F1 » New Jersey set to host second US GP

Bernie Ecclestone is set to announce a new Grand Prix to be held in the United States from 2013 in the form of a street race in New Jersey, suggest reports.

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October 23, 2011 10:53 PM

One thing you can't accuse Bernie of is not being a shrewd businessman.
I guess if people want to pay through the nose to watch an F1 parade around some street circuit , that's fine.
The one thing I don't want to see is any of the classic American road courses,Watkins Glen,Laguna Seca,
Road America,VIR, or Road Atlanta brought up to "F1 Standards" for a race. These circuits would be so sanitized and emasculated that they wouldn't resemble their current layouts.


October 24, 2011 1:59 PM
Last Edited 1571 days ago

Watkins Glen would cost waaayy to much to upgrade even if they own enough land to enlarge the run-off areas, which is mostly what they'd have to do. The biggest problem is Location. Watkin's Glen is a pain in the ass to get at. There are only a few roads in that area, it's bounded by a large lake that limits the number of roads that could even exist and it's not what F1 in the US needs. They need a spectacle, media media media.. Austin will already provide the cool purpose-built Tilke track, NJ can provide the street spectacle. I'm assuming that the backdrop for the NJ race will be the Manhattan skyline, they should run it at night like Singapore, it would be incredible.

50 Cent - Unregistered

October 24, 2011 2:59 PM

@Jose - "West New York..Just across the Hudson From Brooklyn" Jose, until Donald T builds a track in Manhatan your venue is unthinkable.

This needs to be a place easy to get two, with a lot of media, stars, wealth and population. LAX is as easy to reach as any airport in the world, and LA would be wonderful venue for that sort of thing.

mrfill - Unregistered

October 24, 2011 3:31 PM

I just do not understand why they should want to stage a race in a place which has rejected F1 before. Its not like there are dozens of local drivers competing - the US has only had 2 champions ever and none for over 30 years. And who will stump up the cost of running it? The local authority? I dont think so.
And one assumes it would replace one of the old circuits on the calendar - Spa or Monza perhaps - as the new circuits pay more money and thats all that matters.
Still, it will doubtless happen if enough dollars are waved and F1 fans will end up paying more to see more dull processions on Tilkeways. At least the races that side get shown early evening here which has to be better than the crippling 0600-0800 starts for the oriental races


October 24, 2011 5:40 PM
Last Edited 1570 days ago

Obviously The Rawdog has never been to Watkins Glenn. I saw GP, CanAm and TransAm
races there (the golden age of motorsport in the US) and there is no way to have the crowds to generate loot to fund a F-1 race. I really wonder if the folks hosting the F-1 event can do so when Indy couldn't meet the tariff. I see fiasco ahead.

RJM - Unregistered

October 24, 2011 11:13 PM

Has F1 not learned from the 1980's, and how abysmal street races in Detroit, Dallas, Phoenix etc killed it there? IMO F1 in the US should try and look for a road coast in the NE. the Montreal attendances show there's a market in that general vicinity, and Watkins Glen was the home of F1 in the USA for 20 years. If it can stage an IndyCar race, then why not a F1 event? All that is needed is the cash...

Jenson B - Unregistered

October 25, 2011 1:16 AM

Can't quite see where the race would be held apart from along Port Imperial Boulevard - this would be such a boring "track", just straight up and down. It all looks too linear on the maps - no real corners to speak of.javascript:insertTextCursor('comment', ':?')

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