• Apr 1, 2010
While the New York Auto Show is under way at the Javitz Center, on the opposite side of the globe the Big Apple came up in an entirely different context. Speaking with Italy's sports journal La Gazzetta dello Sport during this past weekend's Australian Grand Prix, Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone revealed that negotiations are underway to bring a grand prix to the New York area.

Rather than running through the streets of Manhattan as had previously been rumored, Ecclestone's plan calls for the race to take place on the opposite side of the Hudson River in New Jersey. The plan, according to Ecclestone, could come to fruition as soon as 2012.

The last time an F1 grand prix was contested in the United States was between 2000 and 2007 when it was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

[Source: Autosport | Image: geoftheref – CC 2.0]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      If this happens, consider my ticket purchase a given.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Ektor

        What if they decide to repave the entire course? New York might consider hosting the race if they get their streets done over for free.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Tony George has nothing to do with it anymore..
        • 4 Years Ago
        the meadowlands.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Throw, no they can just close off major streets that are very wide.

        I have been suggesting this idea for YEARS.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As a native New Yorker I have no idea where in North Jersey they could build a track. Are they going to run the race on the streets of Hoboken? This sounds like bernie trying to get more money out of IMS. Tony george Should give him the finger.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Guys, I don't think this is happening. It's very likely to be an April Fools joke. Making all of you April fools! :D

      ...Or at least, I really hope this is a joke. Please AB, tell me you're kidding.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this is just the usual bargaining gamesmanship from Ecclestone to make Indy's managers think they are competing for the event
      • 4 Years Ago
      I attended the Meadowlands Grand Prix in the 1980s and have missed its presence ever since. I would be among the first to purchase tickets for an F1 Meadowlands GP if it came together ...
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about NYC and NJ? F1 through the Lincoln tunnel. Woo-woo!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm saving my frequent flyer points for this
      • 4 Years Ago
      Are there many roads in that area that are smooth enough to run a F1 race on?

      Not sure F1 cars raised to 5 inches of ground clearance would work well but the sound of a screaming F1 engine is truly something to be experienced live, and after experiencing more than a few years of F1 in Montreal, I would be there in heart beat.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I once had the pleasure of hearing a new Audi R8 slamming through the gears in Midtown. I can only imagine the fun a spectator could have with Grand Prix cars.
      That fun would be short lived once the cars hit a pot hole at 150mph.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ya, actually it says they would NOT be running through Manhattan. Instead... Jersey... *shudder*
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm sure if it's close enough, we're going to be hearing it through all of the Upper West Side and Midtown.

        I used to live a few miles from Laguna Seca, and I could still hear the cars running sometimes from there on a nice clear day.
        • 4 Years Ago
        When the Detroit Grand Prix was downtown, it was awesome. The sounds of the cars echoing off the buildings was incredible. My Dad would take me nearly every year as a kid. When they moved it to Belle Isle it was OK, but not nearly as cool as running them down city streets in between high rises. Alas, that is no more.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds almost to good to be true! I hope it does happen because in my books the more F1 races the better and maybe just maybe I will be able to get there to see it live! I will be in Montreal (hopefully)
      • 4 Years Ago
      In Germany, we call that kind of news "April, April!".
      • 4 Years Ago
      This sounds like hokey rumouring to me. The Montreal GP has a multi year contract, and attracts many east coast Americans, from New York and other NE states. Why would Bernie cannibalize an already well served market, when the West Coast is under served?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Montreal is 375 miles from my home, Meadowlands is 15 miles away. I've never considered making the trek to Canada for an F1 race, but Meadowlands would be very convenient for me and the millions of others in the tri-state area.
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