Or maybe it doesn’t.
When the Not So Grand Prix of Boston crashed and burned on Friday, the Globe’s Mark Arsenault reported this in Saturday’s edition:
IndyCar race in Boston screeches to a halt
Labor Day event scratched, as promoters criticize city’s ‘ridiculous’ demands
Promoters of an IndyCar race in the Seaport this September are peeling out of Boston and will not race in the city.
“The relationship between us and the city is not working,” said John Casey, president of what had been called the Grand Prix of Boston, in a Globe interview Friday. “The relationship is untenable.” . . .
Instead, the promoters will turn to Plan B and try to hold a Labor Day race in a backup city in the Northeast, Casey said. The promoters have had contact with two other cities, he said, one of which is in New England.
“They are both willing to do it without the headaches of Boston,” he said, declining to name the cities.
Cut to: Saturday’s Boston Herald, where the totally Grand Prix driven Joe Battenfeld reported this:
Mayor crashes and burns as IndyCar waves red flag
Mayor Martin J. Walsh was behind the wheel of the Grand Prix of Boston and got burned by its fiery crash, ignoring a series of repeated wrong turns and warning signs that the race would never get off the starting line.
Walsh’s administration spent a year pushing an idea that seemed ludicrous to many Bostonians: hosting a high-speed IndyCar race in a city that can’t even fill potholes or sync up its traffic lights.
No kidding – it’s like Joe Cocker has timed the traffic lights in Boston.
Regardless, here’s Battenfeld’s money quote:
Casey gave all the race vendors, consultants and attorneys a similar brusque sendoff, writing: “Thank you for your work. Pencils down” — another way of saying: I’m not paying you any more.
Then Casey let it be known he was taking his speedy race cars to a city that really wanted them: Providence.
Chalk up one more checkered flag for the racy local tabloid.
Except . . .
Today’s Herald spins out a bit.
Casey and his group now will look for another city to host the race. Providence has for years been rumored to be on the verge of an agreement to host an IndyCar race.
Though Emily Crowell, spokeswoman for Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, said nothing has been finalized.
“IndyCar has not applied for any permits or made arrangements to relocate the race yet,” Crowell said, “but we’re open to having a conversation to see if Providence is the right fit for their event.”
Sounds like Providence is about to have a Hub of a time with the Little Indy That Couldn’t, eh?