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Grand Prix of Boston signs License Agreements, MOU with city

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The Grand Prix of Boston has announced it has completed several License Agreements and a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Boston and other State Agencies.

A release from the event is posted below:

Today, the Grand Prix of Boston announced that it has signed and executed License Agreements and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the necessary City of Boston and state agencies, completing another major step for establishing the race to run in the South Boston Waterfront neighborhood this Labor Day weekend.

The License Agreements signed by the City of Boston, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority and the MOU signed by the Massachusetts Port Authority includes many conditions and protections with guarantees that:

  • The Grand Prix of Boston assumes all costs associated with the race with no burden to taxpayers
  • Ensures that city and state roadways be returned to the same or better condition after the race
  • And establishes irrevocable letters of credit protecting the agencies from any unforeseen costs should the race not occur or if the Grand Prix of Boston fails to restore the roadways to the agencies’ satisfaction.

“Today’s result is the culmination of a lot of hard work, coordination and leadership from all of the agencies involved and we would like to thank Governor Baker’s office, Mayor Walsh’s office and all of the city and state agencies and people who worked hard to get this done, with a high level of collaboration,” said John Casey, President of Grand Prix of Boston. “We have gotten tremendous feedback from major sponsors, from race fans and soon to be race fans. There’s a lot of excitement and anticipation of seeing the elite drivers race through the streets of Boston. We are confident that this race will add to our City’s entertainment and tourism offerings.”

As part of its next steps following the signing of the agreements and MOU, the Grand Prix of Boston will continue to work closely with city and state agencies on other aspects of the race including the road improvement and traffic management plan, a transportation plan as well as the safety and security plan. The organization will also continue to hold public monthly forums, community meetings and coordinated outreach in the coming months leading up the race.

Andretti Autosport picks James Hinchcliffe for last 3 races of season

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James Hinchcliffe will finish the NTT IndyCar Series season for Andretti Autosport, replacing Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda.

The team made the announcement Friday afternoon that Hinchcliffe will return after racing for Andretti at Texas Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Indianapolis 500.

Hinchcliffe, who also has worked as an IndyCar on NBC analyst and pit reporter, will race in the Oct. 2-3 doubleheader race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

“It’s always unfortunate to have to change drivers this far into a season, but we have to look at finishing the year the best we can for the 26 team and start evaluating and looking at options for 2021,” team owner Michael Andretti said in a release. “James has an existing relationship with our team that we’d love to build on and it makes the most sense for him to step in for these last three races. We are looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

Hinchcliffe has a season-best finish of seventh in the Indy 500. He had been working on trying to put together a deal for next season after scrambling to secure a partial schedule this year when he lost his ride at Arrow McLaren SP after 2020 with a year left on his deal.

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“I know, probably better than most, what Zach is feeling right now, and I have to say that he has handled everything about as class act as you can,” Hinchcliffe said. “I’ve known Zach as a teammate, before that as a colleague and even before that as a friend, and he is a guy that I respect in every way. I know he is a fighter and will fight back to where he wants to be.

“For me now, my focus is 100% on racing the Harvest GP and getting the best possible results for Gainbridge, for Honda, for Michael and for the team. I obviously haven’t been on a road course in a while, but at least the last time I was, it was here at IMS! Hopefully that puts us in a good position to go out there and have a strong weekend.”