Indianapolis-based INDYCAR is offering to help fans who purchased tickets to the now-cancelled Verizon IndyCar Series race in Boston. The company has announced it will contribute nearly $1 million to assist in refunding those who purchased tickets to the race.
INDYCAR says in April, race promoter Boston Grand Prix canceled the race, which was scheduled for Labor Day weekend, along with plans for future races. BGP and INDYCAR agreed in May of 2015 to run races in Boston from 2016 through 2020.
INDYCAR cites news reports that BGP has not committed the amount needed to make full refunds to ticket purchasers. The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office has filed suit against BGP and its chief executive officer, John Casey, for the remainder of refunds.
"I appreciate INDYCAR’s willingness to step up for their fans and help resolve this problem," Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. "They’ve gone above and beyond to be a productive part of this solution, and their fans will reap the benefits."
INDYCAR will contribute $925,000 assist with the refund process.
"We enjoy some of the most loyal and devoted fans in all of sports, and so we are pleased to work with the Attorney General and contribute in her efforts to protect ticket buyers," said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR. "We want our fans to know that we share their disappointment that the race won’t take place. And we also want to join them in expressing our appreciation for Attorney General Healey’s work on their behalf."
The racing organization says those who are owed a refund for the canceled race should contact the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline.