Rotek Racing Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport) who climbed the podium steps back-to-back with second and third place finishes. If Holland can repeat his 2021 success, it could lead to a step forward in 2022 championship points. Holland may have ‘good dog karma’ working for him as he’ll be supporting the Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue.
Marko Radisic (#22 SRQ Motorsports BMW M4 GT4) started the season with a win in St. Pete and will be looking to return to the podium after a recent run of bad luck.
VIR Race 2 SRO3 second-place finisher and World Challenge veteran Andy Pilgrim will return to the GT America grid, this time in GT4, behind the wheel of the #3 Regal Motorsports LLC/Bartone Bros Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport-MR.
Blue oval fans will be cheering for the #124 ARG/Rotek Racing Ford Mustang GT4 of Edgar Lau. The field also welcomes Jayson Clunie who will be piloting the #11 Fast Track Racing BMW M4 GT4.
Tickets are available now. Come witness non-stop action between SRO3, GT2, and GT4 machinery by Aston Martins, Audis, BMWs, Chevrolets, Ferraris, Fords, Mercedes-AMGs, Porsches and Toyotas. The weekend will not only feature GT America’s exciting brand of sports car racing, but it’s also a key stop on the 2022 IndyCar calendar. Nashville will be the second and final street race of the season for the GT America racers. The season will conclude with stops at Road America, Sebring, and Indianapolis.