The event did hold a place on the FIA’s provisional F1 calendar as part of a triple-header with Monaco and Canada, creating a logistical headache for the teams. However, the sport’s governing body released the final calendar for 2014 today and omitted New Jersey, meaning that the race had been postponed for a second time after initially planning to debut in 2013. Nevertheless, the organisers remain as determined as ever for the race to go ahead in 2015.
“Our entire management team and our supporters in New Jersey, New York and throughout the Formula One community obviously want to see the inaugural Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial take place as soon as possible,” executive chairman Leo Hindery Jr. said. “Bringing a world-class race to the world’s largest media market is a huge undertaking that has required balancing construction of our road course, without tapping any public money, with the sport’s own timing demands.
“I want to thank Formula One Management, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Mayors Richard Turner and Felix Roque, Roseland Property Company and the other local property owners involved for their patience while we’ve worked to get this right so that we can finally go racing in 2015.”
Holding a race in the New York area has been a long-standing desire of Bernie Ecclestone, and the CEO of Formula One Management is confident that the grand prix will finally go ahead in 2015.
“There is great demand for a race in New Jersey and I have no doubt we’ll be racing at Port Imperial in 2015,” Ecclestone explained. “New races can take many years to get started, but there is significant momentum and we are close to realising a New York City F1 race.”
Although missing out on the calendar for a second consecutive year may come as a big blow to everyone at GP America, the fire and desire to hold a race burns as brightly as ever. So long as the sport wants to make it happen, New Jersey will never be off the table.
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