I'm no expert on the story, but my recollection from back then was it was all the promoters fault and they ended up in bankruptcy. The promoter promised to install sound barriers and cheaped out on it. Of course, dc didn't stop the race when they tested the sound levels and they were above the legal limit because the whole thing was set up and everyone was already in town. They couldn't test the sound levels until the racers showed up. by that time it was too late. the neighborhood went balistic and the promoter tried to buy them off with movie tickets. The race may have been a sucess had it played out over 10 years, but dc wasn't gonna put up with that the next year and demanded expensive barriers to be installed, it all went down hill from there with the promoters board splitting on the cost, ect., ect. DC ended up losing almost 5m on the deal. A couple of quotes from your link:
"The D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission announced last night that this year's Grand Prix auto race in Washington has been canceled, saying that the North Carolina-based promoter "has repeatedly failed to meet commitments" over the past several months."
"Sports commission officials complained that with the June 27-29 event less than four months away, National Grand Prix Holdings LLC has proposed little to reduce the noise of cars racing about 50 yards from homes in the Kingman Park neighborhood of Northeast Washington."
"Other issues, particularly internal squabbling at National Grand Prix Holdings, also contributed to the decision to pull the race"
""The promoters canceled it," said John L. Richardson, the commission's chairman. "They never came up with a technological solution to the noise, and they had internal problems that led to the cancellation."
""For this year, the race has become a victim of operational problems on behalf of the event organizer."
"promises were made about the noise and they were not kept."
"Sources involved in the planning of the race said the commission and Grand Prix Holdings had argued about who was responsible for paying for sound abatement measures, which could be very expensive.
The sources also said that members of the sports commission recently talked with race organizers other than Lencheski, triggering an internal battle between him and the board of Grand Prix Holdings. Lencheski has since asked the board to buy him out, the sources said."
my memory is that lencheski was a bit of a huckster and self promoter who had other sports franchises fail around him, but i could be mistaken, it was a long time ago. Pretty sure it was a money issue on the promoters side though. They never even paid their half of the 5m track construction.
couldn't find a single reference to NGPH suing anybody. In fact, if they didn't go bankrupt, dc would have likely sued them according to this dc auditor's report of the sports commission: http://dcauditor.org/DCA/Reports/DCA0204.pdf
"According to information provided the Auditor, the agreement with
National Grand Prix Holdings was cancelled on March 15, 2003. Subsequent to this, National Grand
Prix Holdings filed for bankruptcy. Based on these factors, it appears that DCSEC will not collect
any of the approximately $2.4 million owed by National Grand Prix Holdings."
bankrupt companies generally don't sue people and i couldn't find a single reference to them suing dc.
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