Jersey City submits proposal to host F1 grand prix in Liberty State Park [UPDATE]
If you read our recent report on the prospect for a Formula One race against a Manhattan backdrop and thought, That'll be the day, well...that day may be coming sooner than you think. Destination Jersey City has submitted plans to build a racing circuit to host the United States Grand Prix in Liberty Park.
Now we know, Jersey's not New York, but before you go dismissing the Garden State and it's (stereotype alert) Firebird-driving, wifebeater-wearing, Miller-swilling, Bon Jovi-blasting residents, consider that Liberty Park is the gateway to both Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, two of the New York harbor's most iconic landmarks, and offers spectacular views of the Big Apple across the river. And notwithstanding that Shell commercial (awesome as it was), closing down Manhattan city streets so a few F1 cars can run laps through Times Square would be practically unfeasible.
So what does Jersey City have in mind? A 3.6-mile circuit that could be ready as soon as 2012. Developers are seeking a five-year contract to bring Bernie Ecclestone's dream to fruition. A group of citizens is already raising its voice in opposition to the proposal, fearing that the state park will be forever transformed into a racing venue. But even they'll likely go along if the state puts on a free Springsteen concert or two at the site. Hey, the Boss is the Boss.
*Update: Apparently, the proposal was nixed by the major of New Jersey less than 24 hours after it was unveiled. So... there goes that idea.