Carl Goldberg and Bernie Ecclestone are both on the same page about a race which has had organizers on the wrong page since its inception in 2010.
Both agree the Grand Prix of America, to be held along the Hudson River in Weehawken, North Jersey at the Port Imperial Street Circuit will not make the F1 calendar until at least 2016.
Goldberg is the co-President of Roseland Property. His company would need to give the OK for the race preparations to continue in earnest as they hold the rights to much of the land in Weehawken and New York that the race would take place at.
Ecclestone was quoted in Forbes saying: “Somebody said to me the other day that New Jersey seem to have got their act together now and that they have got the money and are all in good shape. Whether or not that is true, I don’t know.”
Big F1 boss Bernie is notorious for being vague, especially about future plans, but it seems he has a soft spot for the ‘Grand Prix of America.’
Most planned races that get this far along and then run out of steam usually never see the light of day again. The F1 grand prix in New Jersey is the only race that’s been dropped twice from the calendar, but it seems like Bernie and F1 haven’t given up yet.
There is a lot of money to be made if such a race – in a massive market like New York – were to get signed to a long term contract and Ecclestone knows that.
All this comes amidst recent news of two new grand prixs making the 2015 and 2016 F1 schedules – Mexico and Azerbaijan, respectively. The Mexican Grand Prix has been revived after a 20+ year absence from the sport. The race will take place at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, where F1 previously hosted races from 1963-1970 and 1986-1992.
Azerbaijan has never had its own race. It has been added to the 2016 Formula One calendar – the race to be held in the country’s capital, Baku.
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