The prospect of having two Formula 1 races in the United States as early as 2013 stalled on Tuesday (April 17) when Bernie Ecclestone cast doubts about a race being held in New Jersey next year.
The F1 boss is quoted in BBC Sport saying “It’s a when – 2013 or 2014,” regarding a race to be known as the Grand Prix of America. That event was tentatively being scheduled to take place in June 2013 on a street course on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River and with a backdrop of New York City. The question remains whether a circuit could be ready in time.
For the time being, one American race is on the Formula 1 calendar. The United States Grand Prix is scheduled to run in Texas on Nov. 18. The city of Austin was awarded a 10-year contract by Formula 1, in May 2010, to run the race at the Circuit of The Americas (CoTA), a brand new motor sports facility under construction. But that too has been come into question as concerns linger on whether the track will be finished on time. Something emphatically denied by circuit officials and race organizers.
“I want to thank and commend Bobby Epstein for getting us across the finish line. Bobby’s perseverance and leadership kept the project on track despite unfair and unfounded criticism,” Red McCombs, founding partner of Circuit of The Americas, stated on the United States Grand Prix website in December. Most recently, the CoTA website announced that a major step toward the completion of the track had been taken this week.
The history of grand prix racing in the United States dates back to 1908. In total, 41 United States Grand Prix races have been disputed at various locations across the country, most notably at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) from 1961 to 1980 and from 2000 to 2007 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.