Boston’s Labor Day Indy Grand Prix has been cancelled after the event’s promoters and the city could not come to terms regarding the race. The Boston Indy race cancellation is being followed by finger pointing from all involved. The race was planned for September 2-4, 2016, along a temporary 2.2-mile road by the seaport. The racecourse was to snake around the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. However, the Boston Grand Prix promoters suddenly announced that the race had been cancelled. The Boston promoters and city officials are now pointing fingers at one another trying to determine who is to blame for the event being cancelled.
The announcement of the cancellation came by the Boston Grand Prix’s Facebook page. The CEO of the local IndyCar group John Casey is pointing the finger at the city’s mayor, Martin J. Walsh’s administration. Casey described the following in a statement to the Boston Herald, citing the administration as difficult to deal with and not living up to the agreements put into place between his group and the city. According to Casey, the relationship between the Boston Grand Prix, the city and state had deteriorated to the point there was no way to run a successful Indy race.
City officials followed suit by pointing the finger back at the IndyCar group. Sources involved in the negotiations implied that the Indy race promoters were lying about coming to agreements with other agencies and landowners to build the temporary racecourse. The situation was further described as the Indy race promoters did not give the administration notice when they cancelled the race, prior to publicly announcing the decision.
The decision by the promoters to cancel the Indy race in Boston may have come quickly but the aftermath of finger pointing continued to go back and forth with Casey not holding back his feelings in an interview with the Boston Herald. Casey called the termination of the race the equivalent of ending an abusive relationship. Casey followed that accusation up by implying the state and city were unreasonable with their requests and demands of the IndyCar group.
Boston Governor, Charlie Baker’s attorney released a statement that the state had agreed to several concessions and deadline changes requested by the Indy race promoters. However, the group was not able to produce the landowner agreements necessary to build the racetrack by the May 1, deadline pointing the finger back at the IndyCar group.
Regardless of the finger pointing between the promoters and city officials, the Indy race has been cancelled with no word on any potential resolution. Nevertheless, what preceded to lead to the dissolution of the relationship between the parties involved, Boston may still come out as a winner.
In the contract between the city and the national IndyCar group, the Boston Grand Prix agreed to pay a $1.5 million fine if the race did not take place. Casey did not make comments regarding the agreement with the city or the potential fine for not having the race.
The Indy race promoters may be out of a lot of money, as a result of not coming to terms with city and state officials. In addition to the fine, the group will be refunding all ticket sales for the cancelled event. Ticket prices ranged from $2,000 per person, for a pass to “The Pit Lane Club,” to $99 for general admission to all three days of the event, according to the race’s website. Refunds will be credited back to purchasers credit cards and the website is no longer accepting ticket orders.
By Gichele Cocrelle
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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