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F1 tipped to replace IndyCar at Long Beach

Apr 16, 2013, 7:47 AM EST

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Could Formula One return to Long Beach in place of IndyCar in the near future?

Bernie Ecclestone is rumoured to be considering a return to the circuit which Formula One last visited in 1983 according to a report by Gordon Kirby in MotorSport.

Ecclestone is keen to have at least one more race in the USA in addition to the round at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. A street race in New Jersey was supposed to appear on the F1 calendar this year but has been postponed to 2014.

“The Ecclestone name is widely-known in LA, well beyond motor racing’s narrow corridors, and it seems all but inevitable that Bernie will buy the Long Beach GP for F1’s return to Southern California in 2015,” says Kirby.

One stumbling block to a return to Long Beach for F1 would be the length of the circuit. At 1.968 miles it would need to be extended by at least 0.2 miles to reach the minimum length required for new Formula One circuits.

Formula One race at Long Beach from 1976 to 1983 before Ecclestone pulled the race having failed to agree financial terms with promoter Chris Pook.

IndyCar racing in its various guises has taken place at the track ever since and the third round of the 2013 IndyCar series is set to take place there this weekend. But its contract with the circuit is due for renewal next year.

Read about the last Formula One Long Beach Grand Prix held 20 years ago

  1. wallio - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    There’s simply no way with happens. America for the longest time had no F1 presence whatsoever. Now less than 3 years later we’re getting 3 Grands Prix? Yes, I know it did happen in the ’80s, but there’s simply not enough interest over here. Austin sold out, but the crowd was 60% Mexican fans. And the government of Texas has already said they’re considering pulling the $25mil a year for COTA because Jersey will eat into the race (which it will) what will they do when a third GP happens? Luckily, this rumor has been around for awhile. Since about 1984 or so…..m.

  2. indycarseries500 - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Here’s why it won’t happen. Kevin Kalkohven and Gerry Forsythe won’t sell, if they do it’ll most likey go to Green/Savoree promotions who will keep it an IndyCar race since Kalkohven knows the race is important to his sponsors. If Chris Pook were to buy the rights he’d have to spend millions he’d just be better off starting over somewhere else. Bernie is only throwing his name in the hat to put pressure on the New Jersey group to get their stuff done.

  3. icemanpjn - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Long Beach just isn’t going to happen with F1. The circuit isn’t sufficient for modern F1 and we already have two perfectly good Grands Prix (one in the works.)

  4. randominternetpunter - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    I was born and raised in LA.
    Went to all the F1 races there and a few Indy&CART races too…
    It’s all we have left gang.
    No OMS..No Riverside….I’m gonna cry soon.

  5. apexassassin - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Man i hope this a just a rumour. F1 in Long Beach is a waste of a F1 race, imo.

    And also the Long Beach circuit is a tired old dog of a race track, so it’s perfect for Indy.

    And someone thinks the NJGP is still on because there is work being there right now.

  6. purplesectornet - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    What is wrong with the crowd at Austin being 60% hispanic? Who cares who buys the tickets? Are you saying there are no hispanics in So Cal? bwaa ha ha…

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