Boston To Host IndyCar Event Beginning 2016

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
boston to host indycar event beginning 2016

Any plans for Labor Day Weekend next year? If you’re in Boston, those plans could include an IndyCar event on its streets.

The Grand Prix of Boston will be held on an 11-turn 2.25-mile temporary street circuit around the Boston Convention Center, reports. The agreement made between city officials and IndyCar to hold the competition is set to last until 2020, with the first event to take place September 5 and 6 of 2016.

The course is designed to be “minimally invasive” to its surroundings, with construction to take place between 18 and 21 days in overnight shifts from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Safety features include four-foot concrete barriers and 10-foot fencing with a four-foot overhang.

Price of admission and sale dates are yet to be announced, and while cost estimates are too early to determine according to city spokeswoman Kate Norton, the event will be privately funded.

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  • Adamiata Adamiata on May 22, 2015

    For pit stops they can just stop in the middle of the track with their hazard lights on.

    • Astigmatism Astigmatism on May 22, 2015

      And for yellow flags, three thick-set office workers will slowly walk out into the middle of the road and just glare at drivers, daring them to pass.

  • Phreshone Phreshone on May 22, 2015

    I can see banners now The Edward M. Kennedy Safe Driving Foundation Presents The Masshole 250

    • Fiasco Fiasco on May 22, 2015

      Sounds like a great support event for The 24 Hours of Lemons Boston Tow Party 2016!!!

  • Big Al from Oz Big Al from Oz on May 22, 2015

    I spent a pleasant few days in Boston a couple of years ago. Boston is a very nice city. It would be a great idea to have a sporting event like IndyCar event. I've only been to one IndyCar Race in 2006 and that was a street circuit on the Gold Coast, Qld. A very good day. We also provided supporting entertainment at the start of the race.

  • Power6 Power6 on May 23, 2015

    How clever, the "insert city here" jokes. I'm from Boston and I'm polish so I'm used to that sort of thing. This is going to be so cool. Although I would have liked to see the Tip O'Neill tunnel in the course, that would rock, would be like gran turismo.

    • Mcs Mcs on May 24, 2015

      Storrow would be good too - tunnels, better turns, and grade changes. The only problem is that the overpasses would clip off the spoilers and half the field would end up lost somewhere in Cambridge.