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New York race confirmed for 2013

Following months of speculation it has now been confirmed that New Jersey will host the Grand Prix of America in 2013.

The news means that after four years of not having a Formula One race in the United States, F1 will now have two in the coming years.

Formula One has not returned to America since the race in Indianapolis in 2007.

From next season Formula One will be heading to the brand new $250 million purpose built track in Austin, Texas, who will host the United States Grand Prix until 2021.

But despite sealing a brand new home for a race in America last year, Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has always wanted a race in New York City.

Ecclestone's vision was to have the race by the Hudson River in New Jersey, with the Manhattan skyline overlooking the circuit and that vision has now been realised, because from 2013 the Formula One circus will head to a 3.2-mile street circuit for the Grand Prix of America in New Jersey.

'New York is one of the major cities in the universe, We have been wanting to go somewhere like this for a decade now, this is huge news.' BBC F1 chief analyst Eddie Jordan told the BBC website.

'It is the jewel in the crown, not just in terms of America, but in terms of grand prix racing and brand awareness, bases and venues, a race in the centre of a major city has huge upsides. There are difficulties in terms of getting around, but it pales into insignificance compared with the benefits for the teams, the country, the city, commercially for Formula 1 and just the whole euphoria of the thing.'

The circuit will incorporate existing roads through Port Imperial and the Palisades in Weehawken and West New York.

It is estimated that up to 100,000 people will attend the event across practice, qualifying and race day.

The news has also been welcomed by the team behind the new track in Texas.

'New Jersey and Texas, nearly 2,000 miles apart, offer unique and very different fan experiences destined to not only raise the visibility of the sport in this country, but also increase the global attraction and US support of these world-class events.' United States Grand Prix chief Tavo Hellmund told Autosport Magazine.








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