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Jersey race promoter claims they have 15-year F1 deal

Jun 11, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

Sebastian Vettel AP

The organizers of the planned F1 race in New Jersey say they have agreed a new 15-year contract with Bernie Ecclestone to host the race from next season.

The event, dubbed the Jersey Grand Prix, was given a place on the 2013 calendar last year but was cancelled when it became clear the venue would not be ready in time.

“Bernie was 100 percent correct in that we hadn’t satisfied his demands and we didn’t have a binding contract in place, and he had every right to question our ability to get it done,” said Leo Hindery, the former racing driver behind the proposal, to the Star-Ledger.

“And as we told Governor [Chris] Christie, we were going to do it without any money from the state or the towns, and that made it very difficult. And it took us longer.”

Proposals for a 19-turn, 3.2-mile street course on the bank of the Hudson River were revealed last May. Race promoters visited the Canadian Grand Prix last weekend to meet with Ecclestone.

“We’re going to go racing sometime in June 2014,” Hindery added.

The Port Imperial race organizers recently announced the hiring of former Long Beach Grand Prix promoter Chris Pook as Bindery’s special assistant. Marty Hunt, the former director of facilities at the Circuit of the Americas, became their director of race operations last week.

Ecclestone said last month a final decision on the race would not be taken for “another couple of months”.

  1. indycarseries500 - Jun 11, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    I’ll believe it when the light goes green for FP1, and if it happens no way it lasts 15 years without government money.

    • tgin52 - Jun 11, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      The big problem is that Bernie will demand more and more and the races will be disasters just like the ones that were run at Indy. And I worked at IMS during the seven years F! was there and those people are the rudest bunch of jerk offs you have ever seen. Oh and the fans that come from overseas aren’t much better.

      • apexassassin - Jun 12, 2013 at 6:44 PM

        First the deal is set. So the F1 fee is non-negotiable for 15 years.

        As for Indy, that city was an utter-shithole during the F1 years… thank god losing F1 was the impetus for the entire city to be remodeled, now at least it looks like something from the 1990’s and not 1955. Seriously, Indy has been totally transformed since F1 left.

        Third I assume you are referring to the local ignorant population as they were what made F1 in Indy nearly unbearable. During the F1 years, Indy led the country in high school dropouts to prison and that effect could be be felt city wide. Lol Indy 10 years ago made people from Sau Paulo were nervous. But what can you expect from a bunch of people who think Waffle House is a 4 star restaurant and that $300 cars should have $10,000 rims. [F1 era] Indy makes New Jersey and Austin look like paradise and I am glad I never have to go to Indy for a race again and I was utterly embarrassed when it was trying to represent our culture to the world. A worse venue would be hard to find. Camdem, Atlanta, or Detroit could pull it off, but no where else could have been worse.

  2. apexassassin - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    We’ll I’ll believe when the asphalt starts going down. 😉

    Though I like to think if Ron Howard says it’s going to happen, then it will happen!

    I don’t see any reason this race wouldn’t be a huge success. I know several people within a 1000 miles that are planning to attend. Where they’ll park, lol, that’s the question.

    Regardless the circuit proposal looks incredible and I’d love to see f1 cars going that fast on the streets of Weehauken.

    • brookwell2013 - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      Hey, I’m in LA and I’ll be there if they race in New jersey!!

    • flashyash - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      Well, then you must be believin’, because it’s a street course and the asphalt is already laid.

      • apexassassin - Jun 12, 2013 at 6:34 PM

        Don’t know much about f1 do you? Go do some research and then think before you type. 😉

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