• May 5, 2010

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.


[Source: Autosport]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      lol, "mayor of New Jersey?"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tree huggers win again. Damn. I know it's not as attractive a location but I'd love for there to be a grand prix here in Atlanta. I know I'd be going. I'd also probably be one of the only ones though... stupid NASCAR.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, Noah, tell us how you really feel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When I grow up I hope to become the "major of New Jersey" so I can make this happen
        • 4 Years Ago
        I thought that was odd, too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "nixed by the major of New Jersey?"

      Jesus, before you make fun of a state and its residents, get your facts straight and check your grammar. You are, after all, paid to write and to inform.
        • 4 Years Ago
        wow isn't GML a brat. for the record, he's not from Jersey (i hope). thanks for the post tho, it was very relevant to the topic at hand.

        I think this would be awesome, Hopefully Governor Christie could see this for possible revenue, and pressure Jersey City into doing it
        • 4 Years Ago
        These writer dudes don't bother to check anything; they just type.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe he was in the army before he became mayor...Mayor Major
      • 4 Years Ago
      That would be a great spot for a race. Too bad the Mayor isn't an F1 fan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this idea was pretty much killed by the hippies over @ jclist.com. I live in Jersey City, and would have loved to see this happen. Oh well.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      now that the Liberty State Park idea has been killed, let's continue dreaming about hosting the USGP at an established race track

      i vote for VIR, watching F1 cars climbing the uphill essess would just be full of win
      • 4 Years Ago
      Exactly who is "the major of New Jersey" ?
      • 4 Years Ago
      @ Joe post number 11, great points. and i love your avatar there, flying fish ROCKS.

      as for my view. I think the mayor of Jersey City is out of his mind. Think of the MILLIONS of dollars that this state is in need of that F1 would bring. they should be BEGGING F1 to come in. i know there is a huge up front investment, but it would be awesome. think about barber motorsports park in north jersey, nice hills, great natural environment. and isnt f1 going to green fuel?

      i must say though if they somehow convinced NJMP to host the race, it would be one of the greatest days in my life.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I went to high school within walking distance of Liberty State Park. That is a beautiful part of the state and the view of NYC is unbelieveable.
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