Report: IndyCar’s Grand Prix of Boston CEO moves to ‘reduced role’

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Grand Prix of Boston CEO Mark J. Perrone has moved to what is being called a “reduced role,” according to a report last week in the Boston Herald.

“Mark is still the CEO of the Boston Grand Prix, he has taken a reduced role due to personal health reasons,” Grand Prix spokesman Sean Flanagan told the Herald in an email.

Even though he retains his CEO title, Perrone is reportedly “is no longer handling negotiations with the city and state to hold the race,” the paper reported, which Flanagan further confirmed.

The inaugural Grand Prix of Boston stop on the Verizon IndyCar Series is slated for Sept. 2-4, 2016 along Boston’s historic riverfront. It will be the second-to-last stop on that season’s IndyCar schedule.

The Herald has reported that Perrone has a criminal history dating back to pleading guilty in 1999 to federal tax charges that stemmed from filing tax returns in 1990 and 1991.

According to the Herald: “(Perrone) pleaded guilty to two counts of a lesser charge of failure to file timely returns, records show. Perrone was sentenced by then-Judge Richard Stearns to two years probation, according to court filings.”

However, Perrone’s reduced role with the Grand Prix organizing team is not related to his past tax problems.

“I do not see how Mark’s personal history is relevant to the event,” Flanagan said. “The Grand Prix is a private company and the event is 100 percent privately funded by local investors, which was outlined in the Letter of Intent agreed upon and signed last week (with the city of Boston and several state agencies who are working with organizers to hold a successful Grand Prix).”

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh told the Herald the city is working directly with IndyCar officials and Grand Prix chief financial officer John Casey, and because of his recently reduced role, Perrone is not involved in negotiations.

“We’re working with IndyCar, so I really don’t want to comment on his personal taxes,” Walsh told the newspaper. “I don’t know the particulars around it. I don’t know what happened.

“I know what I read in the paper today. But I don’t know if that’s the full story.”

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Todd LeDuc advances two positions in Monster Jam Power Rankings

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Neil Elliott held onto the top spot in the Monster Jam Power Rankings, but he has a new driver sniffing his exhaust as Todd Leduc advanced two positions to second this week.

The Stadium Series Green continues to hold the advantage in the Power Rankings with Elliott topping the chart, Morgan Kane in fourth, and Ryan Anderson eighth, but there is an equitable distribution among the other series throughout the field.

Notably, Leduc and his Monster Energy truck in the Stadium Series Red closed the gap with a 38-point overall victory at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. Leduc achieved his win through consistency, pocketing the overall without winning a single individual event. Leduc’s best session was a second-place finish to Mike Vaters II in Overkill Evolution by .001 points.

Meanwhile on the West Coast, Elliott rambled on. Elliott won his sixth skills challenge in seven contests so far. That contributed to his 35 points for the event at PETCO Park in San Diego and allowed him to hold onto the No. 1 slot in the Monster Jam Power Rankings.

Colton Eichelberger also held station. Third last week, he entered the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on a mission in the Triple Threat Series Central. He topped the event points in all four events with timed race wins in each session, ATV race wins in three of the four, three wins in the speedster obstacle course, two freestyle wins and one win in the donut competitions.

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Morgan Kane and Grave Digger had a rough night. He was ousted from the racing event in Round 2 by Max-D and Elliott. He failed to win either of the other two competitions of the night and ended with 29 points, which was a distant third to Ryan Anderson’s Son-Uva Digger (37) and Max-D (35).

Brandon Vinson moved up to the fifth position with three wins in the Triple Threat Series West. During the weekend he earned seven session wins, including a sweep of the speedster obstacle course and two victories in the two-wheel skills challenge.

Tom Meents debuted on the Monster Jam Power Rankings in 10th by winning the overall in back to back nights of the Stadium Series Yellow. The Saturday show can be seen Feb. 22 at 11:30 p.m. on NBCSN (click here for streaming). The highlight of Meents’ weekend were race wins on Saturday and Sunday, defeating Coty Saucier in a Monster Energy truck on Night 1 and Eric Swanson in Obsessed on Night 2.

Power Rankings

1. Neil Elliott–same
2. Todd LeDuc–up 2
3. Colton Eichelberger-same
4. Morgan Kane–down 2
5. Brandon Vinson–up 1
6. Tyler Menninga–up 1
7. Coty Saucier–down 2
8. Ryan Anderson–same
9. Linsey Read–up 1
10. Tom Meents-new for 2020

Upcoming TV Schedule (All showings on Eastern time on NBCSN)

Oakland: February 22 (Saturday); 11:30 p.m.
Miami: March 1 (Sunday); 12 a.m.
Jacksonville: March 9 (Monday); 6 p.m.
Detroit: March 21 (Saturday); 11 p.m.
Las Vegas: March 28 (Saturday); 7 p.m.
Santa Clara: April 11 (Saturday); 7 p.m.
Philadelphia: April 17 (Friday); 2:30 p.m.
Denver: April 25 (Saturday); 6:30 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals Racing: May 9 (Saturday); 5 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: May 19 (Tuesday); 4 p.m.
Monster Jam World Freestyle: May 20 (Wednesday); 12 a.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: June 20 (Saturday); 2:30 p.m.