Lawsuit threatens NOLA IndyCar race after 2015 debut

The future of the IndyCar event at NOLA is uncertain after the promoter, a subsidiary of Andretti Sports Marketing, filed a federal lawsuit against the track owner

Lawsuit threatens NOLA IndyCar race after 2015 debut

According to a report in the New Orleans Advocate, the lawsuit alleges that Andretti had received an undertaking that it would be fully compensated for its services out of a $4.5million state grant, which was managed by a non-profit entity called the NOLA Motorsport Host Committee that was created by NOLA Motorsports.

Andretti claims that it was told that only $2.6million of that money would be spent on track upgrades, however that figure later ballooned to $3.4million, leaving the venue unable to pay Andretti and other suppliers.

The lawsuit alleges that the NOLA Motorsport Host Committee is now close to insolvency and has prioritised paying vendors who could potentially place a lien on the track, rather than Andretti.

At the time the suit was filed on Tuesday, Andretti was alleging that it is still owed $645,000 by race organisers, as well as future amounts in accordance with the company's three-year promoter contract. It also claims that it is still yet to be reimbursed $206,000 in approved expenses.

This year's event - IndyCar's first in the state of Louisiana - was declared a success by track officials, despite torrential rain and competition from the French Quarter Festival in downtown New Orleans on the same weekend.

The race was won by James Hinchcliffe.

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