It’s time to fire up your favorite travel agent website: the United States Grand Prix race will definitely happen in November of next year, and it’ll happen at the new Circuit of the Americas near Austin, Texas.
While we’ve known about plans for this race for some time, a financing snafu threatened to shelve USGP’s plans indefinitely. Eventually, Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone stepped in to aid the process, granting race organizers an extra week to prove to the F1 governing body that it had its finances in order and had paid the appropriate sanctioning fee. As of now, USGP is slated to be the penultimate race in a 20-race series that stretches from March to November and from as far as Australia to Canada.
USGP will happen the weekend of November 18, 2012, at the Circuit of the Americas, a brand new 3.4 mile circuit built just outside Austin, Texas. It won’t be the only event scheduled for that circuit, either: Circuit of the Americas bosses have already promised that the V8 Supercars series (most famous in Australia) and MotoGP motorcycle series will have races there in 2013.
By that point, it looks like Austin won’t be the only home of American F1 racing: work should be finished on another American grand prix race in Weehawken, New Jersey, just across the Hudson River from New York City.
In any case, it looks like the high-powered hijinks that is Formula One is here to stay in the U.S…at least, until USGP’s contract runs out in 2021.
Source: Associated Press