Grand Prix of America

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This article is about the Grand Prix in New Jersey. For the Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, see United States Grand Prix. For other United States-based Grands Prix, see United States Grand Prix (disambiguation). For the motorcycle race, see Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Americas.
Not to be confused with the Grand Prix Americas.
Grand Prix of America
Port Imperial Street Circuit
Circuit New Jersey.svg
Race information
Laps 59
Circuit length 5.2 km (3.2 mi)
Race length 306.8 km (188.8 mi)

The Grand Prix of America[1] is a proposed Formula One (F1) World Championship race.[2] The race would be held on the planned 5.2 km Port Imperial Street Circuit through the New Jersey towns of West New York and Weehawken.[1] near Weehawken Port Imperial,[3] with the New York City skyline as a panoramic backdrop.

Originally planned to debut in 2013, it was later postponed. The race was included on the 2014 provisional calendar,[4] but not on the final 2014 calendar issued by the FIA on December 4, 2013.[5] A year later, the Grand Prix of America again remained absent from the 2015 FIA F1 calendar [6] leaving the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas the only US Formula 1 race scheduled. F1 President and CEO Bernie Ecclestone has stated that the promoters are in breach of contract and that new proposals from other parties would be welcome.[7]

History[edit]

A Grand Prix in the New York metropolitan area was announced for the 1983 season, to be held either at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in New Jersey, Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows in Queens, or Mitchel Field in Hempstead, Long Island (on the same site as the 1936 and 1937 Vanderbilt Cups).[8][9] However the race was first postponed and then canceled, and it was also scheduled for 1984 and 1985, but never managed to get off the ground.[10] CART then started their own race at the Meadowlands.[11]

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.[12] Later that month, plans emerged for a circuit to be built in Jersey City's Liberty State Park,[13][14] but those plans were abandoned shortly thereafter.[15] While searching for a venue for the race, Staten Island, Floyd Bennett Field and Meadowlands were all explored, but none were considered viable.[16]

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.[17] Two months later, in October, The Wall Street Journal further reported that the race would be going ahead in June 2013.[18] 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,[19] 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.[3][20]

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.[21] 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.[21]

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.[22] Leo Hindery, Jr. is the race promoter and director, while Dennis Robinson is the COO. Tom Cotter stepped down as president on August 20.[23]

The track is going to be a street circuit designed by F1 circuit architect Herman Tilke. Christian Epp of Tilke America was quoted saying “It's a street circuit with elevation change comparable to what you see in Monaco... but the high speed makes this quite unique.”[24]

Postponement[edit]

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)[25][26] and in September of the same year, the race was given a provisional date of June 16, 2013.[27] 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.[28][29][30]

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.[28] However, the race was provisionally included on the official 2013 Formula One schedule, with its status listed as 'to be confirmed'.[31] That schedule was to be finalized in December 2012.[32] On October 18, 2012, the mayor of Weehawken announced that the race would be postponed until 2014.[2][33] 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.[34]

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.[35]

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,[36] though Ecclestone expressed hope the stalled talks with Hindery could be renewed,[37] adding that the sport's administrators 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.[38]

In June 2013, it was announced that race organizer Leo Hindery had signed a new, 15-year contract with F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone after all permits had been secured.[39] Work on the permanent 24-car paddock area was near completion, while paving on the road course could begin "as early as next week,"[40] well ahead of the earlier planned September 2013 start date.

On August 23, 2013, Ecclestone announced that the 2014 Grand Prix of America was canceled because the promoters could not raise the $100 million required for the event planning.[41][42] The race was not included on the draft 2014 calendar,[43] with race promoters claiming an administrative error.[44]

During the telecast of the 2013 Singapore Grand Prix on September 22, 2013, it was announced on-air that Leo Hindery, Jr and promoters have submitted all necessary entry fees for inclusion on the 2014 calendar, with a provisional date of June 1, 2014 between the Monaco and Canadian Grands Prix.[45] The Grand Prix was later confirmed on the provisional calendar.[4]

The FIA released the official 2014 Formula One season calendar on December 4, 2013, and the Grand Prix did not appear on the schedule. At the same time, the FIA announced that the race had been postponed due to a number of long-term financial problems could not be sorted out come the race's provisional date. Ecclestone apparently has not given up on the race itself; stating "I have no doubt we will be racing at Port Imperial in 2015." Organizers were working on financial restructuring and were also optimistic.[46] In December Ecclestone said the organizers are in breach of contract and that he would entertain proposals from other parties.[7]

There had not been much news regarding the race in 2014, until an article in Forbes written in July revealed that Ecclestone was not willing to put the race on a Formula One calendar until 2016.[47]

References[edit]

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