Circuit type: Temporary street course
A new race for the 2016 Indycar Series, the Boston Grand Prix street course winds its way around the city's Seaport district. The 10-turn course has been designed by former Indycar vice president of competition Tony Cotman, whose NZR Consulting company also designed the Baltimore and Edmonton Indycar courses.
Relatively fast, with speeds of up to 170mph and an average lap of 115mph predicted, the course is anchored around the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Unusually for a modern street course it isn't flat or filled with exclusively 90 degree corners; there are some interesting sweepers and the course even passes underneath a hotel. The last Indycar street circuit with a tunnel was Las Vegas - another Cotman-designed course.
Final details of the course layout are still being worked on, with organisers remaining enigmatic about the composition of the pit lane. While the paddock will be located within the grounds of the convention area, the pit area will be purpose built on what is currently a grassed area between Turns 10 and Turn 1. To date Cotman has only confirmed that it will be "unique" with different types of suites and grandstands to provide a new viewing experience.
Theories suggest that NZR Consulting is looking to create dual pit lanes, where half the field stops for service on one side, and the other pits directly opposite, while overhead viewing has also been suggested as a possibility, to allow fans and corporate guests to watch the pit lane action from above.
The initial layout looks promising and has been praised by Indycar star Ryan Hunter-Reay. "Sometimes with a street circuit, you're forced into doing a shorter track. But this one seems like it's the proper length," he told the Boston Globe. "You can tell the time and effort went into picking the right route, and it seems like a great one.
The waterfront is undergoing considerable development over the next few years and city bosses hope the race can have a similar effect on the area as in Long Beach - and will attract similar-sized crowds over Labor Day Weekend.
The Boston Grand Prix circuit is located in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, in the city's Seaport district. Boston Logan International Airport is 10 minutes' drive to the north along I-90, with good public transport links.
While final details of access and ticketing are still being arranged, the course will be easy to reach by public transportation (a bus service that drops you right from the airport every five minutes) and is in walking distance of the track which will have special deals for race fans.