Back in June, Bernie Ecclestone seemed confident that the Grand Prix of America would not happen in 2013. Despite that, June 16, 2013 was announced as the date for the inaugural Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial. Turns out Ecclestone was right.
“I remain totally committed to the Port Imperial race and its unique location and attributes, and we will continue to work closely together to realize our dream in 2014,” Ecclestone said. “As Leo says, we are still going to be racing at Port Imperial, now however in 2014.”
Formula One and the Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial announced that the inaugural race has been moved to 2014 due to ongoing construction issues on the riverfront street course. Both parties are confident that the race will occur in 2014 and remain committed to the project.
Among the construction issues cited, the additional time needed to develop complex Hudson Riverfront facilities and finishing the second pits and paddock garage on the site caused problems.
Grand Prix of America and Formula One were quick to point out that significant progress has already been made as they originally aimed for a 2013 race. Substantial construction of the first garage has been completed while other permanent facilities and hiring of senior staff along with partnering with key vendors are already all in place.