The Verizon IndyCar Series will race for the first time in Boston next year, with the announcement of the inaugural Grand Prix of Boston to be held in September 2016.

The race will be staged on a new 11-turn, 2.25-mile temporary street course in the area surrounding the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the south Boston waterfront area.

"The level of enthusiasm we have received from the Boston community has been phenomenal and we look forward to showcasing the Verizon IndyCar Series on Labor Day weekend in 2016," said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company which is the parent company of IndyCar.

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"There has been a tremendous amount of work from community leaders and Grand Prix of Boston officials and those efforts led to this key addition to our 2016 calendar," Miles continued. "Establishing IndyCar racing in the northeast is an integral part of our strategy for growing our national fan base.

"We're thankful to Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Grand Prix of Boston CEO Mark Perrone and many other supporters who were instrumental in making today's announcement possible," Miles added.

"This is an exciting time in Boston and as we explore new ways to grow and attract visitors here, we're engaging in strong dialogue with organizations like the Grand Prix of Boston," responded Mayor Walsh.

"This event has great potential to bring an influx of tourism and support our local businesses during what is traditionally a challenging holiday weekend for hospitality. I'm excited to begin this process and hear from our residents and business owners as we move forward."

"We're excited to bring this event to the world-class city of Boston," contributed Perrone. "From the initial concept, and every step of the way, Mayor Walsh and his leadership have shown an incredible enthusiasm and openness in exploring this new concept, and we're looking forward to continuing this engagement with the community."