• Jul 12, 2007
It looks like there won't be any United States Grand Prix (USGP) next year, at least not at Indy. According to all of the reports we've read, the 2008 Formula One schedule won't have a slot for a United States Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After eight years of races at the Speedway, the FIA and Tony George apparently couldn't reach an agreement for future GPs at Indy. It seems F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone made some less-than-flattering comments about the event following the June race this year, and July 12 was the deadline IMS had set for a decision on future races. The two parties had been on a one-year extension of the prior contract, but it looks like there will be no extension this time around. There is still some remote hope that an agreement could come in the future, but even if Indy fails to secure a new race, Vegas and New York have been mentioned as possible future USGP locations. No info on those developments has surfaced yet.

Thanks for the numerous tips, everybody!

[Source: Autoweek]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      As a European, I personally really like the US GP track, particularly the long banked turn into the home straight. Sure the infield section is a bit slow at some points, but I love seeing those cars fly around the banking, slip streaming off each other and going into a huge braking duel. I don't think any of the current tracks offer as much overtaking opportunities as the US track. I would miss it very much if it went away.
      mat parker
      • 7 Years Ago
      Daytona?
      Laguna Seca?
      • 7 Years Ago
      There's Ecclestone supporters & George supporters... I wish both were in some other industry. They're both the biggest a*holes in motorsports today. Two prima donnas sucking money from everyone while doing absolutely nothing except screw up everything they touch. I seriously doubt the speedway will ever remotely approach the heights it obtained in the years before George decided to play dictator. I'll previously attended 6 races there & had a great time... I'll never go back there unless George is gone. And Ecclestone? Absolutely the biggest prick in the industry. Every other thing you read about him and his flapping mouth make you want to drive some of the car transports up his ass. He can run his circus in Iraq for all I care. Maybe the local folks would be more his kind of idiots!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it will be a very long time before you see F1 back in the U.S. Vegas is not going to happen and there is no other track that is capable of handling a F1 race without major modifications. Indianapolis is the only choice right now.

      I would have never thought Formula 1 would have another street race but now they are adding 2 more with Valencia, Spain and Shanghai coming on board next year.
      • 7 Years Ago
      move it to Watkins Glen please :D
      • 7 Years Ago
      though i am completely behind Tony George on this one, i feel like what's done is done. now, let's bring talks of that race on the Vegas strip back into the discussion. that would be a sight to behold, wouldnt it? F1 cars screeching down the strip between hotels on either side. wowowow!
      • 7 Years Ago
      So what? MotoGP is coming to Indy..real racing, real passing, and no prima donna drivers.

      Go Nicky!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Andrew, you said it for me. Bye bye Bernie.
      • 7 Years Ago
      proof that at the end of the day tony and bernie only really care about the cash cow that the top racing series have become. shame on both for not coming to a resolution that keeps the race at indy. i have been to 4 indy f1 races. great track, great organization, great people. but lets not forget that at the end of the day, these guys are all about money. hopefully they will come to their senses and make a deal. otherwise i have to go with the opinion that they are both greedy aholes that have given up on the sproting aspect a LONG TIME ago...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Same game, different ball field.

      Bernie has played this game over and over for years. He's jerked around everyone, including the British GP in recent years. Yeah, F1, which is mostly a UK based racing series, would not have a race in Britain back in 2005 if Bernie couldn't find a way to extort more $$$ out of the BRDC.

      The real question is, will Bernie be able to play Tony George the same way he plays everyone else around the world?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I guess Ecclestone is the bigger pr#$k but will this be another American racing debacle that George has been a part of. Like when real racers quit participating in the 500 and the dissolution of well funded and talented open wheel racing in the US.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If this is true, I will miss the USGP. I attended this years event, my first F1 race, and had an incredible time. An F1 race is something every race fan should have an opportunity to experience, but it looks like that will become harder for U.S. fans now.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It would be nice to see F1 at The Glen or Lime Rock.
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