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Jersey City Files Interest In Hosting USGP

Jersey City, an area of New Jersey not far from New York City has announced that it is in discussions with the owners of Formula One about bringing an event to the area from 2012.

It would be the first United States Grand Prix for some time, and would be set to be held on a 3.6 mile race track through Jersey’s Liberty State Park, and possibly held at night.

A document produced with outline plans for the event states: “With the incredible backdrop of the New York City skyline, selecting Jersey City for the 2012 Grand Prix Auto Race Circuit will not only boost ticket sales as the Grand Prix returns to the United States, but will [provide] striking television footage.

“To maximize the dramatic effect, Jersey City could possibly follow in Singapore’s footsteps by holding the finals at night.”

However they face stiff competition from two sources.  The first being Indianapolis, the race way which brought F1 back to the USA has been talking with the organisers of Formula One about bringing a race back the world famous circuit.   They are also facing competition from a group known as “Friends of the Liberty Park” who are disgusted with the ideas of hosting F1 in the green space.

Sam Pesin, head of the Friends’ board of trustees, told local newspaper the Jersey Journal: “Once you have a track there, and especially with the state’s finances, there would be such pressure on the state to have regular car racing there. You’d end up having the name changed from Liberty State Park to Liberty Race Track.”

What happens remains to be seen, but it would be better to have a street race around New York?  In an almost Monaco fashion.  If not, lets take F1 back to Indy.

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