Tag Archives: American GP

Jersey City bins Grand Prix plan

Well that was quick – the mayor of Jersey City has refused to give support to the planned F1 race in the area, which was announced only yesterday.

Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy said that the F1 race would be completely unsuited to Liberty State Park, and it would have a negative effect on the community:

"After a review of the draft proposal prepared by the City's
Tourism Office, I have come to the same conclusion...that this
type of event is not suited for Liberty State Park.

While we work to attract national and international events to
our city, we must ensure that they are appropriate and will have
the least impact upon the quality of life of our residents and
our community."

A plan had been made to host the New York Grand Prix in Liberty State Park, but simply appeared terrible in every single way. The track was a complete mess, and it was right in the middle of a national park. I’m delighted, and I hope you are too, and so are Friends of Liberty State Park, who were opposing the project:

"Mayor Healy did reach out to me yesterday and we had a very 
constructive conversation.

Instead of a negative wasteful controversy, we can all focus on working together on 
positive efforts to benefit Jersey City and Liberty State Park."

So, where now for plans for a race in New York? I’m delighted about this news, but at the same time would love a race in New York.

Ecclestone wants F1 in New York by 2012

Bernie Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone

Since 1982, Bernie Ecclestone has been chasing a Grand Prix to be held in New York. Today, in an interview with Gazetta Dello Sport, he has renewed fresh rumours regarding a race in the city.

While Formula 1 once raced in the New York state, Ecclestone has always wanted one in the middle of the city. He said:

[It would be] in front of Manhattan in New Jersey, with the skyscrapers in the
background. Fifteen minutes from the centre of New York to the circuit would
be marvellous.

F1 last raced in America in Indianapolis in 2007. Ecclestone has said many times that he didn’t like the circuit, nor the people he worked with:

It’s all the wrong crowd and the wrong people and they didn’t really… nothing
worked there really, we’d have to have a big change round. But we’d like
to get back there.

I can’t really see how that makes sense. There’s no such thing as a wrong crowd, because attendance has always been high ever since Indianapolis first appeared in the calendar in 2000. The wrong people might be more accurate, in Ecclestone’s mind. It is well knows that Watkins Glen was dropped in the 1980’s because the organisers coudn’t keep up the payments, and the Indianapolis organisers didn’t want to pay Ecclestone’s increased demands for the next contract. So, we can conclude that Bernie has no real excuse, and just wants more money.

My question would lie in the fact that the wouldn’t be many people in America who would want to invest in a New York race. Most new Grands Prix are hosted in Asia and the Middle East, because there are people who are willing to invest huge sums of money in the races. I’m just not sure that there will be enough investment in the New York race, if it ever becomes a reality.

Having said that, I would love the idea of a race in New York, a creative street circuit especially. The one problem is that there would be too many street circuits on the calendar if this race started, which is ample reason to kick Valencia away and never to be seen again.

If you want, you can start designing your own New York street circuit on www.gmap-pedometer.com. You home in on New York, click “start recording”, and double-click on the next part of your course as it unfolds. If you want, you can save the link of your idea and post it here.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 55 other followers