Grand Prix of America
|Port Imperial Street Circuit|
|Circuit length||5.2 km (3.2 mi)|
|Race length||306.8 km (188.8 mi)|
The Grand Prix of America is a Formula One World Championship race planned for 2014 and beyond. The race will be held on a yet-to-be-constructed 3.2-mile Port Imperial Street Circuit through the New Jersey towns of West New York and Weehawken. near Weehawken Port Imperial. The circuit offers the New York City skyline as a panoramic backdrop.
A Grand Prix in the New York metropolitan area was announced for the 1983 season, to be held either at the Meadowlands Sports Complex, Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows, or Mitchel Field in Hempstead, Long Island (on the same site as the 1936 and 1937 Vanderbilt Cups). However the race was first postponed and then canceled as CART started their own race at the Meadowlands.
In May 2010 Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone announced plans to bring a Formula One race to New York City for the 2012 season. Ecclestone was quoted as saying the race would take place across the Hudson River in New Jersey, with the Manhattan skyline overlooking the circuit. Later that month, plans emerged for a circuit to be built in Jersey City's Liberty State Park, but those plans were abandoned shortly thereafter. While searching for a venue for the race, Staten Island, Floyd Bennett Field and Meadowlands were all explored, but none were considered viable.
In August 2011, The Wall Street Journal reported on a proposal for a street circuit in Weehawken and West New York, New Jersey, putting forward 2013 as a potential start date. Two months later, in October, The Wall Street Journal further reported that the race would be going ahead in June 2013. Other sources were much more cautious, claiming that the race still needed approval from Hudson County officials before the race could go ahead. Later that month, a revised proposal was put forward, tracing a street circuit that ran through Port Imperial, climbing the Hudson Palisades to Boulevard East before descending the Palisades to rejoin Port Imperial Boulevard. On October 25, 2011, it was officially confirmed that New Jersey will host the Grand Prix of America from 2013 onwards on a 3.2-mile (5.2-km) street circuit.
The event is on a ten-year contract, starting in June 2013 so as not to clash with the November running of the United States Grand Prix in Austin. It will be "paired" – held within one week of another event in the interests of cutting down on the costs of logistics – with the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.
Long-time NASCAR promoter Humpy Wheeler is a consultant to the race, which is expected to provide over USD $100 million annually to the economy of the New York/New Jersey area. Leo Hindery, Jr. is the race promoter and director, while Dennis Robinson is the COO. Tom Cotter stepped down as president on August 20.
In July 2012, Bernie Ecclestone confirmed that New Jersey had been included on the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) 2013 Grand Prix schedule on its 2013 calendar as the Grand Prix of Jersey (New York) and in September of the same year, the race was given a provisional date of June 16, 2013. The future of the race was however cast in doubt when a few days later Ecclestone announced that the contract for the race had been annulled.
In September 2012, Ecclestone announced that the circuit's contract had been annulled since the organizers had not complied with the terms and conditions of the contract. However, the race was provisionally included on the official 2013 Formula One schedule, with its status listed as 'to be confirmed'. That schedule was to be finalized in December 2012. On October 18, 2012, the mayor of Weehawken announced that the race would be postponed until 2014.  When asked about the reasons behind the postponement, Ecclestone replied that the organizers could not have everything necessary to host the race arranged in time for 2013.
In March 2013, race promoter Leo Hindery Jr. said that the American Grand Prix is back on track and that critical pavement work will start around September when the weather is most conducive to do such work.
Hindery's organization has been beset with financial difficulties and it remains unclear how the race will be funded, with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie saying that there has been no discussion of the state subsidizing it, as is common for other such events. In May 2013, speculation in the media suggested that Bernie Ecclestone was attempting to return Formula One to the Long Beach circuit as an alternative to the race in New Jersey, though Ecclestone expressed hope the stalled talks with Hindery could be renewed, adding that the sport's adminstrators had invested in the race to pay off the organisers' debts and expedite the construction process. Chris Pook, who originally established the United States Grand Prix West in Long Beach, was also enlisted as a consultant to the Grand Prix of America.
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