IndyCar: Boston Grand Prix names first 3 partners

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Officials of the Grand Prix of Boston on Tuesday announced partnerships with three local companies for next year’s inaugural event.

To be held on Labor Day weekend (Sept. 2-4, 2016), the Verizon IndyCar Series event will take place along the picturesque South Boston waterfront.

The new partners are:

* Herb Chambers Companies, New England’s largest automobile dealership.

* Polar Beverages, the country’s largest independent soft-drink bottler, will be the Official Sparkling Seltzer Water, Soft Drink, and Bottled Water of the Grand Prix of Boston.

* The Westin Boston Waterfront hotel will serve as the event headquarters and one of the official hotels of the Grand Prix.

“It’s only fitting that our first three (partnerships) are local companies, with deep ties to the community,” said Mark Perrone, Grand Prix of Boston President/CEO. “We made a commitment early in this process to support local businesses, and we place enormous value in their support and participation. This is a huge endorsement for the Grand Prix.”

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Formula 1: Recapping the past week’s news

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This past week in Formula 1 was dominated by teams launching their 2018 challengers for the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season.

A total of six teams took the covers off their new chassis for the world to see this week, joining Haas F1 Team and Williams Martini Racing in doing so.

The list below contains the teams that launched their 2018 chassis this week and the name of their 2018 chassis:

  • Red Bull Racing – RB14
  • Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team – C37
  • Renault Sport F1 Team – R.S.18
  • Scuderia Ferrari – SJ71H
  • Mercedes AMG Petronas – W09
  • McLaren F1 Team – MCL33

Testing for everyone begins on Monday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, home of the Spanish Grand Prix, beginning a stretch of two weeks of pre-season testing prior to the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Sahara Force India and Scuderia Toro Rosso are expected to unveil their 2018 cars the morning of the first day of testing.

Force India Up for Sale?

Rumors about the future of Sahara Force India, already rumored to be changing names soon, took yet another interesting this week as news surfaced about a possible sale of the team to British energy drink firm Rich Energy.

This news also comes as current majority team owner Dr. Vijay Mallya faces developing legal troubles involving money laundering, further adding to the murky environment surrounding a team that has become the “best of the rest” behind Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull in recent years.

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