Despite exchanging volleys with Bernie Ecclestone regarding its viability for 2013, organisers of the Grand Prix of America have inked a deal with Sports Systems Services to supply key operational services.

The race, which will take place on the New York/New Jersey border and feature the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop, has been called into question by Ecclestone, but the organisers insist that all is progressing as planned, accepting that the F1 ringmaster is prone to using 'hurry-up tactics' to keep all on their toes. The team behind the event continues to work towards a June double-header with Canada next season, and reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel has already given the proposed layout the thumbs up having driven it as part of promotional event a year ahead of its scheduled debut.

Sports Systems Services will support the race in a range of areas, including accreditation, contract management, internal ticketing, and registration of guests and VIPs.

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"As an organisation that will be running one of the world's greatest sporting events less than a year from now, we are partnering with companies that have a proven track record of success," Grand Prix of America chief operating officer Dennis Robinson commented, "We are very pleased to have Sports Systems, a global leader in event accreditation and guest management technologies, join us as a partner."

Sports Systems Services has been involved with all levels of F1 for 17 years, but the Grand Prix of America will be the first race taking place in its hometown.