Advertisement

New Jersey To Host Formula 1 Race In 2013?

Follow James

Fernando Alonso in his 2011 Ferrari F1 race car

Fernando Alonso in his 2011 Ferrari F1 race car

Enlarge Photo
According to latest reports we could be hearing the announcement tomorrow of a second Formula 1 race in the U.S. to be hosted in 2013.

The news comes after months of speculation that New Jersey had been aspiring to host an F1 race.

Head of F1 Bernie Ecclestone has also made it no secret that he would like to have a race in the greater New York area.

And according to two insiders that spoke with The Wall Street Journal, it looks like he will get just that.

At a press conference at Port Imperial at Weehawken, NJ, scheduled by F1 officials for Tuesday, it is expected to be announced that grand prix race will take place on a road course along the Hudson River in Weehawken and West New York with the skyscrapers of Manhattan set as a back drop. The best part is that the race is expected to take place by as early as June, 2013.

If the reports prove true, this will be the second U.S. race on the F1 calendar for 2013. The other, as we already know, will be at an all new $250 million facility currently under construction in Austin, Texas, which is scheduled to host its first race next year.

The added race could mean a 20 race season for 2013, but there’s also a possibility that the venues could alternate annually the way the German Grand Prix alternates between the Nurburgring and the Hockenheimring. If there are to be two American rounds, which is the more likely scenario, it would mean the U.S. going from no F1 races to two in just two years.

The deal is being spearheaded by the mayors of both Weehawken and West New York and is being back by a consortium of investors led by former YES Network chief executive Leo Hindery Jr.

It’s a bit of a gamble having two races in a country where F1 is not particularly popular, but Ecclestone has been desperate to make inroads into the U.S. for some time now. Whatever the case may be, it’s a very exciting time for American F1 fans.

Stay tuned for an update.
Posted in:
Advertisement
 
Follow Us

 

Have an opinion?

  • Posting indicates you have read this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use
  • Notify me when there are more comments
Comments (3)
  1. It would be a great idea to host the new york GP a week before or after the Canadian GP and host the American GP around the same time as the Brazilian GP. I think the US is large enough to have two gp's especially since Spain has two.
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

  2. James, they won't be alternating between the two venues. The USGP is under a ten year contract for Austin. We will have a race in Austin for the next ten years regardless of what they do in Jersey. So it is almost 100% certain that we are going to have two GP's in America now. The United States Grand Prix in Austin. And the Grand Prix of America in New Jersey.
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

     
  3. Thanks for the info Dale. That's great news indeed. Now all I have to do is decide which one I'm going to!
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

 

Have an opinion? Join the conversation!

Advertisement
Advertisement

Take Us With You!

 

Get FREE Dealer Quotes

From dealers near you
Go!
Advertisement

Research New Cars

Go!


 
© 2014 MotorAuthority. All Rights Reserved. MotorAuthority is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Send us feedback.