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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
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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