Formula One Adds New Jersey As Latest Racing Venue For 2013

Danny Choy
by Danny Choy

The moment has come. Formula One, the pinnacle of international automotive racing, is coming for Greater New York in 2013!

According to well placed sources involved in the matter, the Formula 1 franchise will make an official announcement of the “Formula One Grand Prix of America” some time next week. Slatted for June 2013, the Weehawken-West New York road course of New Jersey will feature a stunning Manhattan skyline backdrop.

A Tuesday press conference at Port Imperial, Weehawken is expected. This project was first proposed in August, when the mayors of Weehawken and West New York issued a joint statement that revealed discussions with a group of investors led by Leo Hindery by Leo Hindery, Jr., a former chief executive of the YES Network, to bring a race to New Jersey were in motion.

The current Formula One calendar features nineteen incredible destinations including Monaco, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Yas Marina, Montreal, Melbourne, and Catalunya. The last grand prix held in the United States was at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2007.

By 2010, already a three year hiatus, Formula 1 already announced plans for a return to the United States. As we speak, a state-of-the-art $250 million racetrack in Austin, Texas enters the final phases of construction, readying for its debut at the November 2012 Formula One Grand Prix of America. With the addition of the New Jersey circuit, racing fans in the United States finally gets to experience the excitement they deserve.

[Source: Wall Street Journal]

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  • Jim in Houston Jim in Houston on Oct 22, 2011

    I wouldn't bet on the Formula 1 in Austin, Texas, (formerly known as the "Grand Prix of America") lasting past its inaugural year of 2012. Hope the Texas promoters got a guarantee for a minimum number of races and have a team of lawyers ready to argue the contract.

  • Dirt fan Dirt fan on Oct 24, 2011

    i would like to also see a warm up race featuring our local heroes: Hendrickson,Pauch,Horton,Laubach,Pratt etc! Right Guys !?!!!?