Racing fans eager for the return of Formula One racing may recall a proposal last year that would have seen a United States Grand Prix run in New Jersey, just across the Hudson from the Manhattan skyline.

The project went belly-up when local activists against turning Liberty State Park into a racing circuit pressured Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy to put an end to it. In its place – or so it seemed – the return of the U.S. Grand Prix was moved to Austin, Texas, where America's first purpose-built F1 circuit is currently being constructed. One might have assumed that the Austin project won out instead of the New Jersey one, but if the latest report from The Wall Street Journal is anything to go by, it may be too early to count the Garden State out of this particular race just yet.

A new proposal is reportedly being considered to hold an F1 race across the New Jersey townships of Weehawken and West New York, which would still provide the same spectacular backdrop and quick access to and from the city. The project's financial backers are reportedly adamant that the race and all its related expenses be privately funded and require that no tax dollars be diverted towards its orchestration.

If it were to go through, the race would potentially be held in addition to, and not instead of, the race in Texas. It wouldn't be the first time that the United States held two F1 races: parallel grands prix – dubbed East and West – were held at Watkins Glen and Long Beach in the 1970s, while additional races were held as well in Detroit, Dallas and Las Vegas in the 1980s.


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      trouble
      • 3 Years Ago
      I honestly think New Jersey hosting an F1 race would be awesome.. Having one of the largest cities in the country based just across the Hudson, and with so many international visitors already, and those living in the neighboring cities, I think this race in that location would be a sell out every year running. And while all other countries typically have one race per country, the size of the US could warrant two races, and the US could use a more upscale racing format especially here in the northeast. Last time I saw an F1 race was held at Indy track when they were running v10s, by time F1 comes back to the states they'll supposedly be running turbo 6's..
      third3ye82
      • 3 Years Ago
      As long as this doesn't replace Austin, the boys in NY/NJ can do whatever the want.
        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @third3ye82
        We'll make you a deal you can't understand....
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @third3ye82
        Hope you feel the same way after Bernie screws you. How many races has Bernie committed to giving this Austin facility? You know that once the initial agreement expires, he will be impossible to deal with. He'll ask a kings ransom to re-up the agreement, and you'll be left with a big, beautiful, empty facility.
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honestly, I don't ever see an F1 race being held near NY or NJ. The chances of that happening is as high as a F1 race in SF. Both would be absolutely amazing, but I highly doubt there's enough local support to counter the number of people who'd be against it. Hey F1, I'm thankful Texas is happening, but I'd be thrilled if a night Long Beach happened.
      husyk49486
      • 3 Years Ago
      Would be nice to attend an F1 race, only 4 drive one way fro MA.
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not gonna happen without some serious cash (and that's taxpayer cash, pal!) changing hands or being guaranteed to Bernie/F1.
      Brian Lara
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its already a very conjusted area, please take it to near meadowlands or newark area. There is a lot free space + easily accessible.
        Nathan Loiselle
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Brian Lara
        Newark? Are you mad? Did you learn nothing from Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle? Nothing??
          DrEvil
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Nathan Loiselle
          Have your punk ass ever been to Newark? Exactly what do you really know about Newark? You remind me of that idiot sports caster from ESPN who shot his mouth off, and Mayor Booker called him on it. After a visit, he went back to ESPN and apologized. Like every big city, Newark has its problems. However, I can walk in Newark anytime I choose, day or night. Punks / victims like you can't.
          DrEvil
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Nathan Loiselle
          Here you go, I hope you learn something: "Contrary to the plot of the movie, there is no White Castle located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. When the film was written, there was a White Castle in Pennsauken, NJ (a nearby town). Currently, the nearest White Castle is in Jersey City, New Jersey, which is actually about 15 minutes from where the movie begins. The nearest White Castle to Cherry Hill is in Tom's River, NJ."
        Eric Grez
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Brian Lara
        Are you crazy? The Meadowlands are congested enough as is. The only way I could see building a track there is for the supposed Xanadu mall. The traffic would be horrendous but money would flow in.
          DrEvil
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Eric Grez
          The Meadowlands is a proven failure when it comes to Auto-Racing. CART tried that once (I attended) it sucked. Besides, the meadowlands is a tidal flood plain (swamp) for the Hudson / Passaic rivers, and should not be screwed with any more than they already did.
      Nathan Loiselle
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought the idea of racing through a park was a fabulous idea. But I'd be more than happy to see a third race get added to North America's contribution to F1. But I'd look to adding the race to a pre-established track. Perhaps Watkins Glen again or VIR?
      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Weehawken...what exit?
      Mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      I used to go to the Indy Car race in the Meadowlands as a kid. I loved the race cars, but the facility itself sucked! There was no room to pass, since it was a narrow roadcourse made from the parking lot surrounding Giants Stadium. Watkins Glenn! I love that track!
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      F1 does not a big enough following in the United States to support two F1 races.
        brands
        • 3 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        We had two GP's in the US for a long time and they were always well supported.
          DrEvil
          • 3 Years Ago
          @brands
          Berine the ***** went off chasing "new money". Now that things has slowed a bit, he wants to make nice again.
      Fermat1313
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't think it will happen, and frankly I don't think it should happy. The current format of F1 has each country hosting only one race. Spain is an exception with the European Grand Prix, and I think that should go away. F1 is one of the most international sporting events in the world, and it needs to stay international. It's very Americentric (I just made up a word) to think that F1 should have two races in the US and only one in Germany or England, where they have a much larger following. If we go by population, then China should get two races before the US should.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's right next to Jersey City. Just watch where you park your precious F1 car. In the wrong area and it'll end up on cinder blocks missing wheels/tires. haha.
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