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Andretti subsidiary suing NOLA - report

An Andretti Sports Marketing subsidiary has reportedly filed a federal lawsuit against NOLA Motorsports Park for non-payment of services.
The future of the newly-minted Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana may be in the balance following reports that a subsidiary of race event organisers Andretti Sports Marketing has filed a federal lawsuit against the non-profit entity behind the NOLA Motorsports race.

According to the The New Orleans Advocate, the track overspent on circuit upgrades leaving too little funding to pay off multiple vendors, including the race organisers who also promote the the Milwaukee IndyFest, which is held on July 12.

Andretti signed a three-year contract to organise the NOLA race, beginning with the rain-hit inaugural event in April. According to the lawsuit, the agreement said only $2.6m of the $4.5m state-provided funding would be used on track upgrades to get the venue up to specification, with Andretti adding that it had been assured there would be enough money left over to pay it for its services.

However the lawsuit claims, $3.4 million of the state grant ended up being spent on the upgrades, leaving insufficient funds to fully compensate Andretti and other suppliers. Andretti says that it is still owed $645,000 and that it has also has not been reimbursed for $206,000 worth of expenses approved by track officials.

The lawsuit adds that the company met with a representative for NOLA Motorsports on April 29 and had been told that "categorically that no further payments under the agreement" and that the non-profit was "nearly insolvent, and that any remaining capital would be used to pay vendors who could potentially place a lien" on the track.

No one from Andretti Sports Marketing was available for comment. A lawyer for the NOLA Motorsports Host Committee said that "We trust that this will have no impact on future racing," adding that a new organiser would be appointed for the 2016 race if the dispute with Andretti couldn't be resolved in the meantime.

Post-Toronto penalties issued

Luca Filippi's #20 CFH Racing entry has been fined $5,000 for violating Rule 14.9.2 of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook relating to fuel capacity.

The 29-year-old Italian scored his first series podium position last weekend at the Honda Indy Toronto, while his team mate Josef Newgarden clinched his second win of the 2015 season.

While Newgarden leapt to the lead from 11th place on the grid on the back of a fortuitously timed pit stop, Filippi had more of a slow and steady progression up from his starting position of fifth place. Neither car had appeared to adopt a fuel conservation strategy to achieve the the team 1-2.

In news from the manufacturers standings, Chevrolet received a bonus of ten points for having Simon Pagenaud's engine in the Penske #22 attain its mandated 2,500-mile life cycle. However, Honda has lost 40 points for engines in the #26 and #27 Andretti Autosport entries that did not attain that life cycle before being changed out

Following the adjustments, Chevrolet has 1,003 manufacturer championship points for the season and Honda has 840.

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Drenched conditions on pit lane at NOLA Motorsports Park on Sunday morning ahead of the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana. April 12 2015. (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media.)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6 attempts to qualify in the rain Saturday, April 11, 2015 for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana. Montoya will start on the pole for the race, based on entrant points as lightning halted qualifying before its completion. (Photo by Russell LaBounty/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Luca Filippi passes the start/finish line during practice for the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA Motorsports Park. Friday April 10 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Alexander Rossi - Andretti Autosport   [pic credit: Indycar Media/Joe Skibinski]
Kyle Kaiser (Juncos Racing) celebrates at Laguna Seca
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Ed Carpenter Racing crew working on the boss` car   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens]
Santiago Urrutia - Schmidt Petersen Motorsport
Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) on his way to victory at Watkins Glen   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) on his way to pole at Watkins Glen   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
Mikhail Aleshin - Schmidt Peterson Motorsports   [pic credit: Indycar Media/Chris Owens]
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Josef Newgarden - Ed Carpenter Racing   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Shawn Gritzmacher]
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