Bernie Ecclestone is reportedly interested in adding more American Formula One races to the sport's schedule. The CEO was quoted as saying "America is about as big as Europe. So we should have the same number of races [in each]." Since next season will see a total of seven events on European soil, it would seem to indicate Ecclestone is keen to swell the number of American races significantly. The 2013 season was supposed to see US competitions with teams stopping in Austin, Texas at the new Circuit of the Americas and in New Jersey for a race on a public street course. The latter event has been cancelled until at least 2014 due to financial and time constraints.

F1 still doesn't draw nearly the attention in the US as it does elsewhere in the world, but sponsors are doubtlessly very aware of the sport's advertising potential in one of the world's largest auto markets. For now, Ecclestone is keeping his mouth shut about where future US races could be located.


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      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      So Europe is BROKE, and Bernie thinks he can come to the USA and carpetbag us? Earth to Bernie, the USA is broke also.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Road America, Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio, Laguna Seca, Sebring (would need to be resurfaced though, bumpy as ****)? I could go on.
      ijardine
      • 2 Years Ago
      For decades BE avoided the USA and went for the easy money/Government sponsored races in the Far East and Middle East and now he wants 5+ races in the USA? Not at $32mm annual FOM franchise fee rate..... Indycar is far better value for the good tracks. FOM takes TV money and track sales monies and leaves the tracks with only ticket money and whatever else sponsorship they can find. That doesn't work well in the USA.
        Proghog
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ijardine
        Indycar needs to get off of the NASCAR ovals.
      prince_david
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love F1 but the US doesn't have a strong enough F1 fanbase to warrant this.
        rmkensington
        • 2 Years Ago
        @prince_david
        Thats what they said about Austin and its almost sold out.
        Jason
        • 2 Years Ago
        @prince_david
        Agreed. A lot of it is people coming overseas to watch the first race in the US. Time will tell if F1 is successful here. Hopefully there won't be any more incidents like 2005.
      Scr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Watkins Glen, Watkins Glen, Watkins Glen!!!!!!!!
      CH
      • 2 Years Ago
      You don't really know Bernie do you? Let me translate: There should be as many races in America as in Europe since they're about the same size, therefore, since America has one (two?) GP, Europe should only have one (two) GP. That way we can have more races in Zimbabwe and Bangladesh and anywhere else where some tinpot dictator will pony up the ludicrous amounts of money that I will demand for a race. Bernie never says what you think he says!
      Maddoxx
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think a Miami grand prix would be awesome, New Jersey, LA area, Detroit, SF Bay Area and Las Vegas would be great spots!
      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      Never will happen! Bernie what's millions to hold a F1 race and without total support from the governments no one state or local government can afford it.
      spinftwin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Come to Chicago!!! I speak for the entire city when I say we would gladly shut down the Mag Mile for a road race down Michigan Ave!
      Gregg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Street Race in Las Vegas! Lots of hotel rooms, gambling, restaurants, and entertainment....
      Read Tull
      • 2 Years Ago
      As much as I would love to see F1 cars race around my home course at VIR, I think unless the cars go in circles and they call it "INDY" not nearly enough fans or financial pull will support any races in the US.
      handbraaaake
      • 2 Years Ago
      Chicago Grand Prix 2014!
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