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It’s official: IndyCar to hold high-speed race through Boston

City of Boston Chief of Economic Development John Barros, right, and Tourism, Sports and Entertainment director Ken Brissette, left, examine an IndyCar mock-up. AP Photo / Michael Dwyer

The promoters of IndyCar say they have officially signed agreements with a number of city and state agencies to hold the Grand Prix of Boston over Labor Day weekend, The Boston Globe reports.

Officials with IndyCar had previously agreed with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to hold the high-speed race through the Seaport this year and for the next four years. The Globe reports that IndyCar has since signed necessary agreements with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the MBTA, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, and the Massachusetts Port Authority.

Residents and state agencies had expressed concerns about road usage and environmental damage from the race. The agreements compel the Grand Prix to pay for the costs of putting on the race and the responsibility of getting streets back to the same or better condition afterward, the Globe reports.

The IndyCar vehicles, which can travel up to 230 miles per hour, will race along a temporary 2.2-mile path around the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

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