IndyCar just announced that it will host a major race in Boston over Labor Day weekend next year. I guess that puts the final nail in the coffin of the Baltimore Grand Prix.
If Boston is smart, they could stand to learn a few lessons from Baltimore’s failed experiment with the annual street race. There are plenty of takeaways: Don’t cut down perfectly healthy trees. Get the community to buy in. Make sure the organizers pay the city what they’re supposed to. And don’t be taken in by spreadsheets promising skyrocketing tourism and tax revenue–Baltimore actually lost money on the race.
But I have a feeling Boston won’t listen to us. They’ve already signed a contract to host the Labor Day race through 2020 (though contracts don’t necessarily mean the race will happen). Let’s see how this goes…
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