F1 » Finances all that stand in the way of US Grand Prix return

Negotiations aimed at re-instating an American round - or two - on the F1 calendar have accelerated up a gear, it seems, but will Indianapolis be beaten to the line by New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas or Miami..?

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Alan D - Unregistered

April 26, 2010 7:08 PM

Finances are all that stand in way of Grand Prix in Burundi, Borneo, and the Galapagos Islands. Where a Grand Prix is held is nothing to do with the quality of the track, the racing heritage, the degree of local support, or the convenience for the teams. Its all about finances and how much money Bernie stands to make out of it. No matter how much the world of F1 wants to see a race in the USA, if they don't stump up the cash for Bernie, he'll go somewhere that wants use F1 for marketing itself. Libya anyone?


April 26, 2010 8:11 PM

Mark, Tony G is the one who went and talked to Bernie. He still holds a postion in the family business. His mother only wanted him to focus on hosting races. Not running and owning a racing series. He is the one trying to broker the deal.

Mark _

April 26, 2010 8:29 PM

Rob - what position does he hold? He is no longer the CEO and he no longer sits on the Board of Directors. He does still hold shares in IMS but he is not in a position to organize the event. In this meeting he was representing sponsors who want a race in the US, not his family (who just fired him). He may want to broker a deal for a race anywhere but Indy to spite his family.

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