F1 » Unlikely venue emerges as front-runner to stage US GP

Monticello Motor Club in upstate New York has engaged in discussions with F1 commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone with regard to staging the US Grand Prix on a ten-year deal from 2012, it has emerged

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frankwill - Unregistered

May 21, 2010 6:11 PM

uh... that's like boonie country up there, half the people who attend will be nascar hillbillys with nothing better to do that wkend. I thought f1 was supposed to be about the best, not some ****hole in middle of nowhere.

Mark _

May 21, 2010 6:19 PM

My sister in-law lives about two miles from this club. I drove by it a few years ago and it looked really nice. It is a private club though so I was not able to get on the property to get a closer look. I imagine that they would have to build some spectating areas as they do not really have any. It is a pretty depressed area so this would be great for the local economy. Lodging is going to be an issue.

The area is full of Hasidic bungalow colonies in the summer so it would be an unusual contrast with the "summer people" and the F1 crowd. It is pretty close to Montreal which is not doing the West Coast any favors.

Jeremy - Unregistered

May 21, 2010 6:33 PM

Haha "boonie country...nascar hillbillys". If they really cared about it being the best and not "some ****hole in middle of nowhere", they never would have raced at Indy. That track was nothing special...just because it's historic doesn't make it a good F1 venue.
Not to worry...when I went to the USGP in '06 and '07, there were plenty of Euros there to offset all the rednecks.
I still think Vegas is the ideal spot. People would fly in from all over the world to see the race, AND they'd drop a ton of money partying their a$$es off.

Thomas - Unregistered

May 21, 2010 6:40 PM

Define "good for F1."
The US is the largest commercial market for the automakers. After the 2007 USGP, they were trying to convince Bernie to keep a race in the US for that very reason. They maintain high visibility in the US, people buy more of their cars, they decide not to pull out of F1 because it's financially unsound. I would bet there are are more Mercedes' sold every year in the US than Argentina or Mexico. Whether or not the manufacturers can establish a causative link between their presence in F1 and sales figures in a certain country....well, these companies pay their own analysts to make that decision.
"Good for F1" does not necessarily mean "good for racing".


May 21, 2010 6:49 PM

Pretty obvious what "good for F1" means.

But for those who are struggling, it means that F1 racing worked on the these tracks. They weren't some boring Tilke designed lump of snot but tracks that had charater and passing opportunities and were popular with true fans.

I trust I have explained this enough. :rolleyes:

Thomas - Unregistered

May 21, 2010 8:04 PM

..."it means that F1 racing worked on the these tracks."
Well...thanks for your highly specific and detailed definition.
Apparently you're not aware of this, but there's a significant price tag associated with F1 racing. The teams and management are going to do what is financially best for them, which might mean racing at tracks that, apparently, you don't like. There are 12 teams, Bernie's still a very wealthy man, Canadian GP is almost sold out, so it appears F1 is "working" just fine.
Maybe you should just watch the kids at your local go-kart track if all you're looking for is character and on-track passing....they won't even charge you for a ticket. Just a suggestion.

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