Plans for an F1 race on the streets of New Jersey were formally announced today.
To be known as the Grand Prix of America, the race will be held on roads around Port Imperial in the towns of Weehawken and West New York.
The race will run for the first time in June 2013, and as with Austin, there is a 10-year-deal.
The 3.2 mile track, which features some interesting elevation changes, will be built by Hermann Tilke.
As revealed here in August, the man behind the race is TV executive and sometime sportscar racer Leo Hindery.
His father-in-law, legendary US promoter Humpy Wheeler, is also involved.
F1 sponsor UBS is among the companies to have a base in Weehawken.
Austin’s Tavo Hellmund has offered his support: “I want to extend my congratulations to Leo and his team, as I know how much work they have put into making this happen. When I walked the site a few years ago, the site’s potential was obvious. I am excited for the East Coast and feel Tuesday’s announcement is yet another acknowledgement of the viability, fan interest, economic benefits and prestige an F1 Grand Prix event brings to a region.
“New Jersey and Texas, nearly 2,000 miles apart, offer unique and very different fan experiences destined to not only raise the visibility of the sport in this country, but also increase the global attraction and US support of these world-class events. These two regions are going to be terrific backdrops for the world’s most advanced form of racing.”
For more background see my story of August 3: