New Jersey Grand Prix not happening

If you were waiting for a glorious Formula 1 Grand Prix with the New York skyline as the backdrop, you’re going to have to wait at least another year. According to the Wall Street Journal, F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has called off the planned 2014 race in Weehawken New Jersey.

“We are not satisfied it’s going to happen in time,” he said. “What we’re aiming for is 2015.”

Ecclestone said the race was called off “for lots and lots and lots of reasons.” and WSJ did try to contact race promoter Leo Hindery Jr. for comment with no success. However, AUTOSPORT apparently got a call back and posted a story quoting Leo as saying:

“I want to thank Formula One Management, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, mayors Richard Turner and Felix Roque, Roseland Property Company and the other local property owners involved for their patience while we’ve worked to get this right so that we can finally go racing in 2015.”

It seems that 2015 is now the target and former CHAMP car boss Chris Pook (now part of the Grand Prix of America group) said:

“This is a very complicated circuit and incredibly important to the overall Formula 1 programme in North America,” he said.

“To get it right in New York will greatly increase awareness of Formula 1 and motor racing across the continent. I remain very confident about this event.”

I appreciate Chris’s impression on how important the Port Imperial race is to F1 in America but I must admit that it seems to be doing quite well in the hands of the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas. Adding a second race would be terrific but it won’t signal the end of F1 in America if New Jersey doesn’t happen until 2015 or ever.

The FIA meet today to ratify the 2014 calendar but don’t count on seeing Mexico, New Jersey or India on the list.

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