• Mar 17, 2010
During the Bahrain Grand Prix last weekend, Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone was quoted as saying that a return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was under consideration. Not so fast, say spokesmen for the speedway, who say that while the facility is interested in bringing the U.S. Grand Prix back, talks are not currently taking place.

Since the first "American Grand Prize" was held in 1908, the United States Grand Prix has been staged at a wide variety of locations across the country, including Savannah, Milwaukee, Santa Monica, San Francisco, Riverside, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Phoenix, to say nothing of the individual races in Long Beach, Las Vegas, Detroit and Dallas, or the years when the Indy 500 counted towards the Formula One World Championship. But in between, there have been huge gaps: the race was not held between 1917 and 1957, 1981-'88 or 1992-'99.

After eight races held at Indianapolis between 2000 and 2007 – including a dismal showing in 2005 when Michelin boycotted the event leaving six cars on the grid – the race has been off the calendar for the past three years running. Automakers still competing in the series (following the recent withdrawals of Honda, Toyota and BMW) have been clamoring for a return, as have American racing fans, among them a good portion of the Autoblog team.

[Source: ESPN]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Uh, no U.S GP from 1981 to 1988?

      How about races in Long Beach, Las Vegas, Dallas and Detroit, sometimes with two or even three US GPs in a single year?

      Come on, guys, I realize you're younger than most of us but you don't even have to remember it, Wikipedia is there for you.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1982_Formula_One_season
      danhawk911
      • 4 Years Ago
      the nascar fan in me says use the road course at daytona
      • 4 Years Ago
      FYI the USGP at Indy was consistently the best attended race on the circuit. I went there 6 straight years (Stand J!) and never failed to have a great time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        opps! I meant best attend race on the F1 calendar.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Having gone to half of the Indy USGPs, including the Michelin fiasco, I for one hope this isn't true and then some other much more appropriate location is chosen other than Indy. It just doesn't work for either party: F1 cars look silly on the oval banking, and they don't follow closely enough to conduct any passing that ovals are known for. Not only that, but the race is held clockwise, which makes your head hurt, if you are even vaguely familiar with Indy.

      Please Bernie, please, find a 'real' FI location, not Indy!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you think Formula 1 is Formula "snooze" you might want to actually watch one or know something about it. It is considered in every country besides the US to be THE number one racing championship. They make all turns, left right or whatever. This isnt nascar. Its actually GOOD racing. No circles, its all good tracks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @RX-8: The fact that you are sick of that argument does not make it any less relevant.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Formula 1 usually is a snooze fest and I did watch on Sunday. One pass for the lead and it was due to mechanical issues.

        And I am sick of the left turn argument. Seriously think of something else. You know what NASCAR has the F1 doesn't. Passing. And passing is much more exciting than right turns.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ALMS > F1

        FIA GT > F1

        MotoGP > F1

        FIM WSBK > F1

        that said, the USGP should make a comeback.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @erik1080

        someone who doesn't watch NASCAR shouldn't comment on the sport period. i mean if you did watch it, you would see for the past 4 decades, that aero has been one of the cornerstones.

        again, next time when you decide to comment on NASCAR, please research a little.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @RX-8 No one denies that Bahrain GP is boring. It's ALWAYS boring. By the way, you must've missed the beginning when Alonso passed Massa for 2nd.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Yaroukh

        the fact that you fail at being a troll explains a lot...

        there's not been one comment section where i have seen you make a positive comment.
        • 4 Years Ago
        To me, Formula One is just not about the overtaking, it is about tire strategy, finding the quick line, and most importantly, the technology! The entire engineering prospect of the sport is mind boggling and amazing, especially when compared to NASCAR! I'm pretty sure the word "aerodynamics" is not in NASCAR's vocabulary. Nor are the words "7 speed gearbox with 18000 RPM engine."
      • 4 Years Ago
      I vote Road America. Let the snobs live like us lot for a week without having their ass wiped on command. So what it's 'not up to F1 standards'. Lower them for one week and have a kick ass time at a race and enjoy the simple pleasure of racing rather than bitch about facilities. There is more to racing than having fresh paint and fancy stripes painted on the walls.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The right track is Road America, unfortunately the surrounding infrastructures are not up for F1 events. The track itself can be put to FIA standards, but the demands of the F1 elite could not be met. That is too bad F1 can't run at American's Spa.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope they come back. I really liked going to those events.
      The 'girls' they have with the teams, ooolalaaaaaaaaaa
      • 4 Years Ago
      Was at Indy for every F1 race. Had a great time every year including the 6 car parade. Indy is a great town with plenty to do in the evenings. I still recall the year Montoya was in the hunt for the points lead. So many beautiful Columbian women....so many....
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought Bernie was all bothered to run Las Vegas at night.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Add to my above post^^
      Indy is the wrong track. Laguna Seca is the right track
        • 4 Years Ago
        I do realize that Laguna Seca would never work, but one could only dream
        • 4 Years Ago
        While Laguna Seca is admittedly a great track, it's located on one side of the US. Indy is as centrally located as it can get thus it's more accessible to both coasts.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Laguna is the right track in the wrong part of California, it's hard enough finding a hotel room when Historics are in town let alone an F1 race.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Zonta did well enough to break the record there. In the slow ass Toyota no less. Get a McLaren, RB6 or a Ferrari and it'll be even lower.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The facilities at Laguna Seca are too dated. And there isn't enough space to generate the revenue necessary for Bernie Ecclestone to care.

        @ray Wrong. Toyota's were never slow. Toyota had one of the strongest cars out there but they had no reliability and they never had a good driver.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wish. Laguna Seca would never work and the neighbors are not working hard to destroy the track altogether. It would require at least $100 million of investment AND some kind of strategic agreement with the local authorities and residents.

        Will. Never. Happen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they only make left hand turns, whats the point.
        • 4 Years Ago
        you don't watch F1 much do you?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The old F1 track is in light gray on that map, so yes, what's the point of making left hand turns...since you'd be off the course pretty quickly (starting with turn 1).

        While there may be better tracks for the race, Indy was better for attendance. The course seemed to be created to maximize the number of grandstands they could use, at the expense of the course. We all know money was the reason the race is no longer there, and there would be issues raising revenues at other spread out courses.

        I actually thought they had a good thing going running the Canadian and US races a week or two apart, giving our friends across the pond a decent excuse to spend two weeks over here.

        If it does come back to Indy, the golf holes inside the track need to be replaced with more turns for F1/MotoGP races.
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