The mayors of New York City neighbors West New York and Weehawken, New Jersey are hard at work trying to hammer out a deal with investors to bring a Formula One race to the streets of their towns. The location being proposed would give the race a wonderful backdrop of the Manhattan skyline; on the other hand, however, it’ll still be in New Jersey.
West New York Mayor Felix Roque and Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner announced they’ve been discussing the plan with a group of wealthy investors led by former YES Network CEO Leo Hindery Jr. The plan would be entirely privately funded—no tax dollars would be spent on the project, supposedly—but the mayors claim the race would bring much-desired revenue to the region.
Last year, a Jersey City economic development group proposed holding an F1 race in Liberty State Park, but that plan was shot down by the government. The new plan, however, has the benefit of support not just from local officials, but from the state as well. “The prospect of having Formula One come to New Jersey is exciting,” said Kevin Roberts, a spokesman for New Jersey governor Chris Christie.
Formula One head honcho Bernie Ecclestone couldn’t be reached for comment regarding the plan, so for the moment, we have no idea just how seriously F1 is taking this proposal, nor how it might gel with those rumors Ecclestone was in New York City not too long ago to discuss holding a race in Staten Island. However, as New York City’s resident car enthusiast publication, we’d like to offer our two cents on the proposal. As much as we’d rather have New York’s Formula One race take place in one of the five boroughs, it’d be a hell of a lot more convenient to get there if it took place on the western shore of the Hudson River. Besides, a street race means we could try out the course beforehand…which we would definitely do. [via Wall Street Journal]