Keke Rosberg, Williams, Detroit, 1985

New Jersey confirms 2013 F1 street race plans

2013 F1 calendarPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Keke Rosberg, Williams, Detroit, 1985
Keke Rosberg on his way to victory at Detroit in 1985

Plans for a second Grand Prix in the United States of America were formally announced today.

A street race at New Jersey will join the F1 calendar in 2013 with the title Grand Prix of America.

It will join the Unites States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas which is due to join the calendar next year. It will potentially increase the number of races on the F1 calendar in 2013 to 21.

The event organisers confirmed a ten-year deal to hold the race and revealed the revised 5.15km (3.2 mile) clockwise street circuit:

The USA last held two F1 races in 1984, when street races in Detroit and Dallas were held within two weeks of each other.

F1 in New York

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  1. I wonder if we could get the USA National anthem as “sung” by an F1 engine a la

    …o’re the land of the Freeee… Bouncing off 18k rev limiter… epic

  2. I’m sorry, I just can’t get excited at the prospect of another race in a country that F1 doesn’t really belong in, while we’re having races come in from Korea, India, Russia, Argentina, South Africa and all the others..

    There is only 1 exciting street circuit. Valencia isn’t a street circuit, and Singapore only has the backdrop to it’s credit. No street circuit can rival Monaco, so why bother?

    1. @KeeleyObsessed We’ve had American world champions, American race winners and 52 rounds of the world championship in America. The second largest group of F1 Fanatic users by nationality is American.

      If F1 doesn’t belong in America, then where does it belong?

      1. @KeeleyObsessed Basically, what Keith said.

        I’m all for F1 expanding to new countries, as long as there is genuine enthusiasm for F1 there and we don’t lose too many of the tradition nations that have a rich F1 heritage as a result.

        The USA clearly deserves a race because of its rich F1 heritage. Your argument about another street circuit is a lot more legitimate, I feel, but nothing’s ever going to replace Monaco so I’m happy to have further street circuits compliment it on the calendar as long as they are good, exciting tracks.

      2. But having a second race in America just doesn’t make sense.. F1 is supposed to be a GLOBAL sport, (Yes, I’m disappointed about the 2 Spanish GPs aswell, even calling Valencia the ‘European GP’ doesn’t change anything in my view)

        The last American driver was Scott Speed, who I believe raced for Toro Rosso in his last season (2006? Or 2007?) and didn’t particularly cause much of a stir in the same way as Kobayashi/Sato for Japan or even Petrov for Russia.

        The Texas GP is brilliant to bring F1 to the US, but we don’t need another one in NY. Particularly with all these new races coming in recently, and in the near future..

        1. Not used these @ tags before… Urrm..


          Gotta hope that works…

      3. I am of the belief that F1 belongs where the fans are but FOM are of the belief that F1 belongs where the money is. If the rumors are true and we are about to lose Belgium to a sharing agreement with France then this is absolutely tragic.

        1. @MJRoberts55 Nor do I wish to lose Spa but I’m not blaming New Jersey for it (however repugnant that MTV programme is).

    2. Yes, please, I second Keith’s question: I’m anxious to be enlightened as to where F1 does belong.

    3. Chris Goldsmith
      26th October 2011, 17:11

      There are plenty of places which could create street circuits to rival Monaco. Maybe not in exactly the same ways as Monaco, but in terms of sheer spectacle. Imagine a Tokyo night race bathed in neon, or a London race against a backdrop of the houses of parliament and buckingham palace. Plenty of places can deliver lots which races like Monaco can’t – close wheel to wheel races being one of them. F1 is about technology, and about the future, at least as much as it is about the past. What makes racing better than so many other sports is that the venue is always different, and always presenting a new challenge.

      F1 belongs anywhere there’s a circuit which is technically demanding, produces good racing, and there’s enough of a demand to fill the grandstands. Why does F1 belong in North America? Because for all the sponsors, and all the factory-backed manufacturers, North America is one of the biggest commercial markets for them. If the sponsors see a good return, then that’s ultimately what keeps the sport going. And that can never ever be bad for F1.

      1. It’s impossible to create anything that could rival a track like Monaco or Spa, these circuits are illegal by modern FIA standards for new circuits.

        1. Chris Goldsmith
          26th October 2011, 17:23

          In the case of Monaco, you may have a point – nobody is going to approve a race in such a tight, twisting area where you can get very few spectators. Monaco’s popularity is about 70% down to nostalgia factor. Every year Monaco serves up a predictable race where the person on pole almost always wins, and drivers sit frustrated behind slower cars with no chance to pass. Of course, there’s always the close proximity of the barriers, and there is something to be said for the sight of a top driver like Hamilton or Kubica wringing everything out of their car, dancing the rear wnd through the turns and leaving the tyre logo plastered on the barriers, but we tolerate the processional racing because, well, it’s Monaco isn’t it!

          Spa on the other hand, I can’t see any reason why there would be any problem building another Spa. The characteristics of tracks like Spa or Monza aren’t the flavour of the day in terms of track design, with more thought being given to maximising the spectator areas than seeing how fast the cars can go, but Spa does comply with all modern requirements in terms of runoff areas and safety. The only reason they don’t make more like that is because it’s an old fashioned track which doesn’t fit with the current vision of the future of F1. I don’t agree with that, personally, and would rather have a season of five Spas than a hundred Bahrains, but that’s the way it is. Sadly.

      2. F1 doesn’t belong to the US any more than it belongs to the UK, Australia, Korea, India or Zimbabwe.. No country should have more than 1 GP.. Regardless of money or the power it can wield over the rest of the world..

        I’d love F1 to return to Brands Hatch, as it’s a lovely track and it’s easier for me to get to. But if they announce tomorrow that there will be a 2nd British GP at Brands Hatch to be held alongside Silverstone then I’ll react in the exact same way.

        1. Chris Goldsmith
          26th October 2011, 17:29

          But why? That’s what I don’t understand about what you’re saying. Why are you saying it’s more valid for F1 to go to some Emirate state where there will be no more than a couple of hundred people in the grandstands, who lose interest after the first race, than to put races in places where there will be thousands of eager fans who will come back year after year?

          F1 should be anywhere that there’s a passion for the top level of motorsport which is sustainable for years. That’s the US in a nutshell. And it’s a big enough place that you can have two different races with totally distinct venues with their own unique atmosphere, their own type of fans, hell even their own time zones. North America is huge. Huge country, huge market, huge fans.

    4. @keeleyobsessed how you dare naming Argentina as one of those places F1 doesn’t belong to?

      Just shows what your saying lacks any kind of logic and common sense. Argentina, as USA, belongs to F1

      1. @Fer-no.65 No country has the right to have 2 GPs in their country. Whether it’s America, Spain, or any country. I merely picked out a few examples.

        My point is that if a country has 1 GP, it shouldn’t try and get another. If they were to alternate it between circuits (much like Germany has) then I’d be fine with it, but having 2 GPs in the same country is just wrong in my opinion.

        When it comes to deciding which races will have to go, that’s an entirely different argument..

        1. @keeleyobsessed seems you changed your arguement then, because you said that “USA didn’t belong to F1”.

          I can agree with you about the “2 races in the same country” issue, tho.

  3. The only thing that matters is how much FOM are charging the promoters to host the event. The higher value the less successful this event will be. In an ideal world FOM would charge nothing, so the tickets could be dirt cheap but sadly we don’t live in that world.

  4. I only need to save US$10.00 a day for a year to be able to go to New Jersey! Yay for me!!!!! (This expecting the ticket wont cost me more than US$650)

  5. F1 belongs in America. At Watkins Glen.

  6. I’ve read only a few of the comments here and I must say to those who believe the USA don’t deserve an F1 race because there is no interest….well, let me tell you something: I’m from the USA and I’ve been an F1 fan since 1999. The F1 fanbase in the USA may not be as big as those in Europe, Asia, etc, but nevertheless, there are F1 fans in the USA.

    The USA was basically put to shame after the events of the 2005 USGP at Indy (which I attended) and many fans here wondered if F1 would ever come back to Indy or any other city after that year. We finally got our wish when the announcement came that F1 is coming back to the USA in Austin, Texas.

    Some fans say the USA doesn’t deserve a second race. Well, for now I have to agree. The USA has much to do to redeem themselves in F1 after the nightmare of a GP in 2005 and the disappointment of the USF1 team and we hope the redemption will start with the 2012 USGP.

    I think it was a very brave move from Bernie to establish 2 races in the USA now. I think he should have waited a few more years once Texas gets settled in and then decide if the USA is ready to host a 2nd race.

    I do hope both races are successful and we shall see what happens! And I don’t want to read another comment saying “There are no fans in F1!”. We are out there; just have to look a bit harder to find us! ;)

    1. Indy did come back to F1 after the 2005 disaster – in 2006. And the fans showed up too – tons of them. Bottom line is that there are plenty of “racing” fans across the US – enough to support both races in Texas and NJ.

      The Middle East and Asian countries have had their run of glory so to speak over the past 10 years or so – and all I see are empty grandstands everywhere.

      1. I didn’t attend the USGP in 2006, but I was there in 2007 and the crowd was not as strong as how it was when they first came to Indy.

  7. Small error in my post. Meant to say at the end “There are no F1 fans in the USA!” My bad!

  8. I reckon there are enough circuits of F1 standard now that we should have a two season rotation, with the ‘classic’ circuits (Silverstone, Monaco, Spa, Monza etc.) every year, and everything else on swapping every year. That way we still get to see soon-to-depart circuits like Turkey, and maybe some recently departed circuits like Imola and Magny Cours.

    1. Yep, I agree. Bring back Imola and Magny-Cours. I wish that the A1 Ring was still around…

      Nevertheless, this is exciting news. Bring F1 to USA!

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