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According to reports from The Wall Street Journal, New Jersey could come in the picture and host a second race in the United States.
The project, which was previously put on hold due to activists opposed to holding such an event in the Garden State, just across the Hudson from the Manhattan skyline, is building up steam again. A new proposal is in the works to have a race hosted in the townships of Weehawken and West New York. The project’s backer stressed that all expenses for this event will come from private money, and not from taxpayers.
If all goes to plan, US could once again be hosting two Formula 1 races a year. Back in the 1970′s, East and West Grand Prixs were held back to back, one at Watkins Glen, NY and the other at Long Beach, CA.
Over the last decade, this Aussie racing series has expanded beyond its island home, having staged races in China, New Zealand and the Middle-East. Now it is looking at the United States to stage a race, and it will probably be at the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. This circuit is being built especially to host Formula-One races in the coming years, and since the Australian V8 Supercars are an FIA sanctioned race series, it makes sense to race at this new circuit.
V8 Supercars boss Tony Cochrane has said that the series is looking to expand to six new overseas venues, while retaining all the currents stops in Australia. This could include some European and Asian destinations, plus the ever attractive American market.
You’ll have to wait some time before watching these V8 Supercars race in the flesh. The FIA has approved new races for this series for 2013. By then the new circuit in Austin should be complete. We can’t wait to see Holden (GM) and Ford racing head-to-head on our shores.
[Source: The Age]