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New Jersey lining up another F1 bid...I hope Ecclestone doesn't watch "Jersey Shore"

Formula One could have two grands prix in the USA by 2013 if new plans for a race in New Jersey come to fruition.

The Wall Street Journal reports that mayors of New Jersey townships Weehawken and West New York are in talks with private investors to put together an event by 2013. The proposed layout would be a street circuit on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River with the New York skyline as a backdrop. Key to the project is that it is self-sustainable and not reliant on tax dollars.

"In these uncertain economic times when every direct and indirect revenue source is vital, our own Formula One race could be a very positive boost to our citizens," mayors Richard Turner and Felix Roque said in a joint statement.

"This said, we need to ensure that the financial benefits from the privilege of having these races in our towns are equitably shared and that no tax dollars are used. The investor group has already told us that our towns would be substantially compensated annually."

According to the Wall Street Journal the talks are in "early stages" with Leo Hindery Jr. heading up the potential investors. A spokesman for New Jersey governor Chris Christie said the mayors have held preliminary talks about the proposal.

"The prospect of having Formula One come to New Jersey is exciting," he said.

The race would run alongside the US Grand Prix in Austin which will hold its inaugural race next year. F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone has shown interest in bringing F1 to New Jersey before and last year revealed plans for a race there should Austin - which at that time was still in its planning stages - fall through.

"It would be in front of Manhattan in New Jersey, with the skyscrapers in the background," Ecclestone said, adding: "Fifteen minutes from the centre of New York to the circuit would be marvellous."

There were also talks last year of hosting a grand prix in Jersey City's Liberty State Park but mayor Jerramiah Healy vetoed the plans. The difference with the new project is that it has the local mayors' backing.

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Formula One to unveil New Jersey Grand Prix for 2013
• Bernie Ecclestone has long wanted race in New York city area
• Race will run alongside the Hudson River on four-lane highway

The race will run alongside the Hudson river and give spectators a view of the Manhattan skyline in the background. Photograph: Gary Hershorn/Reuters
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guardian.co.uk, Tue 25 Oct 2011 09.22 BST
Formula One will unveil a New Jersey Grand Prix for the 2013 season, the mayor of the city of West New York, Felix Roque, has said.
Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula One rights holder, has long hoped to bring the world's most lucrative motor sports championship to the New York city area and that will be realised as a deal was reached with a consortium of investors and city and state governments.
The New Jersey governor, Chris Christie, will announce the deal at a press conference in Weehawken on Tuesday. Like West New York, Weehawken is across the Hudson river from Manhattan.
Roque said: "This is going to be an economic boom for this whole region. While political and public servants talk about creating jobs, the governor has put the pedal to the metal and delivered. This is the top of the line in motor racing, it's incredible."
The race will run along the Hudson river in Weehawken and West New York, according to Joe DeMarco, an attorney with West New York. "It will provide a very challenging course – they compare it to Spa in Belgium, but will have the feel of Monaco," said DeMarco, who added that the race will take place on a four-lane highway, two lanes in each direction.
The proposed course should offer easy access to New York city residents and visitors staying in central hotels. DeMarco said that it was hoped the event would become a long-term part of the global Formula One calendar.
"It has been contemplated to at least run for 10 years but there are options and so on, depending on the success of it," DeMarco said. "Hopefully it will be a long term event, embraced by residents and the community."
The US returns to the F1 calendar next year with a race in Austin, Texas, but the New Jersey course will provide a cost-effective way to twin the event with the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.
F1 had previously held races in the state of New York at the track at Watkins Glen in Schuyler County, 250 miles from New York city. Watkins Glen International held the US Grand Prix from 1961 to 1980, while Formula One races have also been held at Long Beach in California, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas, Phoenix and Indianapolis.
The last Formula One race in the US was held at Indianapolis in 2007 and was won by Lewis Hamilton.



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