2013 Formula 1 Grand Prix of America/New Jersey/New York?!

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Formula One, the richest and most popular form of international motorsport, is coming to Greater New York in 2013.

According to two people familiar with the matter, the London-based racing circuit will announce next week that the Formula One Grand Prix of America will take place in June 2013 on a road course mapped out in Weehawken and West New York along the Hudson River?against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.

Formula One has scheduled a press conference at Port Imperial in Weehawken Tuesday, where the announcement is expected to be made.
Full article http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204618704576645651553992120.html

Fact or fiction? We find out for sure Tuesday (I believe SPEED is covering it live at 2pm.)
 

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http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/95596

Formula 1 set to add second US race on streets of New Jersey from 2013

Formula 1 is set to have two grands prix in the United States from 2013, with plans for a race around the streets of New Jersey expected to be confirmed as early as next week.

Although F1 is returning to the US for the first time next year with an event in Austin, Texas, Bernie Ecclestone has made no secret of the fact that he would like another event in the country - with his preferred location being New York.

Ecclestone told AUTOSPORT last year: "It's happening. We are talking to them and trying to do our best. Let's see what happens."

High level sources have revealed that the plans have now reached fruition, and an announcement is expected to be made by New Jersey governor Chris Christie and other local politicians next week.

It is understood that the New Jersey GP will take place in June 2013, so it can be a back-to-back race with Canada, which will then leave the Austin event to keep its place at the tail end of the schedule to tie up with the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Last year, the Mayors of Weehawken and West New York revealed that they were in the preliminary stages of talks with a group of investors, led by former YES TV Network executive Leo Hindery Jr, to hold a grand prix in the area from as early as 2013.

It is not confirmed where the track will be, but it is likely to run along the banks of the Hudson River - using the waterfront and the iconic Manhattan skyline as a backdrop.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday that a press conference has been scheduled at Port Imperial in Weehawken for next Tuesday, where an announcement could be made.
Something else from Autoweek.

The effort to bring the race to a temporary street-circuit in Weehawken and West New York in New Jersey is headed by gentleman racer Leo Hindery Jr., who is the former head of the YES network, and who is married to Speed TV executive Patti Wheeler, daughter of former Speedway Motorsports Inc. executive and legendary promoter Humpy Wheeler.
 

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Oh dear lord, with all respect to americans, I really hope not. Another street circuit in a flat location? Pass, pass so hard.
 

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I don't mind if it's an actual street circuit and not some halfassed bastardization like Valencia.
 

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That's like a very thin and stretched out version of Long Beach, but it has the potential to be quite boring, I think..
 

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Looks like an elongated and squished version of the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve and from what I could tell (on Jalopnik) there is a hefty elevation change through the forested area. The only downside from what I've also read is that it passes near a sewage treatment plant...glamorous, no?
 

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uggh....all the cool places in the US, and they had to pick New Jersey?
 

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The layout I don't have too much of a problem with, but the location seems so on-F1 ish. Instead of Casino and Swimming pool, we'll have Ben & Jerry's and Brown Apartments.
 

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The reason they'll do a New York GP instead of using any other American track, is the commercial exploitation options available. New York is the city most recognizable to non-mericans. That means foreign sponsors will pay more. That means a higher international TV audience, which means the TV networks will pay more to cover it. That means a higher revenue for the teams when the revenue split comes around.

Really, the track is nowhere near the top of the list of reasons to hold a GP in x, y or z location.
 

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I think at the end of the day we all want races to be held in places where people appreciate motor sports and the USA is one of them. The races have a nicer atmosphere and it generally results in better racing. Places where F1 is obscure is a waste of money and a shame in my opinion. I hate seeing all these new Tilke tracks with the huge grandstands and paddocks which are all empty and absolutely soulless. I am glad that more races are being bought to places where racing has always been traditionally strong.
I do think F1 should consider a new race in South America, maybe Argentina or Mexico even though its not really South America.
 

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a lap around what might be the layout

[video=youtube;-vONPFPaOIY]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-vONPFPaOIY#![/video]
should've attached the camera to the other side of the car!

http://jalopnik.com/5853106/
 

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I know which US track I want to see them race. Too bad they fear the cork screw. :p
 
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