The FIA World Motor Sport Council has blocked the June 14-15 date for next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours “to ensure that a Formula One Grand Prix is not hosted that weekend.”
Crucially that also means that the New Jersey F1 race won’t clash with the US Open, as that date was in theory one week after the Canadian GP, and thus the expected slot for the new event.
A clash would have created a problem for NBC – and potentially hit the level of corporate entertainment in New Jersey, since high rollers might prefer to take up invitations to the golf.
It remains to be seen how Bernie Ecclestone manages to squeeze New Jersey into the calendar. Monaco is scheduled for May 25, which will make it impossible to run the North American races on June 1 and 8. It could be that the June 8 and 22 dates are used instead – but that presents obvious logistical problems.