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New Jersey F1 race tickets to cost $563 on average

Jul 2, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

F1 New Jersey AP

Ticket prices for the New Jersey Grand Prix will be sold at an average price of $563 according to UBS.

The Swiss financial services company which sponsors Formula One is behind an initiative to generate $100m of funding for the race as reported by the Daily Telegraph.

Passes for the prestigious Paddock Club will be priced at $4,255 for the race which will be run on a street circuit in front of the Manhattan skyline.

Race organizers expect 240,000 people to attend the three-day event which is slated to join the Formula One calendar next year.

Plans for the race were originally announced in 2011 when race organizers intended the Port Imperial street circuit to hold its first race this year. But it was struck from the calendar as work on the event fell behind schedule.

The New Jersey race will join the Circuit of the Americas as one of two Formula One grands prix to take place in the USA.

Leo Hindery, the former racing driver behind the planned race, claimed last month he had secured a 15-year deal with Bernie Ecclestone for the race.

F1 last raced in New York state when the Watkins Glen road course hosted the United States Grand Prix in 1980.

  1. wallio - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    So for less money I can get a three-day skybox (with pit passes!) for the Indy race at Pocono, and not have to deal with the NY/NJ element? Yea, I think I know where I’ll be……

    • scotiatom - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      Wallio, I think this article is about motor racing. Motor RACING.

      Why are you being so random and talking about something completely unrelated?

      • wallio - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        Please actually read what I posted. The value of the ticket is virtually nil. As I posted, an Indycar (which last time I checked WAS motor racing) skybox ticket for all 3 days, with free food and drink, and pit passes, is less money.

        I know F1 is the pinnacle of motorsports to most of the world (I still say its WEC, which again, is motor racing in case you didn’t know) but it isn’t worth $563 to sit in a grandstand. I’m sorry, it just isn’t. I’ll be racing in the York Nostalgia Nationals next weekend a motor race that has over 620 entries at current, and it won’t cost me that much to actually run the bloody event!

        So please actually read what I post next time.

      • scotiatom - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        BTW, I have also been to Le Mans on a couple of occasions and if I’m honest, I’ll say that over all it is a more enjoyable time, but in a different way. Less “glamor” than F1, a bit more chill. Something about those cars at night with the lights and the sounds and the people is magical. Not going to go so far as to say Pinnacle, but it is certainly up there.

      • purplesectornet - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        WEC is the pinnacle? Bwaaaa ha ha!

      • purplesectornet - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        And by the way F1 is the pinnacle in all of the world….lol. You are so pathetic.

      • scotiatom - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        *sigh* wallio, I did read what you wrote. I thought I misread it, so I read it again. I still don’t quite understand how you can compare indy to F1. I’m going fishing later, but I probably wouldn’t chose to post about it in a comments section related to F1, even though i will be driving In A Car to the fishing spot. Only in America can cars driving in a circle be perceived as “racing”. I only heard about indy and *cough* NASCAR when I moved over here 17 years ago from Europe. I actually went to the Coca Cola 600 in Charlotte, North Carolina because I thought there HAD to be something about it that makes it so popular. I had a few beers at the race and fell asleep in my seat. when I woke up there were tiny bits of rubber floating in my beer. Incidentally, I say “beer” but what I mean is Bug Lite or some other disgusting excuse for fizzing up perfectly good drinking water.

      • wallio - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        Are you really that dense? I wrote about Indycar because I’m comparing the price of the tickets to F1. It’s relevant. You bringing up NASCAR however isn’t. I thought you euros were supposed to have a much better education system than us?

        Also FYI, America bashing may be all the rage where you come from, but being this is an American board, its not too bright. At least purple has the excuse that’s she’s 12. You seem older, smarter. Don’t be a troll.

      • scotiatom - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        This is the internet. You may be in America. The INTERnet is everywhere. Again, comparing ticket prices between F1 and Indy? why not F1 and Disney World? Or a pound of English Cheddar? I can drive up to Limerock and pay 5 bucks to park this weekend and watch my buddy race… Much cheaper than F1, but again, not really relevant. Over the past 40 years I’ve been to at least 1 F1 race a year, in a dozen different countries. it has never been cheap, but it’s not really something that can be sensibly compared to anything else because it is out there on its own. And I’m not bashing America! I love it here! I just think that your cars, beer and chocolate are a bit crap. That is not America Bashing, simply stating my opinion on things I love that don’t quite meet the minimal standard for me to enjoy them. Your bacon on the other hand is quite, quite good. In fact there’s a couple of things that America does quite well – Martin Logan and KRELL are 2 examples that come to mind… but they have nothing to do with racing cars either.

      • wallio - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        I find it odd that you don’t find comparing the ticket prices to one international open-wheeled racing series to the prices of tickets to another international open-wheel series to be relevant, but ok, different strokes I guess. We’ll just have to agree to disagree on that one.

        I would suggest you go to Lime Rock this weekend, crew for your boy, grassroots racing over here needs all the help it can get. Especially at Lime Rock, that track is always under the “it’ll will close soon microscope” for whatever reason.

        Finally, yes the internet is everywhere but this particular site is American. I have no problem with Europe (lucky enough to have been there twice myself) but I just don’t find it wise to come in here and pick America fights, we already have one troll who does that (amongst other things, just look at how she has infected this thread, and with school out now it will only get worse). If you say you weren’t cool, just be careful of it.

        MST is finally taking off (for the longest time it was myself, indy, and apex, and that’s about it) and while the influx of new people is wonderful, we don’t need any stereotypical internet trolls.

      • scotiatom - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        Any time there’s change of direction (both ways) I’m there. I’m all over it. I drive a ’87 E30 on the track, I don’t race it because I don’t have the time to commit to getting properly involved, but I do love to take that car to my limit. I have also watched with interest NASCARs on a track with left AND right turns… it was a little bit sad, but it was actually racing. (I hope no one I know sees this). But yeah I shall double check. Either this weekend or next weekend my buddy is gonna be up there in his wee honda having a blast, and I do kinda help out in whatever way I can monitoring tire temps and pressures and what not.
        Also, the difference as I see it between indy and F1 is Off The Shelf cars and engines with elderly people driving them in a circle (mostly)… having said that, F1 Engines are somewhat off the shelf these days, too. but you get my point. Perhaps.
        We should also agree to disagree about American site V. The Internet. If it is not restricted by a virtual border, and anyone anywhere in the world can reach it and read it and comment on it at any time, it is about as international as the air we breath.

      • wallio - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        “The Internet. If it is not restricted by a virtual border”

        Who do you work for? The NSA? :p

        And Just an FYI, “Those off the shelf” Indy engines will be more powerful than F1 lumps next year. Not that the series is better, but the bhp will be higher. Renault actually admitted this.

      • scotiatom - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        I am not permitted to discuss who I work for. *suspicious look*

      • scotiatom - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        Will an Indy Car keep up with a F1 car with it’s lower powered engine?

      • wallio - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        “Will an Indy Car keep up with a F1 car with it’s lower powered engine?”

        That’s the $64,000 question. I say no, because Indycars are too damn heavy. I know the extra weight is for safety (especially on the ovals) but they’re sleds compared to F1 cars.

      • scotiatom - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        that’s what I thunk.

      • purplesectornet - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        The only troll post was your opening one….you are nothing but a wannabe pal. Plan and simple.

      • purplesectornet - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:12 PM

        Oh and for the record, IndyCar engines vs 2014 F1 engines…wallio is talking about BHP before the ERS – which is another 160 horsepower – but he knew that. F1 cars will still easily outperform Indycars, 5 to 7 seconds a lap quicker…but of course these blow hards will now argue against that simple reality…this place has become so pathetic…seriously…but it isn’t that much different from the article comments over at SpeedTV when they had F1 – American race fans are just plain ignorant I guess…I have no excuse for these guys…other than to tell you that all the hatred obviously comes from pure jealousy…the outcry and whining and naysaying on the internet opinion sphere for Austin was legendary…it’s just hate. Pure and simple. They hate the success of F1, that is why 90 percent of all internet commentary from Americans (that position themselves as hardcore racing fans) about F1 is diatribe. It’s well documented, all you have to do is take a look. Been going on for years.

    • purplesectornet - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      I’m sure that decision will have a huge impact on the F1 race…LOL. What a loser.

      • wallio - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        Ah my arch nemesis, I was wondering when you would arrive. Instead of the usual name calling between the two of us, let me just ask you a question. You are no doubt the biggest proponent/promoter of this NJGP, even hijacking threads that have nothing to do with it. So I must ask, despite this price point, you are going aren’t you?

      • purplesectornet - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:54 PM

        Well you know wallio you may not like my comments, but at least I’m not disingenuous. Yeah I get it – F1 at New York is an IndyCar fan’s worst nightmare…you would think being a grown man you’d be able to take it a little better…but turns out you are nothing but a child. Pretty pathetic.

      • wallio - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:01 PM

        How about answering my question. You ARE going aren’t you? Or won’t Mommy let you?

      • purplesectornet - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:28 AM

        You two idiots can have your troll fest motorsports “discussion”…congratulations you’ve turned this site into two IndyCar trolls talking to morons who don’t know how to read a TV listing…enjoy your “fun”…pffffft…yet another motorsports site destroyed by IndyCar fans trolls…fat men in basements…wanna be tough guys…pffffft!

    • slaphappylures - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:21 AM

      I like racing all types but f1 is my favorite and vettel will go for four. Each type of racing weather it be nascar, indy, or any other each has different challenges cant wait for NJ

  2. jcandice2005 - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    @wallio. From the NJ element. Pheuck off and die.

    • wallio - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Thanks for proving my point Candice, but I know what I’m talking about. As someone who used to race at Old Bridge Twp. Raceway Park in Englishtown, and Island Dragway in Great Meadows, I’m quite familiar with the NJ element, and with having to lock my trailer between rounds, and carry a knife in the staging lanes.

      Although $500+ is far more than most them them can afford, even with government aid, so there is that.

  3. jcandice2005 - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    @ Wallio

    Yea, I think I know where I’ll be……

    In you trailer eating fried chicken and drinking slitz. White trash pheuckk wad!

  4. dhalb34 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Way to expensive for my taste. I’d rather spend the money going to a Cup race or IRL.

  5. indycarseries500 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Ouch, since the viewing will probably suck like 99% of all street courses, I’ll stick to CotA.

  6. indycarseries500 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    …or maybe it’s time to finally take a race in outside North America.

  7. fisha695 - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    That’s only about $127 more then the British GP, however it’s important to remember that most F1 tickets are sold on a “3 Day Pass” format instead of the traditional American “buy a ticket for every day” format and thus that price reflects the 3 day pass price.

    The average price of 2013 General Admission Ticket in Austin is $592 (not including the additional fees/taxes). And the cheapest ticket ($169) gets you nothing more but access to the grounds meaning you have to bring your own chair or towel/blanket and find a spot on a hill somewhere.

    The highest 3 day Austin ticket is $1,200 which averages out to $400 a day, meanwhile the cheapest is $169 which averages out to only $56.33 per day which isn’t really that bad.

    • wallio - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      If it is a three-day ticket then that is much more tolerable. Still more than Indy (as it should be admittedly) but only slightly. Still I’d never be able to go for the whole weekend, so its a bit of a waste.

  8. purplesectornet - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Look at this thread. LOL sip that hater-aide boys; F1 is coming to New York. I know wallio and ICS500 are just seething with a jealous rage. Poor boys. LOL! Face it boys; Formula One rules IndyCar drools.

    • wallio - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      Yes, Im soooo angry! F1 is growing in America! Oh the horror. It’s nice to see it return to NY (well sort of). I know your too young to know this, but F1 used to be at Watkins Glen, and it was grand. Unlike you, I don’t wish ill-will on any motor sport: NASCAR, F1, WEC, USCRS, WOO, IICS,NHRA, IHRA, ADRL, XDRL, I hope all thrive. I just won’t be spending that much to go see it, not when actually participating in a race is cheaper. This sort of wisdom, knowing that a rising tide will lift all boats, comes with age. When you graduate and get out into the real world, you see this.

    • indycarseries500 - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      Yes because I hate some I spend a few hundred to a few thousand dollars on every year on, read my comments before you troll.

      Grow up, it is possible to like multiple forms of motorsport.

      Must be purple in all three sectors of being an idiot internet troll.

      • purplesectornet - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        Just keep sipping that haiter aide losers. This is an article about F1 you pathetic IndyCar trolls…keep sipping that hater-aide…oh and have you heard that NBCSN just posted its highest ratings ever? Take that and put it in your pipe…bunch of haters….that is all you are…that is all you will ever be. How did you like the last seven laps of the British GP? Pretty much blew anything IndyCar has done this year out of the water didn’t it? What’s it like to run around worrying all the time how much more successful F1 is than IndyCar? You two are beyond pathetic…

      • wallio - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        Blew away? A great way to describe tyres that don’t last a whole race.

      • purplesectornet - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:14 PM

        See, even with the best racing of the entire year staring you right in the face – you can’t deal with Formula One. Face it buddy, your just a hater. LOL.

  9. quizguy66 - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    What’s the expected seating capacity for the track? If they are looking for 240,000 over three days that would break down to say, 50,000 for each of the first two days and 140,000 for the 3rd day?

    At that price point, even for 3 days, I’d be pretty surprised to see it meet those projections to be honest. Though perhaps out of state and out of country fans will make up a solid percentage of the total.


    • wallio - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      Over 60% of Cota’s attendance was from Mexico allegedly, and I imagine quite a few canuks will make the drive down.

      • scotiatom - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:37 AM

        Mexicans, like residents in pretty much any other country you care to mention, LOVE their F1. I’m sure they were delighted to have a race so close. and from what I remember it was a really good race with a really excellent (though gripless) track.

    • scotiatom - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      Those tickets, every hotel in a hundred and 50 miles, every rental car, will be snapped up within a week of going on sale. Just like Austin last year. I’m still pathetically butthurt about that.

      • wallio - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:57 PM

        The tickets for Cota did go frightfully quick. I agree Jersey will probably be similar, as you can turn it into a NYC holiday.

    • scotiatom - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:52 AM

      QG, there’s a couple of things about your post that has me scratching my head.
      is he trolling or is he not? is he a potential fan or a hater?
      240,000 over three days. There will be 5 X that number looking for tickets on the first day they go on sale.
      Lets look at some mind blowing numbers:
      If you add all the TV viewers, worldwide, tuned in to The World Series, the basketball final 7 games, and that odd sport with the commercials and fat guys wearing pads occasionally bashing into each other… super bowels? Add them all together for any year in the last 30 years and that TV viewership is a fraction of the people tuned in worldwide to watch any single race on the F1 calendar. I think more people tune in to the World Cup (football) but that’s about it. A quarter of a million people, regardless of the price, will be there. You are probably correct about being mostly out of state or from another country, but yeah, if you build it, they will most certainly come!

      • quizguy66 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        Sorry took a while to get back on here.
        Not a troll. I think the way fans of different series on here go at each other is kinda crazy: you like what you like.
        By way of explanation, I am from the NJ/NYC area. A big NASCAR fan (yes there are some out this way). I’d probably say the enduro/24-hour type races hold my interest most after that. I am amazed with thr technology and speed of the open wheel racers but find the prevelance of trackss with one, maybe two places to pass lessens the appeal to me. I know there’s a ‘power to pass’ button in IRL which seems a bit gimmicky to me IMO. I think the gulf in financing in F1 is unfortunate for the show yhere (this problem certainly exists to a less extreme extent in NASCAR). I like the strategy that racing in weather brings to F1. I think some drivers are better suited to different series and I think there are a select few drivers that excel regardless of the series they are in.

        In terms of the event. I think it’s great for the area if it brings out of town/out of country $ in. If those prices fly in Texas they certainly should here. Hotel capacity should be no issue at all btw – this area hosts huge events all the time (some are so routine, like New Year’s in Times Square that I think people forget about them. The supply is there – it ain’t like, say Brsitol especially in the heyday where 80 miled was the best you could hope for for a decent rate.

        I remember the Meadowlands Grand Prix (which was a CART race which didn’t do great and disappeared after a couple of years. Port Imperial is even closer to the skyline (and the Meadowlands is only 10 miles) and F1 is a bigger show (and will surely have a better budget to prkmote than CART did).

        The one thing that will be a challenge is that the motorsports following in this area is meager at best. We are a melting pot though so the national pride of some of the locals will surely come out – the World Cup was a huge success when it came here. 50k even showed for Saudi Arabia vs Morocco back in ’94 – the other games were stone sell outs. We do big events. The promoters just need to make sure thr casuals get the hype.


  10. Jeff - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    I’ll pass.

  11. wallio - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    The best part about this is, this topic has now displaced Danica as the most commented. The driver who purple once called “the greatest american driver out there” and “clearly ready for f1” has been displaced, in large part thanks to her admitted number 1 fan. I can’t wait to see her head explode on that one, she must be twitching already!

    • purplesectornet - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      So you are resorting to lies now? What a total loser…lol.

      • indycarseries500 - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        The pot calls the kettle black, you’re both total losers…lol.

      • purplesectornet - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        we can test that theory anytime buddy…pretty easy to find me on twitter…

  12. apexassassin - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    What part of “average price” do you fail to grasp?

    If you aren’t an F1 fan, why are you posting here? Talk about trollfest. 😦

    • indycarseries500 - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      I don’t think anyone posting isn’t an F1 fan. Wallo just says stupid stuff like WEC being the pinnacle of motorsports or IndyCars will be faster than the 2014 F1 engines and purplesector is just a flat-out idiot that doesn’t think it’s possible to like multiple racing series and if you do you hate Formula 1.

      • purplesectornet - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:20 AM

        I frankly don’t give a shit what you think of me moron…but do let me know if you want to take this offline and deal with it. Because we sure the hell can do that…

  13. rpcole57 - Jul 4, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Well scotiatom are you. The man or what? Most of us can’t afford to travel the world watching f1. Personally I prefer to watch sporting events where one can see the entire field of play. I went to to usgp at indy several times and it was fun, but I much preferred the races I saw at homestead and Atlanta and Walt Disney World speedway, where yes, they drove in circles. I also like drag racing where they, gasp, go in a straight line! I would like to go to f1 again but I doubt it will happen on my working man wages. I think f1 is better watched on tv anyway

  14. rpcole57 - Jul 4, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Actually none of those tracks are circles. All left turns yes but far from circles. Wdw was especially interesting with three distinct corners much like Pocono will be this weekend. And to me Pocono will be much more interesting than any f1 race. When f1 was at indy it was affordable nj will not be for most people but enjoy if you like it

  15. riffraff111 - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Well, Wall Street’s greed has wreaked havoc on the economy. Now New Jersey gets to host those clowns.

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