New Jersey to host a race in 2013
New York: Formula One will unveil a New Jersey Grand Prix for the 2013 season, the mayor of West New York said on Monday.
F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone has long hoped to bring the world's most lucrative motor sports championship to the New York City area and that will be realised as a deal was reached with a consortium of investors and city and state governments.
New Jersey governor Chris Christie was to announce the deal at a press conference in Weehawken, New Jersey, yesterday.
"This is going to be an economic boom for this whole region. While political and public servants talk about creating jobs, the governor has put the pedal to the metal and delivered," West New York mayor Felix Roque said.
"This is the top of the line in motor racing, it's incredible."
The race will run along the Hudson River in Weehawken and West New York, according to Joe DeMarco, an attorney with West New York.
"It will provide a very challenging course — they compare it to Spa in Belgium, but will have the feel of Monaco," said DeMarco, who added that the race will take place on a four-lane highway, two lanes in each direction.
The proposed course should offer easy access to New York city residents and visitors staying in central hotels.
DeMarco said that it was hoped the event would become a long-term part of the global F1 calendar.
"It has been contemplated to at least run for ten years but there are options and so on depending on the success of it," said DeMarco.
DeMarco said: "Hopefully it will be a long term event, embraced by residents and the community."