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Grand Prix of America - Port Imperial


This Tuesday, from a press conference on the shore of Weehawken New Jersey, the Grand Prix of America - Port Imperial was announced for the 2013 season.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, along with Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, West New Jersey Mayor Felix Roque, and Leo Hindery, founding chairman and promoter, unveiled plans for the race.

Austin F1 Fans Weigh In on "Grand Prix of America - Port Imperial"

Before yesterday's press conference on SPEED TV, we posed a question to our fans: What are your initial thoughts on adding an F1 race to the 2013 calendar in Weehawken and West New York, New Jersey?

It's an unscientific poll, but the majority of the respondents are in favor of an additional Formula One race in the United States because of the potential to grow the American fan base.

Tavo Hellmund, Founding Partner of Circuit of the Americas, on "Grand Prix of America"

In on-going Formula 1 US news, Circuit of the Americas™ promoter and Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ Chairman Tavo Hellmund issued the following statement in regards to the announcement of the Grand Prix of America - Port Imperial:

Tavo Hellmund“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.”

Official Statement from Circuit of The Americas on F1 Race in New Jersey

Steve SextonWhile watching the "GP of America at Port Imperial" press conference on Speed, which we will cover in detail shortly, we wanted to share this official statement from Circuit of the Americas:

"The announcement of a New Jersey-based Formula 1 race is great news for motor sports fans in North America. It will be a unique street course race and is yet another acknowledgment of the viability, demand, economic benefit and prestige a Grand Prix brings to a region. The New Jersey race also demonstrates F1's strong commitment to elevating awareness of the sport, which can only help build the fan base." - Steve Sexton, President of Circuit of the Americas 

 Here are some images from the Press Conference (unofficial):


Unofficial but Suggestive "2012 ‘New York Grand Prix’ plans" from 2010

I found this sketch of a possible street race circuit for a New Jersey/New York Grand Prix.

A draft "night race" in Liberty State ParkThis is from a 2010 blog post which shares an "official presentation document" for a "2012 United States Grand Prix - Jersey City." Obviously Circuit of the Americas and Full Throttle Productions, LP (Tavo's original entity as promoter) own the title rights to the race name "The Formula 1 United States Grand Prix". Although it is an unconfirmed and unofficial blog post, it did include some interesting facts which could have been used in pitching a New Jersey/New York Formula 1 race: