Clermont-Ferrand, France--Michelin has offered to refund USGP ticket holders the cost of their tickets. The company said, "Michelin deeply regrets that the public was deprived of an exciting race and therefore wishes to be the first, among the different groups involved in the Indianapolis race, to make a strong gesture towards the spectators."
In addition, the company is buying 20 000 tickets to the 2006 event. "to be given to spectators who were present at the Indianapolis race in 2005. We are offering this to promote further Formula 1 interest in the United States."
The company took the opportunity to absolve from blame the teams who failed to race at Indianapolis, due to Michelin's advice. "The reality is that together, Michelin and its partners have done everything possible to assure that the race could take place in total safety."
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Press release from Michelin