• May 4, 2010
If you can't bring America to Formula One, then they'll bring Formula One back to America. So while the USF1 effort may have tanked, reports are mounting over the return of the United States Grand Prix to the F1 calendar.

In the absence of the American round of the world championship, companies participating in the series – whether as sponsor, constructor or engine supplier – have been clamoring for a return to the largest automotive market in the world. Bernie Ecclestone is reportedly on board, working up a plan to place a race near New York City. But without the support of an American racing heavyweight – say, maybe...Tony George, for example – the project seemed doomed.

Anyone who even remotely follows IndyCar racing will instantly recognize the name Tony George. As head of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he led the split that formed the Champ Car World Series and the Indy Racing League, and then fostered its re-merger. He was also responsible for bringing the USGP to Indy. But he's since been ousted from leading both the league and the speedway, shutting down his own IRL team in the aftermath.

Now it appears George – recently spotted in Shanghai as Ecclestone's guest at the Chinese Grand Prix – could be integral to efforts to re-start the USGP. But it may not even be held at Indy, the iconic facility where he still owns part stake. With his strong ties in the American racing scene, George has the connections to make it happen anywhere, coast to coast. In fact reports suggest that we could see multiple F1 races taking place in the United States, with a potential return to the East Coast, West Coast races held decades ago. Sound ambitious? Most definitely. But as many races as are currently packed into the calendar, Bernie isn't showing any signs of slowing down – saying the series could accommodate as many as 25 in a year – and if anyone can make it happen, it's Tony George.

[Source: ESPN | Image: Carey Akin/CC2.0]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Have to ask as well, why the love for TG, the guy is an idiot. He needs to be kept as far away from the sport as he can be so he can't mess it up any more than he already has. He will go down in history as the man who killed the Indy 500.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree with the idea of Laguna Seca. The West Coast has not had a GP in ages. The Monterey area is a great area filled with auto enthusiasts. Just look at the automotive weekend in August with Pebble Beach, Historic Races, and many other great events.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anywhere but Indy please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jersey city.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      George will be involved in anything that has the name United States Grand Prix attached to it since he signed a deal with FOM way back that says he will be involved no matter the location in the US.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "...if anyone can make it happen, it's Tony George."

      What's with the Tony George ass kissing? If TG was that capable, why did the USGP at Indy come to an end? If TG was that well connected, why has nothing happened in the past 3 years? We all know he's been trying and all we saw was him losing power.

      As for the new USGP, it most definitely will be a street race, since none of the circuits in the US is up to Bernie's standards (except for Indy of course).
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have really come to like this site since I found it here a few weeks ago, but from time to time find myself a little disappointed with the way certain stories are written. Almost as though they are trying to get into someones good graces or impress a certain reader. This story immediately read that way to me.

      Tony George is almost everything that is wrong with open wheel racing in America. As I have heard from many people who had very close ties with IRL and now the Indy Car series, Tony George is the dumbest rich man in America. This is the man who single handedly tore apart the old indy car series when it was at one of the strongest points in its history. This is the man who has made the Indy 500 the most forgettable spectacle in motorsports. This is the same guy who remodeled the most storied motorsports facility in the world, and then couldn't even keep the world's premier racing series there for a whole decade.

      Tony George is a clown. Saying that if there was anyone who could get this deal done it would be Tony George is either a shot at trying to get into someone's good graces, or a statement about something the writer of the article has no knowledge of. If there is anything Tony George will do, it's going to be the absolute wrong thing.

      As to the point of a USGP (or 2 for that matter), I would love to see it and America deserves to have one. Laguna would be a beautiful track, although the facilites around the course are lacking for the F1 crowd. Infineon would also be a beautiful venue, although with that as well I feel there would have to be major infrastructure development before they could hold a GP. I do agree with many of the people who previously posted though. I think it will have to be a street race. It just draws more attention and fanfare when you have to shut down the streets of a major city for a week, and we all know that Bernie and the F1 guys want as much fanfare as possible. I could easily see something done in Las Vegas, NYC or Miami Beach.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes, please.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd like to see a race open equally to both coasts. Have it at Kansas Speedway where IRL was at recently.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wouldn't mind for Formula 1 to fully return to North America. We in Canada got our Montreal back, I'd love to see America get its Grand Prix back
      • 4 Years Ago
      Will they put it around Giants Stadium so people can look at that sloping structure and wonder what it is??
      Since there's no use for the basketball/hockey arena, I'm sure they would want more traffic to the area.

      Problem is, it will take 20 years to build and be making as much profit as Xanadu.

      JC sounds cool, but I dobt it will pass with the greenies. Maybe if the golf couse wasn't there. Maybe take up space on one of the landfills in NJ or Staten Island.

      Either way, I would love to have a track nearby, miss the days of the Meadowlands Grand Prix.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I watched the Toyota pro/celebrity race this afternoon. It kills me to say this, but eventually, I couldn't deny it: watching that was more fun than watching Formula One. (I'm not the biggest F1 fan, but I enjoy it and consider myself a follower and certainly know more than the average American on the topic.)

      Maybe most will disagree with me on this, but the way I see it, something big needs to change. An American GP would be a nice start. If it also eventually includes turbo four-bangers, then so be it, but I'm quickly getting tired of the current series.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jersey City or Baltimore Inner Harbor would be great for East Coast

      Thank God Montreal is back!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The last sentence should read if anyone can royaly screw this up, it's Tony George.
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