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New Jersey race ready for 2014

Mar 9, 2013, 7:30 AM EDT

Sebastian Vettel AP

The proposed Grand Prix in New Jersey is on track to go ahead in 2014 according to its promoter, Leo Hindery Jr.

“We are back under construction. We have the consents in place that we didn’t have last fall, and we will quite comfortably put the race on, now probably in the mid-year of 2014 with support.”

This ‘support’ is that of Bernie Ecclestone, who is keen to see a second race in the USA following the success of last year’s United States Grand Prix at the newly-built Circuit of the Americas.

Hindery Jr also spoke about the difficulties in organizing a street race.

“There are two civil engineering pieces that still need attention. One is the obvious one in that the course itself has to be paved to take out any crowns in the roadway, make it perfectly flat, and then Charlie Whiting and his associates demand a quality of asphalt paving that’s very, very high end.

“We were on track, I thought, pretty well for June 2013, and, to be frank, we couldn’t get all of the approvals necessary, most especially right around the river itself. Here in the U.S., water ways are the responsibility of multiple jurisdictions. We have now all of those consents.”

The race, expected to be known as the Grand Prix of America, will go back-to-back with the Canadian Grand Prix next season. With Formula One attempting the break the American market once again, a second race in the space of three years may appear to be a risk. However, the overwhelming reaction to the race in Austin last year makes the prospect of a second race in the United States a highly exciting one for Formula One.

  1. apexassassin - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    I have my fingers crossed that this race will happen. The course looks amazing and could be the fastest road course in modern racing! The only thing better than having a race in the North East would be having a North American team and drivers for F1 in the colony.

    NBC NEEDS TO SHOW ALL F1 SESSIONS LIVE!!! C’mon NBC, get with the program!

    Also, your website could use some refining. I couldn’t care less about nascar or irl, so give F1 it’s own page already!!!

  2. juliath83 - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Will the drivers have to pay tolls every 20 miles?

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