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New Jersey to host GP in 2013

2011-10-25 21:19
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Port Imprerial - The United States will host two Grand Prix' from 2013 as the state of New Jersey will put on the Grand Prix of America, New Jersey governor Chris Christie announced on Tuesday.

"I'm pleased that New Jersey will play host to Formula One beginning 2013, bringing one of the world's most popular and exciting sports right to our backyard," Christie said in a statement.

"The race will be a 3.2 mile road race, run on existing roads through Port Imperial and at the top of the Palisades in Weehawken and West New York.

"Up to 100 000 people are expected to attend each race, starting with practice Friday, qualifying on Saturday, and racing on Sunday", it added.

Formula One's last appearance on US soil was in 2007.
The elite racing series' return to America is planned for next November in Austin, Texas, where the new Circuit of the Americas is being built for the purpose.

The Texas race, announced in 2010, has faced criticism from state lawmakers opposed to using public funds to develop the project.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the famed Indianapolis 500, hosted a US Grand Prix from 2000-2007, an eight-year run that had it's problems.

In 2005, 14 of the 20 drivers withdrew just prior to the start of the race to protest concerns about tyre safety.

Prior to arriving at Indianapolis, Formula One had run in the US in Long Beach, California, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas and Phoenix on a variety of street circuits.

F1 and the circuit went their separate ways when they couldn't come to financial terms and other agreements to extend their contract.

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