Noise threat to Washington ALMS race

Last Sunday's Cadillac Grand Prix American Le Mans Series race in Washington, DC, has been hailed as a commercial success by its promoter, National Grand Prix Holdings, but proved less than popular with local residents who objected to the noise generated by the cars. A city ordinance places a 60dB limit on noise in residential areas but readings of up to 105dB were taken. NGPH has now been fined for the violation and a repetition in 2003 will jeopardise the event

Noise threat to Washington ALMS race

An additional embarrassment for the city administration is that the estimated $5m cost of constructing the 1.7-mile circuit, incorporating the city's Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, has been split between NGPH and the . NGPH has the duration of the 10-year race contract to make annual repayments for its share of the cost, receiving what amounts to an interest-free loan. DC officials have responded to criticism of this arrangement by pointing out that the project has brought repairs to the dilapidated parking lots at the RFK venue. They say that they did not view the money as a loan, but as an investment in a DC asset with NGPH ultimately picking up half the cost.

Washington mayor Anthony A. Williams said yesterday: "I think we need to make an additional investment in noise suppression." He added that he would also work towards improve disclosure about the finances involved in staging the event.

NGPH was founded in 1999 specifically to stage this event by Christopher Lencheski and George deBidart, and its COO is Hayne Dominick.

American civic authorities have been cautious about bankrolling motorsport events since an event in Denver, CO, in the early 1990s served as a cautionary tale. The event lost about $7m in the two years it was run, and taxpayers were left with a $500,000 bill in subsidies. Officials in Long Beach, Cleveland and Detroit do not contribute public funds to their 2002 races. However Raceworks, the promoter of this October's inaugural Grand Prix of the Americas in downtown Miami, has been loaned $2m by the Miami Sports & Exhibition Authority. The loan is subject to an interest rate of 6.25 percent and must be repaid within five years.

shares
comments
Public loan for Miami's GP of the Americas

Previous article

Public loan for Miami's GP of the Americas

Next article

Toyota to offer Daytona Prototype V8

Toyota to offer Daytona Prototype V8
Load comments
The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under Plus

The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under

Joey Mawson made waves in the middle of the last decade, beating future Haas Formula 1 driver Mick Schumacher - among other highly-rated talents - to the 2016 German F4 title. A run in F1's feeder GP3 category only caused his career to stall, but now back in Australia Mawson's S5000 title success has set that to rights

General
May 8, 2021
The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing Plus

The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing

OPINION: The greed-driven push for a European Super League that threatened to tear football apart is collapsing at the seams. Motor racing's equivalent, the football-themed Superleague Formula series of 2008-11, was everything that the proposed ESL never could be

General
Apr 21, 2021
The F1 and Indy 'nearly man' that found contentment in Japan Plus

The F1 and Indy 'nearly man' that found contentment in Japan

Having had the door to F1 slammed in his face and come within three laps of winning the Indianapolis 500, the collapse of a Peugeot LMP1 shot meant Japan was Bertrand Baguette's last chance of a career. But it's one which he has grasped with both hands

General
Feb 27, 2021
The female all-rounder who arrived "too early" Plus

The female all-rounder who arrived "too early"

From Formula 3 to truck racing, Dakar and EuroNASCAR via a winning stint in the DTM, there's not much Ellen Lohr hasn't seen in a stellar racing career that highlights the merit in being a generalist. But she believes her career came too early...

General
Feb 17, 2021
How Radical's latest machines fare on track Plus

How Radical's latest machines fare on track

The lightweight sportscar manufacturer has not rewritten the rulebook with its latest machines, but the new SR3 XX and SR10 still provide a step forward on its previous successful models

General
Feb 8, 2021
The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction Plus

The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction

The forthcoming Netflix film linking the world of underworld crime and motorsport plays on a theme that isn't exactly new. Over the years, several shady figures have attempted to make it in racing before their dubious dealings caught up with them

General
Jan 31, 2021
How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory Plus

How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory

The New Zealand Grand Prix's mix of rising talent and big-name stars thrilled the crowds (yes, remember crowds?) assembled for the Toyota Racing Series meeting at Hampton Downs last weekend and left distant observers craving a repeat

General
Jan 26, 2021
How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going Plus

How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going

OPINION: The 67th edition of the Macau Grand Prix might have been a largely muted affair to the outside world without its international influx and star line-ups, another victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, but organisers deserve huge credit for keeping the party going

General
Nov 24, 2020