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Bernie targeting New York for USGP?

Bernie Ecclestone reveals New York dream for F1's US return.
If Formula One returns to the United States, it could be on the streets of New York rather than at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway if Bernie Ecclestone has his way.

Having recently admitted that taking F1 to the Brickyard had had its flaws [see story here], Ecclestone has revealed that he is in negotiation to take the sport to the heart of New York City, possibly as soon as 2012.

"I'm trying for 2012, opposite Manhattan in New Jersey, with skyscrapers in the background," he revealed in an interview with Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport, "Fifteen minutes from the centre of New York to the circuit - [it would be] a wonder."

F1 hasn't graced the United States since 2007, after which Ecclestone and then Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Tony George failed to agree on a fee to return. That played into the hands of aspiring F1 hosts, with the schedule now taking in the likes of Abu Dhabi and Korea instead of the USA. Ecclestone is also hopeful of adding both India and a street race in Rome - to run alongside the existing Italian GP at Monza - to the calendar, which he says could expand to 20 or more races in coming years.

Street circuits have played a major role in the history of the USGP, with Long Beach, Detroit and, infamously, Dallas and Phoenix all having staged an F1 event over the years, but the return to Indianapolis was widely believed to have been in the best interests of the sport. Even though Ecclestone appears opposed to a return, the famous circuit insists that it has not turned its back on F1.

“We continue to have dialogue with F1, and we've long maintained we're interested in hosting their events,” IMS spokesman Chris Schwantz told the Indianapolis Business Journal, “2011 would be a long shot, though. Obviously, there's a lot to consider.”

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Mark _

March 26, 2010 9:22 PM

@Cardinal - That is a statue of a bull on Wall Street. From wiki: Standing 11 feet tall (and measuring 16 feet in length), the oversize sculpture depicts a bull, the symbol of aggressive financial optimism and prosperity, leaning back on its haunches and with its head lowered as if ready to charge...The sculpture is both a popular tourist destination, which draws thousands of people a day as well as "one of the most iconic images of New York" and "Wall Street icon". For those who say a race in the states will not be poplular you must not know that the Indy race had the largest crowds of any F1 event.

racerdave - Unregistered

March 26, 2010 10:22 AM

He's smoking crack again. NYC could care less. And if it's in Jersey?? Might as well be in Indy for all the NYC folks care. If it isn't in the city proper, they're not going to turn out. And it will never be in the city proper because the residents would never go for the disruption in their lives.

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