IndyCar breaks into Northeast market with Boston race deal

US motor racing series IndyCar has agreed a five-year deal to stage a new street race in the city of Boston from next year.

The contract for the Grand Prix of Boston will run from 2016 to 2020, with the inaugural race being staged on September 4 next year, across Labor Day weekend. The deal expands IndyCar’s footprint to the Northeast of the US. An IndyCar race was previously held at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon from 1992-98 and in 2011.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said: “This event has great potential to bring an influx of tourism and support our local businesses during what is traditionally a challenging holiday weekend for hospitality.”

Grand Prix of Boston chief executive Mark Perrone added: “Boston is a destination, we have 23 million visitors a year here to see the history, the sights, visit and we'll be building events around the event. We also have quite a few universities and colleges in the area. We'll have 160,000 students moving in the weekend before and looking for something to do here in the city. We're building an event around the event to attract families, to attract students.”

In other news, the ABC network’s broadcast of Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 introduced a broadcast first with the use of biotelemetry in the coverage. The high-tech sensing system gave viewers the heart and respiration rate, as well as calorie burn rate of two drivers competing in the race, in real time.

Drivers James Jakes and Sage Karam each wore a special sensor on the left side of their chest, near the base of the heart, during the race. Readings from the sensor were sent out as part of the race car’s telemetry and ESPN’s television production captured the data for use during the telecast.

Colombia’s Juan Pablo Montoya won Sunday’s showpiece race, earning $2,449,055 (€2.16m) from an overall purse of $13,397,315 for his victory.