As the lawyer who represented residents of the Seaport and other Boston neighborhoods impacted by the now-canceled IndyCar race, I offer the following observations on the debacle:
Citizen activism worked. A diverse coalition of residents pursued every angle to bring attention to the adverse impacts of the race on public health, safety, and the environment. Concern spread steadily throughout the community as more people and neighborhood associations learned about the adverse impacts of this event and the six months of construction that would be involved. In the end, the group’s hard work and participation in the public process paid off.
Statement from Boston Mayor Walsh and Mark Miles, CEO of Indycar's Parent Company, Hulman & Company Below is a joint statement from Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Mark Miles, CEO of IndyCar's parent company, Hulman & Company:
"Boston has an open door for new and innovative ideas that will benefit the city's future. While it is disappointing that IndyCar will not race in Boston this year, we look forward to continuing our work together to bring IndyCar to Boston in the future. Boston has always been a great partner for IndyCar and we are confident that with a strong local promoter the race can be a great success."
Editor's Note: When did IndyCar ever race in Boston such that they 'have always been a great partner for IndyCar'? We are trying to figure out what prompted this strange joint press release.
Bubba Wallace Lands Two Sponsorship Deals For Upcoming Xfinity Races
Roush Fenway Racing today announced two sponsorship deals for Bubba Wallace’s No. 6 Ford Mustang in the Xfinity Series, an every-bit-helps step for a car that remains searching for sponsorship a few months into the ’16 season.
For the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 200 at Dover Speedway next weekend, Wallace’s No. 6 will sport colors from LoudMouth Exhausts, an exhaust systems company that specializes in working on sports and muscle cars.
Context Creates Design For Success With Byrd Team With Bryan Clauson’s Dale Coyne/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing machine just days away from taking to the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to begin practice for the 100th running of the Greatest Spectacle In Racing, Jonathan Byrd’s Racing is pleased to introduce another partner to their effort, in the form of Context Design.
Context Design (www.context-design.com) was established in 1998 as a small, client-focused landscape architecture and land planning firm near Indianapolis, Indiana. Context’s award-winning site design studio is passionate about helping clients to create meaningful spaces and experiences that connect people to the land. As the company has evolved over 18 years of practice, the studio’s reach now includes projects in the Midwest, Southeast, and Southwest regions of the country. While the size and capacity of the firm has certainly grown, its focus on delivering excellent service has remained.
Royal Purple Revs Up For The Indy 500 As Sponsor Of Ed Carpenter Racing
Just in time for the iconic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, premium synthetic lubricant and performance chemical manufacturer, Royal Purple, today announced its sponsorship of the Ed Carpenter Racing Verizon IndyCar Series team for the 2016 race season.
Beginning on May 29, the Royal Purple logo will adorn the engine cover of the Ed Carpenter Racing No. 20 Chevrolet, driven by famed IndyCar racer Ed Carpenter. Throughout his racing career Carpenter has made headlines, including as the first driver to compete in both an Indy Lights and IndyCar event in a single weekend, and for capturing consecutive pole positions at the Indy 500 in 2013 and 2014.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 5, 2016)-- NASCAR today announced the 2017 schedules for its three national series, giving fans and stakeholders a significant head start in planning for next season’s thrilling slate.
A credit to unprecedented industry collaboration, specifically the five-year sanctioning agreement between NASCAR and its tracks, the sanctioning body finalized its 2017 schedules months ahead of previous years’ release.
Bowyer joins JR Motorsports for Chicagoland Nationwide race
MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Clint Bowyer will make a return to NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) competition with JR Motorsports (JRM), the team announced today. Bowyer, a veteran racer and 19-time NASCAR national series winner, will drive JRM’s No. 88 entry at Chicagoland Speedway (Sept. 17) with partnership from Morton Buildings.
Based in nearby Morton, Ill., Morton Buildings specializes in constructing high-quality, long-lasting structures ranging from farm shops, equestrian facilities, hobby buildings, garages, churches, municipal buildings, airplane hangars, custom homes, commercial structures and general storage buildings. The company is now in its third year of partnership with JRM.
Ticket buyers for the canceled Grand Prix of Boston continued to wait for refunds as new evidence shows the promoters faced a financial crunch just before their surprise move to call off the race.
State officials told the Herald the promoters’ finances were so tight they put a bank “hold” on a $98,000 rent check to the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority a few weeks ago to prevent it from bouncing.
The state agency’s comptroller called Grand Prix of Boston executives and the next day the payment -- the first installment of the $980,000 rent payment -- went through.
But the incident caused concern at the MCCA about the promoters’ ability to make its financial commitments, a concern shared by other state agencies and City Hall. A spokeswoman for Grand Prix said she had no knowledge of the payment getting held up.
Fast Pace and Hard Work Not Enough For BAR1 Top 1 Oil PC
Matt McMurry in the No. 20 ORECA FLM09 Prototype
Despite running a quick pace and putting in the hard work, BAR1 Motorsports and its drivers Johnny Mowlem and Matt McMurry in the No. 20 ORECA FLM09 Prototype, sponsored by Top 1 Oil and Southwest Funding, took a hard hit finishing 6th at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda (April 29 - May 1) featured a pair of two-hour races on the challenging and scenic 2.238-mile circuit.
Despite some challenges in the practice sessions, both Matt McMurry and teammate Johnny Mowlem were showing good pace through out the weekend. McMurry took the qualifying session. Showing quick times in the early going and running as high as P1, Matt did a great job qualifying the car right in the thick of things, 4th.
Watkins Glen has a new racing surface - smooth as a billiard table
Watkins Glen International will unveil its newly resurfaced race track on Friday, and then let the public take their own cars on the track this weekend to test it out.
Contractors began work on the $11 million repaving project began right after the NASCAR Sprint Cup race last August and continued through the winter. The finishing touches are being put on this spring, just in time for WGI's annual Opening Weekend festivities, when fans can take laps to raise money for charity. "This is one of those wow projects, for everybody, from the fans to the drivers to the media," said WGI President Michael Printup.
"It's going to be awesome." The last major resurfacing was done about 20 years ago, Printup has said, and due to the cold Northeast winters, frost heave was a constant problem.
New NASCAR rules package contributing to closer races
A photo finish at Phoenix
NASCAR drivers and fans alike have heralded the quality of racing this season, and there are plenty of statistics to reinforce their empirical observations. Seven of the first nine races featured victory margins of less than one second, the exceptions being Atlanta, which ended under caution after 28 lead changes, and Texas, where Kyle Busch pulled away to win by 3.904 seconds after 17 lead changes. The seven races decided by less than a second are the most through nine events since the introduction of electronic timing and scoring.
Three races this year have set records for green-flag passes for the lead, a loop data statistic that includes intra-lap passes: Atlanta (44), Auto Club Speedway (51) and Bristol (40).
Everyone says a spec aerokit would help IndyCar. But it's almost too late aleady for 2017 according AR1.com
Team Penske’s Will Power told motorsport.com that if the Verizon IndyCar Series does switch to a spec aerokit in 2017, then it should take the opportunity to make the cars better-looking and more raceable.
Power told Motorsport.com: "It's pretty much what you'd expect. The guys who struggled with the aerokit want to go back to a spec kit, the guys who got it right want to keep that advantage.
"I guess if going to a standard kit saves the teams money, then fine. But I think the real good thing about it is that it would be a chance for the series to improve the racing.
"Whoever designs the spec kit has got to understand what makes the current car so bad in dirty air. I always thought it was the little winglets which is definitely a part of the problem.
Tequila Patron ESM, RGR Sport Form Technical Alliance
The Ligier Honda's solidifying their superiority over the antiquated DPs
Tequila Patron ESM and RGR Sport by Morand have formed a technical alliance through OAK Racing, that has seen the two North American teams share data and engineering resources throughout the FIA World Endurance Championship season.
The link-up comes through the Philippe Dumas-led OAK squad, which is operating the ESM squad this year and is also providing engineering support to all three of the Ligier JS P2 Nissans.
“OAK Racing is really focused on ESM for WEC and the four endurance races in the U.S.. But everybody knows that we’re involved with Morand as well,” Dumas told Sportscar365.
Red Bull Racing will have a new driver line-up from the Spanish Grand Prix. Max Verstappen will be joining the team to drive alongside Daniel Ricciardo. Daniil Kvyat will continue to drive for Red Bull and will re-join sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Christian Horner, Team Principal says, “Max has proven to be an outstanding young talent. His performance at Toro Rosso has been impressive so far and we are pleased to give him the opportunity to drive for Red Bull Racing.
"We are in the unique position to have all four drivers across Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso under long term contracts with Red Bull, so we have the flexibility to move them between the two teams.
Indy 500 flyovers bring "Fast Forward" theme full-circle in patriotic fashion INDIANAPOLIS - This year, as the historic 100th Running of the Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil prepares to celebrate decades or racing innovation, pre-race festivities will take on a similar theme with two special flyovers. The first will feature historical World War II-era military planes while the second will feature state of the art F-18E Superhornets piloted by the U.S. Navy.
"The 30 minutes before the green flag drops are always my favorite time of the year," said IMS President J. Douglas Boles. "This year's flyovers will be thrilling, and represent the perfect blend of past and present we're celebrating at the 100th Running of the Indy 500."
Young racing star Sage Karam has been waiting for his return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for nearly a year. His last run there was extremely short.
The 21-year-old from Nazareth, Pa., suffered the shortest race possible last year in the Indianapolis 500 when his car was forced into the outside wall in the first turn on the opening lap of the 99th "Greatest Spectacle in Racing." But the former high school wrestling star showed his potential later in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series with a third at Iowa and fifth at California.
Karam returns to the famed 2.5-mile oval this month for the 100th Indy 500 with plenty of familiar faces -- the Dreyer & Reinbold -- Kingdom Racing team. Two years ago, Sage took the DRR -- Kingdom machine from 31st to ninth in his "rookie" Verizon IndyCar Series performance. He was awarded the "Hard Charger" of the Memorial Weekend race.
Ford Championship Weekend Logo Gets A Boost The 2016 Ford Championship Weekend will mark the 15th year that Ford Motor Company has been the entitlement sponsor for NASCAR’s championship races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Since the two entities joined forces in 2002, coinciding with Homestead-Miami Speedway occupying the final weekend on the NASCAR calendar, fans have witnessed many electrifying moments which have determined a new Sprint Cup champion. During the previous 14 years, seven different drivers have been crowned champion, including six titles for Jimmie Johnson and three for Tony Stewart, who is in the final Sprint Cup season of his career in 2016.
NASCAR says as many as ten companies in the mix to be premier series title sponsor NASCAR Chief Marketing Officer Steve Phelps was on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Wednesday (5-4-2016) with Jim Noble and Chocolate Myers and talked at length about the search for a title sponsor [to replace Sprint, which is leaving at the end of 2016 season], what the sport is looking for, says they have "8 or 10" companies that are kind of in the mix and says the timing for the announcement will probably be around September/October 2016. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio / Soundcloud
SCCA Pro Racing postpones launch of F4 U.S. Championship SCCA Pro Racing announced its debut weekend of the Formula 4 United States Championship has been postponed due to delays in manufacturing of a sufficient number of cars to meet the team demand.
The first race weekend, scheduled for May 27-28 at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut, will be rescheduled at a track and date to be determined to maintain a five-event championship series. The F4 U.S. Championship will now make its debut June 10-12 at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey.
Rosberg set fastest lap in Russia while 'stroking it'
The Mercedes' is so superior the drivers can coast and still set fastest lap of the race
Mercedes have revealed that Nico Rosberg set the fastest lap during the Russian Grand Prix in "safe" mode, as he was nursing an MGU-K issue in the latter stages of the race.
The German won the race, leading from start to finish whilst also securing pole position to complete the 'grand slam'.
The fact Rosberg set the fastest lap of the race by six-tenths and on a used set of soft tires, is made even more impressive given the fact he did so in a setting which meant the power unit was turned down.
Mercedes move to squash Hamilton conspiracy theories Mercedes AMG have issued an open letter to their fans, addressing the accusations circulating of conspiracy theories against Lewis Hamilton. The conspiracies have been flying due to Hamilton’s recent run of bad luck on the mechanical front; two ERS issues sidelining him during qualifying in China & Russia allowing Nico Rosberg to take easy pole positions and relatively easy race wins.
Mercedes took to social media on Wednesday to address the fans in an open letter:
Excitement building for epic 100th Running of the Indy 500
Anticipation for the 100th Running of the Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil continues to build, with tickets for many of the weekend's best opportunities going fast. With few reserved seats left, and many concert opportunities selling quickly, fans are encouraged to purchase Race Weekend experiences sooner rather than later.
"Our entire Race Weekend is shaping up to be an epic and unforgettable few days for everyone involved," said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles. "We're thrilled to see tickets for all of our activities selling fast, and encourage fans to visit IMS.com and monitor our social media accounts to stay-up-to-date on the availability of Indy 500 grandstand seating, concert tickets and many other opportunities. We can't wait to see everyone at the Speedway in May!"
Lauda knows that Mercedes' engine upgrades for Sochi widened the gap to Ferrari. We saw that in qualifying, but Lauda likes to make people think 2016 isn't another Mercedes waltz in the park. Rest assure, it is.
(GMM) Niki Lauda said Sebastian Vettel's first-lap retirement at Sochi means Mercedes is still in the dark about Ferrari's true pace.
On the face of it, notwithstanding worries about reliability, reigning world champions Mercedes utterly dominated in terms of pace in Russia.
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen finished third on Sunday, while Vettel did not even complete a lap.
"I would have preferred that Kvyat had not taken him out, then we would be able to assess exactly how good Sebastian's engine update really is and how much closer he has got to Mercedes," Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda told the German broadcaster Sky.
"The logic of the race is that Mercedes was three, four tenths quicker in the race than Kimi," he added.
Volvo pulling out of V8 Supercars Supercars CEO James Warburton has made the following statement in response to an announcement by Polestar about its future in the sport beyond 2016.
“It is a disappointing decision by Polestar especially given the positive discussions being held locally about Volvo’s continued involvement in the series. However we understand that ultimately this was a global decision.
BMW thinks 'full' autonomous driving still years away BMW head of sales and marketing Ian Robertson thinks ‘true’ autonomous driving is still a long way off, despite promises from some manufacturers that it’s just around the corner.
“It depends what you mean when you say ‘autonomous driving’,” he said. “Some people class things like automatic cruise control as autonomous driving, but it isn’t. It’s a step along the way.
“We determine it in layman’s terms as feet off, hands off, eyes off, brain off. Feet off is done -- we have automatic cruise control -- and I can take my hands off the wheel for up to 15 seconds with steering assist. But that steering assistant then needs me to put my hands back on the wheel, the primary reason being to make sure I’m still responsible.
If you read through our rumors, AR1.com predicted last September when it was announced that the government would not partner with the race promoter by providing essential city services and street repaving for the Boston GP that the race would never happen. It never happened, we saw it but IndyCar had their head buried in the sand and couldn't, so they got egg on their face once again.
Boston is a city where half-baked ideas in search of open public wallets go to die.
Good for Boston.
Shed no tears over IndyCar’s decision to pull the plug on a “Grand Prix of Boston” race that was scheduled to take place over Labor Day weekend. The proposal’s unraveling says little about the willingness of Bostonians to embrace change and fun. It says everything about the need for skilled promoters who know how to organize, market, and underwrite such a venture.
IndyCar confronted some NIMBY-ism and lots of government regulation designed to protect public safety and welfare. But the big problem was money.
Honda IndyCar drivers still complaining about 'domed skids'
Once again IndyCar gets it wrong. Watch video at end of this article - the cars were flipping at Indy last year when they turned backward (not sideways) and air got into the 'open butt bumpers'. Once they closed them the cars stopping flying through the air. The Butt Bumpers will be closed for 2016 and the cars will not fly through the air.
Helio Castroneves has no desire to be airborne and upside down again at Indianapolis, and IndyCar is making changes in hopes of preventing scary flips at high-speed tracks.
"For safety, that's what we're looking at," Castroneves said Tuesday during testing in Texas that included curved plates affixed to the bottom of cars to help prevent them from flying into the air after spins. "It doesn't matter what car it is."
Those domed skid plates are among significant changes the IndyCar Series has made since May, when Castroneves, Josef Newgarden and Ed Carpenter -- all driving Chevrolets -- went airborne in separate incidents at the Brickyard leading up to the Indianapolis 500.
There have also been the additions of NASCAR-looking flaps behind the chassis and more tethers to keep pieces from flying off the car, as in what happened at Pocono in August, when British driver Justin Wilson was struck in the head by debris. He died the following day.
Arrest warrant issued for driver that injured Kenseth's spotter and family An arrest warrant has been issued for Michael Dale Kellison after he failed to appear in court Tuesday in Randolph County, North Carolina, for charges related to his Dec. 17 crash with Chris Osborne, spotter for Matt Kenseth and Daniel Suarez, near Sophia, North Carolina.
N.C. Highway Patrol cited Kellison with driving while impaired, careless and reckless driving, and having an open container in his vehicle after his car crossed the center line and slammed into Osborne's car, injuring Osborne, his wife and son.
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