Bernie Ecclestone's insistence that F1 should return to the USA and his
presence at the recent Long Beach CART event has led to increased
speculation that San Francisco may host a grand prix by the end of the

Ecclestone was spotted at Long Beach in the company of race organiser Chris
Pook and San Francisco mayor Willie Brown, both of whom are keen to arrange
a race in the west coast city. Brown has already earmarked a former
military site close to the Golden Gate Bridge as a potential venue,
although no deal has officially been done.

San Francisco faces opposition from Atlanta and Dallas, however, as well as
potential threat from environmental protestors. Don Panoz, owner of the
Road Atlanta facility as well as the sportscar marque, has long been
pushing to host the first USGP since 1991, but many believe that Brown's
backing for the race will earn San Francisco the honour.



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