New Jersey Leg of F1 Circuit Put on Hold

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Between F1 and INDYCAR, we are unsure which of the open-wheeled racing conglomerates are in worse shape. INDYCAR gets bumped by a beer festival, then can’t find a location quick enough to replace it, so cancels the race altogether. Then again, F1 has its head honcho, Bernie Ecclestone, in hot water for bribing various banking officials. Both circuits, F1 more than INDYCAR, are constantly under fire for their lack of parity, as the same drivers/teams win over and over again. We don’t have an issue with the lack of parity, we say let the best driver and car win, but the public tends to get bored by it.

Now F1 is joining INDYCAR in the cancelling of races, as after saying that the New Jersey leg of its U.S. tour may be pushed back to 2014. Now Ecclestone is saying “No. Definitely no,” that the race will not happen in 2013. This all comes following Sebastian Vettel’s test drive of the course and him saying that the track is “nowhere near ready.”

Following his pretty definitive statement, Ecclestone backed up and reworded his statement by saying that if organizers get the NJ track ready, it will be added to the 2013 calendar.

This is obviously one gigantic mess, as even the event organizers in NJ are saying that they are ahead of schedule and have not hit any of the snags that the other American leg, Austin, Texas, hit. So, maybe Ecclestone is jumping the gun a little on this one, so we will have to keep an eye one what’s going on here.


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  (683) posted on 07.16.2012

I’ve already seen the track in Google Earth. I can’t believe they found a place for F1 race.

  (394) posted on 07.12.2012

When will the New Jersey Streets be completed to start the F1 race?

  (797) posted on 07.11.2012

What is Clearance Auto guys?

  (630) posted on 07.10.2012

@Belinda What are you talking about “Clearance Auto”?

  (553) posted on 07.10.2012

When will this F1 race be resumed? Champion cars must be back on track rather than INDYCAR.

  (474) posted on 07.8.2012

That beer festival is the cause all of this mess. Why the organizer wasn’t aware of this event?

  (1) posted on 06.28.2012

Man, have you watched any F1 races this year? Almost every one has had a different winner. They solved the "parity" thing in spectacular fashion. For an automotive sports journalist, you sound woefully behind the times. Also, your analysis that F1 is being put on the back foot by either the NJ race’s lack of certainty or Bernie’s legal troubles is laughable. F1 is globally dominant and makes billions of dollars a year. The New Jersey race would be fantastic if it happens but it won’t matter much to F1’s bottom line if it doesn’t.

And Bernie can probably bribe his way out of any hole he finds himself in.

INDYCAR getting bumped by a beer and hot dog festival, however, is sorely representative of a series suffering a decade and a half of depressing decline, underpowered, boring and ugly cars, drivers who for the most part have about as much charisma amongst them as a stack of wet cardboard, and dismal TV ratings. In other words, a poor comparison to F1.

Bring back 900hp Champcars,


  (4) posted on 06.28.2012

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