New Jersey Grand Prix expected to be announced on Tuesday

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Formula 1 is poised to confirm a second race in the USA.

The Wall Street Journal reports a press conference will be held on Tuesday is expected to announce plans for a race in New Jersey beginning in 2013.

This would be the second American round of the championship alongside the Austin Grand Prix, which will take place for the first time next year.

Provisional plans for a circuit were revealed in August:

If the project comes to fruition it will realise Bernie Ecclestone’s long-held plans for a race in the New York area.

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  1. Rammstein said on 22nd October 2011, 10:22

    This is great news for F1 and New York.

  2. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 22nd October 2011, 10:24

    Looking at Google street view, this will be a very interesting race – a lot of the roads around the above proposal are in a residential area. And it’s also going to have some pretty extreme elevation, possibly even greater than Eau Rouge. But the best thing is that it will be a proper street circuit – no acres of tarmac runoff!

  3. RB7 (@rb7) said on 22nd October 2011, 10:24

    New York race would be phenomenal!!! Thanks Keith for being the first to break news on this potential announcement! Monaco, Singapore & New York would be my trifecta of street circuits to watch on location.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 22nd October 2011, 10:31

      Um, I hate to break it to you, but The Wall Street Journal (seven hours ago) and Autosport (four hours ago) both published this first …

      • sozavele (@formula-1) said on 22nd October 2011, 10:37

        @RB7 check other sites first, broden your horizens just because Keith says something it does not mean he is the first to announce it, Auto week announced it (10 hours ago), even though it probably isn’t, it could be a malicious rumour.

        Keith, instead of just putting in about a new Lewis, I’m surprised you didn’t add that he had split from Nicole, and by the way the new Lewis quote was out days ago, hardly due for the round-up, maybe a round-up of last week.

        • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 22nd October 2011, 10:41

          @formula-1 This isn’t Hello magazine, I don’t give a damn about the drivers’ love lives. There’s a thread on it in the forum.

          • Hairs (@hairs) said on 22nd October 2011, 10:45

            +1 I’m extremely happy Keith doesn’t waste time speculating about the driver’s private lives. it’s none of our business, frankly.

          • James (@jamesf1) said on 22nd October 2011, 10:46

            That’s true, I see this place more like Heat magazine ;)

          • matt90 (@matt90) said on 22nd October 2011, 11:56

            I do think it might be interesting if was fact, as so many people believe it is factors in his personal life that have been affecting his driving, but I agree that conjecture is a waste of time in the round-up.

          • Dougy_D (@dougy_d) said on 22nd October 2011, 12:01

            COTD :D

          • Spinmonkey (@spinmonkey) said on 22nd October 2011, 14:09

            “This isn’t Hello magazine, I don’t give a damn about the drivers’ love lives.” That’s the funniest thing I’ve ever read! +100

          • TED BELL said on 22nd October 2011, 17:02

            I call **…anyone who chooses to live a life style such as being a Grand Prix Star is subject to the rigors of media attention and all that goes with it, good and bad. I am not saying that I agree with it although hearing the rumors about Hamilton does sort of make his attitude at Korea understandable.

          • Adrian J (@adrian-j) said on 22nd October 2011, 19:39

            COTD from Keith there I think!!

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 23rd October 2011, 19:23

            Indeed @keithcollantine, while it might well be that Hamilton did split up with his GF, its not the most interesting news that we would all want to see on here!

            I would like a good interview with Hamilton about what made it hard for him in the past couple of months, and if one appears in the coming weeks/months I am sure you will put that one online ;-)

          • Mr.Zing Zang said on 24th October 2011, 3:28

            Ha ha Kieth. Sometimes I try to annoy you with my posts. But man, there is no need to anymore. Others are doing it.

            But yeah, you should have posted about the split with Nicole Sherzy! That is accurate reporting my son.

        • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 22nd October 2011, 11:00

          Keith, instead of just putting in about a new Lewis, I’m surprised you didn’t add that he had split from Nicole, and by the way the new Lewis quote was out days ago, hardly due for the round-up, maybe a round-up of last week.

          It’s completely unverified, @formula-1 – it’s a story being reported by the tabloids (who have reported that they have split up on at least three other occasions), and the tabloids will run any story that they think will make money regarldess of the actual truth behind it.

        • RB7 (@rb7) said on 22nd October 2011, 11:02

          Fair enough about other media reporting it :-) Obviously we all read different sources – I do use CNN and Reuters as other news sources as well as Autosport, but didnt spot it there … still, gotta give Keith kudos – he isn’t exactly resourced like WSJ.

        • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 22nd October 2011, 12:07

          OH NO! they broke up?? how sad! they were a perfect couple.

          To be honest, I prefer the round-up to have ScarbsF1 links…

        • Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 22nd October 2011, 15:55

          Won’t Nicole Scheizinger be coming to the race then? She could have watched from Hamilton Park.

        • UKFan (@) said on 22nd October 2011, 18:42

          Your nick is Formula 1 but you seem not care much about it.

  4. sozavele (@formula-1) said on 22nd October 2011, 10:32

    The track does not really look that great though, consisting of one harpin, a few sharp corners but mainly long straights, even though it is good for America I can see it being a bit boaring.

  5. stevie (@stevie) said on 22nd October 2011, 10:43

    looks great but 2 races in a country that doesn’t really care about formula 1 doesn’t make sense.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 22nd October 2011, 10:52

      @stevie

      in a country that doesn’t really care about formula 1

      It’s true that, proportionally, interest in F1 in America is dwarfed by NASCAR and non-racing sports. But America is a vast country with a huge population, so even that proportionally small number is still a significant total number of fans. The second-largest group of users on F1 Fanatic by location are in America.

      And it’s obviously a massive economy and market for F1 to tap into as well.

      Generally I’m not in favour of one country having more than one race. But if an exception is going to be made anywhere, it makes sense to make it here.

      • SVettel (@) said on 22nd October 2011, 11:00

        I think F1 should have more than 1 race in countries that are simply massive, i.e: Russia, America

        • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 22nd October 2011, 11:27

          I think two races in Russia would be a mistake. Russia is unexplored territory for Formula 1; Vitaly Petrov and Marussia might be Russian and compete under racing licences issued in Russia, and while local motorsport has sprung up since the collapse of the Soviet Union (and far faster than in other countries that we go to, like South Korea and Bahrain), a Russian Grand Prix is still very new. We have no idea how the Russian community will take to it. Maybe there would be a second Russian Grand Prix in the future, but a lot of it would hinge on the success of the first race.

          • Gucha said on 22nd October 2011, 12:15

            I think the language barrier makes it impossible for those who don’t speak Russian to understand extent of motorsport following in Russia. It certainly can’t compete with the UK or the US in number of motorsport events held. However the fans are quite active. I’ve been watching Formula One since 1995 and I know people who watched it even before the collapse of the Soviet Union thanks to first cable TV providers. There are team fan clubs (Jordan-Force India even =) ) who have regular meeting for grand prix. Sport bars show each race and in major cities it’s not hard to find a place where to watch it with your mates. Online communities are numerous and very well developed.
            Of other motorsports, rallying is quite popular as you can expect. And Drifting grew to ridiculous number both in events and followers in 2000s.
            Motorsport existed to smaller extent in Soviet Union, in forms of factory backed teams, like Kamaz and Lada. It certainly didn’t spring with the collapse and it is still in it’s infancy. There was huge drop in interest and in number of events in 2002-2003. So many good racing series and events lost. Those were mainly backed by local authorities. Ex-Mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov is a huge car enthusiast. Later in 2000s it started to develop, on a national level, as a private initiative. Vitaly Petrov’s manager is actually owner of Russian Touring Car Championship and touring car driver herself in the past.
            I very much expect people to pay ridiculous money to attend the first grand prix in Sochi and it will be definitely a sold-out.
            I’d say, if you are looking for similar fan communities it is comparable to the UAE.

        • Mustalainen (@mustalainen) said on 22nd October 2011, 14:31

          @svettel …and China, India, Brazil… I don’t think it would be good for F1. I don’t like the idea of smaller countries giving up their race for bigger countries to host several.

      • Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 22nd October 2011, 11:01

        Completely agree.

        Formula 1 doesn’t need the USA so to speak, but it’s far better off with a successful and secure presence in the States than it is without.

        Having two races may be against the spirit of the calendar, but if a country like Spain can get two Grands Prix why not the States? The USA have a strong Formula 1 heritage and, as Keith points out, there is a strong hardcore fan base already there. You could say ‘well why not have two races in Italy, Britain or Germany then?’ and you’d have a point, but the fact is no one is asking for a second race in those countries.

        If the US want two races and they have the means and the desire to do so, I say why not?

        • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 22nd October 2011, 11:08

          Having two races may be against the spirit of the calendar, but if a country like Spain can get two Grands Prix why not the States?

          I’m a little bit bemused that people are outraged at the idea of America having two races, considering that they were the first country to have two races between 1976 and 1980, with the United States Grand Prix and the United States Grand Prix West.

        • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 22nd October 2011, 23:51

          @magnificent-geoffrey I agree. I also think that a country as wide and diverse as the US is, it can justify holding 2 races. One of which being a street circuit is even better.

    • W-K (@w-k) said on 22nd October 2011, 15:34

      It makes a lot of sense to Bernie and the FIA, so that they can attract the car manufacturers. For the manufacturers such as BMW, Honda, Toyota etc F1 is an advertising board, and if that board is not displayed in their biggest market, when the going gets tough they leave. And we get left with the 3 new teams.

    • F1Yankee (@f1yankee) said on 22nd October 2011, 20:50

      no, what doesn’t make sense is the usa and france, and nearly uk and spa, not having any gp at all. korea, india, russia? puh-lease.

      the domination of nascar is past it’s peak:

      this year stopped 3 years of decline for nascar.

      this year’s 1st baltimore gp (indy) was a huge success, long beach remains as strong as ever, and even nascar’s road races are popular. road racing at all levels has been re-taking lost ground.

      the death of dan wheldon highlights the fact that these cookie-cutter ovals that have sprung up like mushrooms are good only for a high-speed demolition derby.

      the pendulum is swinging back towards those who turn left and right.

      • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 22nd October 2011, 21:15

        I agree, and hopefully with the addition of Austin and Jersey, F1 can makeup some lost ground. It would help if SPEED had more extensive coverage pre and post race.

        • F1Yankee (@f1yankee) said on 23rd October 2011, 8:42

          proper f1 tv coverage in the us is way overdue. versus (nbc) is doing well so maybe they could put in a bid at some point. espn is as bad as speed.

          • javlinsharp (@javlinsharp) said on 24th October 2011, 21:10

            I may be wrong, but it seems Fox network has exclusive US tv rights to F1. Speed channel is owned by the Fox conglomerate. There are about 4 races each year broadcast on the normal Fox channel

            Even still, the F1 coverage is pitiful, especially when compared to Speed’s Nascar coverage(nearly 8 hrs of non-race programming during a race weekend).

            F1 gets 30 min pre-race show, and a crappy 1 hr roundup before live quali (even if its in the dead of night)

            Allow me to list some other similar auto coverage we have here in the US
            4 hrs of WRC on race weekend
            8 hrs of Monster Truck every week
            Every one of the 24hrs of Lemans
            10 hrs a day of Barrett Jackson auction
            4 hrs of Outlaws

            While I enjoy much of this coverage, (yes, even the monster trucks 1400hp, 7ft tires, 40ft in the air, whats not to love) I cant help ful feeling F1 gets short shrift.

  6. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 22nd October 2011, 10:43

    I’m quite surprised but excited about this news.

    Grands Prix aren’t simply just races, they’re events. Places like Silverstone, Monza and Monaco may not produce 5-star excitement races each and every year, but they are sacred to Formula 1 because they are such major events for all involved.

    Every time we see a new addition to the calendar, not only am I hoping that the circuit is able to produce good exciting racing but that the race is embraced by the locals and treated as a festival as much as it is a race. That’s what we’ve failed to get in Korea and what I’m fearing will be the case in India. Austin seems to have a better chance of being a really great addition to the calendar because there is clearly enthusiasm and excitement for what will come of F1 returning to the States.

    Hopefully, the Austin race will be a big success so that there is a wave of excitement that builds towards New Jersey. Having two good, exciting Grands Prix in the States would be a fantastic prospect for everyone involved in Formula 1. I never thought it would happen, but I’m quite excited by it so I hope the people of New Jersey/New York will be too.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 22nd October 2011, 14:18

      @magnificent-geoffrey

      Every time we see a new addition to the calendar, not only am I hoping that the circuit is able to produce good exciting racing but that the race is embraced by the locals and treated as a festival as much as it is a race. That’s what we’ve failed to get in Korea and what I’m fearing will be the case in India.

      I think the idea in the likes of South Korea and Turkey and Bahrain is to jump-start local motorsport. Formula 1 showcases the pinnacle of international competition, and the obvious intention is to show that to the locals and motivate them to build up their own domestic scene with a view to getting young drivers into the sport within a few years. The problem is that we don’t really know too much about how to actually do this; for now, the best we can do is build a circuit and hope the fans come. A lot hinges on promoting the event to crowds, which failed in Turkey (unfortunately; it’s a great circuit).

      Of all the new-er races on the calendar, China seems to be doing the best. It has helped that 2010 and 2011 had thrilling races, but Chinese fans are starting to come to the races in droves (reduced ticket prices help). And I think Chinese investment in the sport is inevitable. I also think India can duplicate this success; the race is getting a lot of media attention, and India already has a presence in Formula 1 through Force India, Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok. Someone posted a list of sponsors who have already signed up for the event yesterday, and it’s a pretty impressive list. And teams are already getting Indian investment; Sauber, for instance, have a deal with Amul, a dairy co-operative.

      New York doesn’t really have to worry about that. It’s New York. It doesn’t need a kick-start. Provided the race doesn’t clash with any other major sports events, I see no reason why it cannot be a success.

      • Nas-T said on 22nd October 2011, 17:18

        Malaysia GP also help kick start motorsport in Malaysia. Several racing talent emerge such as Jazeman Jaafar, fahmi Ilyas, Fairuz Fauzy. Malaysian company involvement in F1 also getting larger. Several world class motorsport event was held in Malaysia such as Super GT, MotoGP, A1 GP. Malaysia endurance race also attract bigger name from Le Mans Series. Korea and India should seek advice from Japan or Malaysia or China on developing the motorsport in their country.

  7. James (@jamesf1) said on 22nd October 2011, 10:43

    Ugh no thankyou. It’s a world championship for a reason, people are annoyed that Spain has two races as they were when Germany had two. Why is the USA any different?

    I realise that the USA is made up of 50 states of which could be countries in their own right, but they’re not. In my book it should be one race or none. This is preventing over countries from hosting, particularly European venues which are proven racetracks. I would rather Mexico or Argentina make a return than this.

    Drop Austin once people realise it’s an over funded white elephant and then perhaps look at holding a race in NY.

    • electrolite (@electrolite) said on 22nd October 2011, 11:49

      I think it’s obvious why 2 races in the US makes more sense than in Spain. The race in Austin, and the race in New York, would each have completely different cultural appeals and atmospheres surrounding the Grands Prix there.

      Besides, although the US may not have a lot of F1 heritage, it’s a huge economical and cultural chunk of the world we can’t really ignore.

      • Scalextric (@scalextric) said on 22nd October 2011, 16:59

        Which country has held the second most F1 GPs? The US. That’s a heritage, I would suggest. Noticeably missing from the heritage are teams and, to a lesser extent, drivers.

        • electrolite (@electrolite) said on 22nd October 2011, 22:31

          Indeed, those you mentioned are what I meant. Sure, there’s been GPs in America, but it’s not a country that exactly screams at you when you think of ‘F1′.

          • Scalextric (@scalextric) said on 23rd October 2011, 0:19

            Not sure about that, but if so, then nor is Korea, China, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Turkey, Malaysia, Singapore, or India. Only a few countries have actual F1 teams operating in them, so we can’t really use that as a criterion. Unfortunately, the thing that screams at you when you think of F1 these days is cash.

      • James (@jamesf1) said on 22nd October 2011, 17:27

        So many countries could argue different cultural appeal from one area to another. Russia a prime example, Australia, even Britain is has polar opposite cultures from one end to another.

        Culture is not a reason to have two GPs in the same country.

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 22nd October 2011, 23:58

      @JamesF1 I would HATE it if F1 just stuck to 20th century European race tracks. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to spice things up a little a bit (and provide some ample competition for FOM to whack the prices up, of course). Besides, Paul Ricard is coming back soon.

    • Wonderduck (@wonderduck) said on 23rd October 2011, 2:37

      Why is the USA any different?

      Because it’s one single country that is nearly the same size (geographically) as Europe, and a GDP just a smidge under that of all the EU states combined?

      I’d say those are some good reasons right there.

  8. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 22nd October 2011, 10:46

    Hm. Layout reminds me à bit of Valencia… and à bit of Abu Dahbi.

    Stunning background, but will this circuit be equally stunning?

  9. Hairs (@hairs) said on 22nd October 2011, 10:56

    this shows f1 really is expanding its audience: It now caters to vapid celebrities in Monaco, container ship crews in Korea, venal businessmen in Singapore,brutal dictators in the middle east, white elephant property developers in Valencia and Austin, and now orange skinned, “duckfaced” alcopop drinkers in new Jersey.

    Really sustainable markets, unlike that useless Grand Prix in Silverstone or Spa.

  10. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 22nd October 2011, 11:00

    America has quite a good record for street circuits – better than Europe or Asia (Macau excepted) in my opinion – so I’m cautiously optimistic about this one.

    Having been along the Hudson it really would make a beautiful backdrop for the race, one to rival even Monaco. Singapore could be anywhere with its flashy lights (twilight race please!); Valencia is a building site by a beach. Whilst Monaco is a tour through some wonderful European architecture, it would be fitting to have a race with a 20th century American skyline as a backdrop. I remember watching the Toronto Indy with the iconic CN Tower in the backdrop, which as a former resident made it all the more special to me. It might not be in New York, but how nice for locals would it be to see New York in the background and think “wow, that’s us!”?

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 23rd October 2011, 10:38

      Fully agree on that one @Icthyes, the Toronto IndyCar races were great, something like that next to New York would be really good.
      And the track offers some perspective for its covering some 130 m in elevation to make it something different from other tracks as well.

  11. Phil T (@phil-t) said on 22nd October 2011, 11:03

    Hmm, “over funded”, I bet BE and CVC just love seeing that phrase in connection to a racetrack.

  12. I’m ridiculously excited! A grand prix I can walk to is definitely something I can live with. :-D

    Now to get everyone else around here excited about it. For many people around here, motor racing = NASCAR = something they want nothing to do with, and few of them understand how different F1 is. I think a good first step would be a demo run…

  13. Chalky (@chalky) said on 22nd October 2011, 11:22

    This is great news. I remember us discussing the merits of this course in the forums. Especially the hill climb and the hairpin. I’ll look forward to more detailed plans.

  14. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 22nd October 2011, 11:24

    I’m wondering what they’ll actually call the race (yes, I brought this up in the round-up, bu it’s more-relevant here). The Autosport article seems to imply the name will be the New Jersey Grand Prix, but I think that lacks punch. However, Jersey is known as “The Garden State”, so maybe the Garden State Grand Prix would be a good name. Likewise, Liberty State Grand Prix sounds good.

    One of the obvious suggestions for the race is reviving the United States Grand Prix East. This name never actually existed; the United States Grand Prix was traditionally the United States Grand Prix East. Still, I think it’s a little bland.

    Names like the New York Grand Prix or the Manhattan Grand Prix are much stronger, but since the race isn’t actually in New York City, the name isn’t appropriate.

    One of the big things we do here in Australia is the recognition of traditional land owners; if a race was held in my home district, it would be called the Dharawal Grand Prix. The New Jersey/New York area has traditionally been known as Lenapehoking, and the dialect is Algonquin, so I could see the race known as Lenapehoking Grand Prix or the Algonquin Grand Prix (though since I don’t really know what the stance on Native American land recogition is, this might be a controversial choice).

    But I think the name I like the most is the Atlantic Grand Prix. I see it as being like the old Pacific Grand Prix. “Atlantic Grand Prix” is a strong name, but neutral – it doesn’t really commit to any one state or county or people.

    • gabal (@gabal) said on 22nd October 2011, 11:39

      I think USA East Grand Prix and Atlantic Grand Prix are most probable names but Abu Dhabi sets a precedent for Grand Prix being named after city as well. I hope we’ll see this race, it could mean a lot to F1 to get a strong foothold in USA. It would be great if locals would embrace the race the way it is embraced in Montreal for example.
      Of course, having a local in a fast car would always help…

    • Alehud42 (@alehud42) said on 22nd October 2011, 11:52

      Yes, but the San Marino Grand Prix was in Italy so I think calling it the New York Grand Prix is justified.

    • Dave (@davea86) said on 22nd October 2011, 13:21

      Yeah I like the sound of the Atlantic Grand Prix. Atlantic GP by day, Atlantic City by night.

    • Lindsay Lohan is my girlfriend (@lindsay-lohan-is-my-girlfriend) said on 22nd October 2011, 19:20

      as the austin gp obviously is called Grand Prix Of The Americas, this woul make the new jersey one the United States Grand Prix

    • Journeyer (@journeyer) said on 23rd October 2011, 2:32

      In the past, when there were 2 races in the US, they went with US-East and US-West. So I can easily these becoming – “United States – East Grand Prix” and “United States – West Grand Prix”.

      But logistically, I can see this becoming the United States Grand Prix as this is a privately-funded event. What does that have to do with anything? The race at Austin is (at least to some extent) publicly funded by the state of Texas, so they may actually prefer to be called the Texas Grand Prix. That state is bigger than NY AND NJ combined, anyway. Hehe.

      Oh, and I’m surprised no one has suggested, “The Weehawken Grand Prix”. Hahaha!

  15. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 22nd October 2011, 11:42

    This is great! Uber simple track layout, and what I can imagine is a truly unique backdrop. Which makes a change. I wasn’t taking this too seriously but now it looks like it might actually happen.

    • electrolite (@electrolite) said on 22nd October 2011, 11:51

      In addition, we can already identify names for certain corners…like Donnely, Bulls/Jacob, Old Glory. Let’s hope though that in each of the straights they don’t stick an ugly chicane.

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