Kix Brooks, John Oates, Justin Timberlake Back Music City Grand Prix

by Joe Rutland

The Music City Grand Prix gains some heavy music hitters with country singer Kix Brooks and pop singers John Oates and Justin Timberlake.

On Thursday, it was announced that Timberlake has joined the group’s ownership group. Brooks and Oates are now part of the advisory board for the race in Nashville.

The race will have a blend of concerts and auto racing within it. In addition, Brooks and Ronnie Dunn have developed a close relationship with NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt. Oates also has a history of racing before starting his musical career with partner Daryl Hall.

Besides Timberlake, NASCAR team owner and driver Justin Marks and former Delta Airlines chief executive officer Gil West are part of the ownership team.

Music City Grand Prix Barrier Blocks Start Arriving

Meanwhile, concrete blocks that will be used as the barrier for the race’s 2.17-mile course are now arriving and being put away at Nissan Stadium. The blocks are produced by Jarrette Concrete, which is located in Ashland City, Tenn.

Middle Tennessee State University students are helping in the creation of the environmentally-conscious mixes used for the blocks.

“What I wanted to do was to make sure we protected the viability of the mix, but also interjected a greener, more sustainable, less carbon dioxide-intensive mix,” Heather Brown, Middle Tennessee State University professor at the School of Concrete and Construction Management, said. “So we went in and helped (Jarrett Concrete) trial some mixes that introduced fly ash and slag to try to offset the cement demand. Because cement mix creates greenhouse gasses.”

In order to form the track, 2,142 blocks must be made. Each one will be 50 cubic feet and weigh close to 3,000 pounds.

The race weekend is Aug. 6-8 in downtown Nashville.

Kix Brooks Compares Childhood To ‘Andy Griffith Show’

Recently, Kix Brooks shared some observations about his childhood with Outsider’s Marty Smith on the latest episode of “The Road You Leave Behind With Marty Smith.”

Brooks can see how his own family life really mirrored that of Mayberry and “The Andy Griffith Show.” He said that the Andy Griffith-starring comedy looked a lot like the way he lived life as a child.

He recalls losing his mother at a young age, something he had in common with Opie Taylor, played by a young Ron Howard. His paternal grandmother took over the motherly role, moving in with him and his dad.

“My grandmother was big,” Brooks said. “Looked just like Aunt Bee.”

Brooks’ father was a real-life version of Andy Taylor, he said.

“My father, if you’d have met him, (was the) picture-perfect image of Andy Griffith,” Brooks said. “He talked like him and even kind of looked like him and had that same kind of homespun way about him and always seemed to have a good moral at the end of the day. He was always my grounded mentor.”

H/T: Tennessean