F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix, Liberty Media Sued over Practice Session Debacle

Jackson Wheeler
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A Las Vegas-based law firm has filed a class action lawsuit against the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix on behalf of 35,000 people who purchased tickets to what became an aborted Thursday night practice session.

Dimopoulos Law Firm, along with co-counsel JK Legal & Consulting filed the lawsuit on Friday night charging defendants Liberty Media Corporation DBA Formula One Heineken Silver Las Vegas Grand Prix and TAB Contractors, Inc. with breach of contract, negligence, and deceptive trade practices.


Fans who purchased tickets to the first practice session saw the session canceled just nine minutes into the session after a manhole cover became dislodged and damaged the race cars of Charles Leclerc and Lance Stoll. In total, fans saw just those nine minutes of on-track action over the course of four hours before the the start of the second session at 2:30 a.m. local time on Friday.

The grandstands, however, were cleared by police and track security before that delayed second session began.

No refunds for tickets were given, though fans were offered a $250 voucher for F1 merchandise on sale at the venue.

“We will vindicate the rights of the fans that traveled great distances and paid small fortunes to attend, but were deprived of the experience,” said Dimopoulos Law Firm owner and lead attorney, Steve Dimopoulos.

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Mike Pryson covered auto racing for the Jackson (Mich.) Citizen Patriot and MLive Media Group from 1991 until joining Autoweek in 2011. He won several Michigan Associated Press and national Associated Press Sports Editors awards for auto racing coverage and was named the 2000 Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club’s Michigan Motorsports Writer of the Year. A Michigan native, Mike spent three years after college working in southwest Florida before realizing that the land of Disney and endless summer was no match for the challenge of freezing rain, potholes and long, cold winters in the Motor City.

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