Three Lawsuits Filed over US GP

Three lawsuits have been filed by Formula One fans seething over the decision to stage the US Grand Prix with only six cars

Three Lawsuits Filed over US GP

A class-action lawsuit was filed in Indianapolis on behalf of Larry Bowers, who wants a refund for his five tickets and travel expenses from his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado, said Bowers' lawyer, William Bock.

The suit, like two others filed Monday in Marion Superior Court, holds Formula One, the sport's governing body FIA and the Michelin tyre company responsible for not holding the type of event that was advertised.

Seven teams, including Championship leaders Renault and McLaren, decided not to race Sunday after Michelin expressed concerns that their tyres were not safe for the track.

World Champion Michael Schumacher of Ferrari won the 73-lap race before 120,000 fans, many of whom tossed cans and bottles on to the track in disgust.

All of the six cars participating used Bridgestone tyres. Rather than sit out the race, the Michelin teams should have raced at reduced speeds, the FIA said.

"It was just a Bridgestone tyre practice session," said Bock. "Sunday's event did not meet the criteria of a race."

The boycotting teams will appear before the FIA's World Motor Sport Council in Paris on June 29.

Also named in Bowers' lawsuit was the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Bowers, reached Tuesday at his Colorado Springs home, would not discuss the lawsuit.

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