this May 21, 2015, file photo, City of Boston chief of
economic development John Barros, right, and tourism,
sports and entertainment director Ken Brissette, left,
examine an IndyCar mockup following a news conference
in Boston announcing the inaugural Grand Prix of
Boston scheduled for 2016. Organizers of the race,
which had been planned for Labor Day weekend this year
and again each year through 2020, told the open wheel
circuit Friday that they have scratched plans to bring
a race to the city.
First the 2024 Olympics. Now an IndyCar race is pulling out
of Boston before it even began.
of the Grand Prix of Boston, which had been planned for
Labor Day weekend this year and again each year through
2020, told the open wheel circuit Friday that they have
scratched plans to bring a race to the city. Like the
Olympics before it, the IndyCar race ran into public
opposition and a wavering commitment from local leaders.
the president and CEO of Hulman & Company, which owns
the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar circuit,
said in an interview with The Associated Press that the
promoter "is throwing in the towel."
very disappointing if that's the result," Miles said.
"It certainly will be a black eye for the city. I don't
blame it on the people of Boston. If it doesn't happen, it
will have to do with promoters of sports events being able
to make arrangements and rely on assurances given to
spokeswoman for the Grand Prix of Boston did not immediately
respond to an email or phone message seeking comment.
cancellation, which was first reported by The
Boston Globe , has a familiar ring to Boston residents,
who saw the city nominated by the USOC as the American
bidder for the 2024 Summer Olympics. That effort quickly ran
into public opposition; shortly after Mayor Marty Walsh said
he could not promise that the city would cover any cost
overruns, the USOC pulled the bid and decided to put forth
Los Angeles instead.
officials ran into the same obstacles, first from neighbors
that complained about the potential noise and inconvenience
and later from government officials unwilling to put public
funds at risk.
continued to work with Boston Grand Prix they were unwilling
or unable to meet the necessary requirements to hold an
event of this size," Patrick Brophy, the city's chief
of operations, said in a statement issued Friday night:
"The mayor feels strongly in protecting the taxpayers
and limiting the impact to residents, and we are not shy
that we held them to very high standards."
In a letter
sent to IndyCar team owners, Miles said the promoters
"concluded that constantly-evolving financial
conditions the city was trying to impose on the promoter
were unsustainable." A copy of the letter was obtained
by the AP on the condition of anonymity from an official who
was not authorized to release it.
race was originally announced in May as season-ending event
on an 11-turn, 2.25-mile loop laid out over public streets
near the South Boston waterfront.
the AP that IndyCar had been working on a backup plan.
is in place or finalized," he said.