Foundation offers VIP treatment to service members at Music City Grand Prix

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – Day two of the Music City Grand Prix proved to be eventful, beyond the races and available activities. The morning started out brutally hot, then turned into thunderstorms in the afternoon.

But there was a group of fans who did it in the shade – and rightly so.

“For veterans to specifically see organizations that care about me – that means a lot,” said Jeff Bryson of Warfighter Scuba.

The quaint Bridge Building, located near the Music City Grand Prix track, was overrun this weekend by active duty and retired veterans. Appropriately, it was dubbed the Patriot Outpost and was completely free, if you met the requirements.

“A way to come in, get refreshed, have something to eat, and share life stories with people who might not otherwise listen to them,” Bryson said.

The Harbaugh Foundation has partnered with other military support groups, like Bryson’s Warfighter Scuba, to provide the ultimate pit row for military families. In addition to food, drink and a cool place to watch the race, they also served help.

“A lot of guys and girls don’t know there are resources out there,” Bryson said. “There are people who will take care of them and there are organizations that can help them.”

Because while this weekend is rightly all about competition, it’s good to know that there are organizations helping everyone cross the finish line.

“Partnering with Harbough has helped us be able to provide this to more people,” he said.

Intense heat

Day two of the Music City Grand Prix started off feeling smooth. Thomas Clark ran here to watch the race from his home in Rochester, New York.

“A road trip through city streets is always intriguing,” Clark said.

Just like a good pit crew, it came prepared for its fiercest enemy, the brutal heat.

“A wide-brimmed hat for a little protection from the sun, a light cooling towel, a quick-drying shirt to wick away sweat, it’s light pants – I didn’t want to wear shorts. So, I’m more ‘easy.” he said.

Rain delays

Around 2:30 p.m., the Music City Grand Prix had to stop all racing and ask everyone to take shelter at Nissan Stadium or a nearby hotel, due to a lightning strike detected in the area.

The green light was given shortly after 4 p.m. for the race to resume at 5 p.m.

Indy Lights, Vintage Indy and SST have all been canceled from the Saturday schedule. IndyCar qualifying was scheduled to start at 5:15 p.m. The Tim McGraw concert will continue as planned.

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