Formula 1 officials announced today that New Jersey will host a Grand Prix race in June 2013 – meaning the Garden State will share a racing schedule with a number of prestigious and iconic racing locales including Monaco, Silverstone, and Suzuka.
The race, expected to be dubbed the Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial, will be contested on a 3.2-mile street circuit that stretches between Weehawken and West New York in the shadow of the Hudson River and New York’s Manhattan skyline.
In recent months, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner and West New York Mayor Felix Roque have pushed hard to make sure the F1 race landed in Jersey.
“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,” the mayors said in a joint statement back in August. “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.”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has also been a big supporter of F1 coming to his state and estimates that the race should draw about 100,000 visitors.
This latest announcement should be welcome news for F1 fans in America. The last race to occur in the States was at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2007. A U.S. Grand Prix race is scheduled make a comeback next year at the Circuit of The Americas racetrack, which is currently under construction in Austin, Texas. The 3.4-mile track will feature 20 turns, a 133-foot elevation change, and will be the first American track purpose-built for the F1 grand prix. That race is scheduled for November, 18 2012.
Will Texas and New Jersey become regulars on the F1 circuit? Time (and ticket sales) will only tell.