Boston will have its first Indy Car race next Labor Day weekend.
The news was announced at an event Thursday evening at the Westin Boston Waterfront. City officials including Boston Director of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment Ken Brissette were joined by leaders of Grand Prix of Boston, with local comedian Dave Russo serving as the MC’s event.
“We’re very thrilled that we’re going to be bringing this exciting world-class event,” Grand Prix of Boston CEO Mark Pellone said to those on hand for the announcement.
The Grand Prix of Boston will take place Sept. 2-5, 2016 in Boston’s Seaport District.
“Next year, the world will be watching us here in Boston,” Brissette said. “Grand Prix is an iconic sports event tied to the host city’s identity. Our hope is to make this an annual event.”
The race route begins on South Boston Bypass Road and ends on D Street.
Boston will join St. Petersburg, Long Beach and Detroit as cities with street racing in the Verizon Indy Car Series. In a video shown prior to speeches from those on hand, IndyCar CEO Mark Miles said that construction for the event would be “minimally disruptive” for inhabitants of the Seaport District.
The one major change that the group promised was on the tourism front, as Brissette noted that Labor Day is typically not a particularly strong time for tourism in the area. He noted that the event hopes to bring in 250,000 people.
“The economic impact will be huge,” Brissette said, noting the success that Houston, Indianapolis and Toronto have had.
Added Brissette: “It’s about time Boston gets on the map as well.”