IndyCar @ Boston Has Been Cancelled

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IndyCar @ Boston Has Been Cancelled

Post by BooyakaDragon on Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:04 pm

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/04/29/indycar-race-scratched-for-seaport/bGK50NRCat3ldIjYKL7D1J/story.html

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By Mark Arsenault GLOBE STAFF  APRIL 29, 2016
Promoters of an Indycar race in the Seaport this fall are peeling out of Boston and will not race here, said John Casey, president of the Grand Prix of Boston.

“The relationship between us and the city is not working,” Casey said in a Globe interview. “The relationship is untenable.”

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The inaugural Grand Prix of Boston had been scheduled for Labor Day weekend, on a 2.2-mile temporary street course around the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Promoters last May signed an agreement with Walsh to hold the race in 2016, and annually for up to four more years.

Instead, the promoters will turn to Plan B, and will try to hold a Labor Day race in a backup city in the Northeast, he said. The promoters have had contact with two other cities, he said, one of which is in New England.

“They are both willing to do it without the headaches of Boston,” he said.

Casey said city officials made relentless and unrealistic demands on the promoters that eventually just became too much to bear.

“I’m writing a book about this whole process,” he said. “It’s so ridiculous, it’s hysterical.”

Casey’s announcement comes after months of negotiations with city and state officials on agreements to hold the race.

LogMeIn CEO Bill Wagner signed on early as a major sponsor for the event, in part because of the positive attention he said the race would bring to the city and to the neighborhood. His company’s Summer Street offices overlook a portion of the race course.

“We’re really disappointed,” said Wagner, who pointed to a city Conservation Commission vote last week that added to the race’s permitting woes. “It felt like another hurdle was thrown at them.”

Wagner noted that ticket sales were off to a stronger than expected start, and employees at his high-tech company were enthusiastic.

“The level of excitement among our employees [about the race] had exceeded my expectations,” Wagner said. “It had a much broader appeal than a lot of people expected.”

The long-term impact to the city, Wagner said, could involve ripple effects that go well beyond the loss of the Labor Day weekend race.

“It’s going to send a signal to other people trying to bring events to Boston,” Wagner said. “If anyone else brings an event to Boston, I’m sure they’re going to call IndyCar and ask what their experience was. I would hate to hear what that call was [like].”
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Re: IndyCar @ Boston Has Been Cancelled

Post by PackerMan71 on Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:41 pm

Sucks, but sounds like the promoters were prepared just in case this happened.
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Re: IndyCar @ Boston Has Been Cancelled

Post by RyanB06 on Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:13 pm

Seems like somebody in the city government didn't want this race to happen.

Which sucks, because I HAD PLANNED ON GOING TO THE EVENT. Mad
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Re: IndyCar @ Boston Has Been Cancelled

Post by Alta on Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:38 pm

I kind of wish Indycar waited till they had the permits and stuff for the race before they made the announcement of its happening...but at the same time time the reaction from Boston ranged on nothing short but childish. It's one thing to not want the race there for reasons that had water to them, it's another thing to blatantly have an agenda in a local newspaper to do nothing but trash the race. (In same case ignoring facts)

I really hope Indycar can come up with something, as they need more tracks on the schedule...not less.
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Post by SpeedDemon37 on Sat Apr 30, 2016 11:41 pm

That's such a shame, and especially considering that there were few reasons for this other than a select group of people going out of their way to try to make everyone oppose the race for no discernible reasons. From everything that I've read, I was really anticipating this race.

Hopefully IndyCar will be able to race in one of their backup cities, whichever ones that they are.
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