One of the key figures behind plans for an F1 race in New Jersey says is confident that the race will be on the 2014 F1 calendar when it is officially confirmed by the FIA.

The Grand Prix of America had been due to run for the first time this year before being delayed when it became clear that financial issues would prevent the inaugural race from taking place.

A draft calendar that appeared during the Italian Grand Prix weekend then failed to feature the New Jersey race, leading to talk that the plans would again not come to fruition.

However, promoter Leo Hindery Jr insists that that exclusion was simply down to the fact that a payment to be made to the national sporting authority the ACCUS has yet to go through, with the race set to earn a place on the calendar once that payment is made.

"We never had any expectation of being on a preliminary schedule," he told the Press Association. "But it took on a life of its own because so many of us are aspiring to be on the calendar that haven't been there before - ourselves, Russia, Mexico, and with Austria also returning.

"In our particular case we were told not to do anything but stick to the date of the 20th [September], which we intend to do. Bernie told us if we stayed consistent with the rules and applications then he would expect there to be a New Jersey race.

"Time-wise, we have done everything we have been told to do, and when to do it. The calendar decision will be made later this month, and although I can't guarantee anything, we fully expect to be on it."

Hindery did concede however that he had underestimated how challenging it would be to get a new event off the ground in the current economic climate.

"I committed us early on to no state, municipal or public financing whatsoever, which is something we believe in and are committed to," he said. "Others haven't had that conviction, which has made it tougher.

"Were it not for some great partners and some folks in the sport who want us to succeed then it would have been abandoned. I wouldn't have been able to have pulled it off.

"But hands down this has been the toughest challenge of my career."


Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register to add your comment