It’s official—New Jersey’s Grand Prix of the Americas, which was scheduled for next summer, will not be happening in 2013. We are, to put it mildly, bummed.
The official announcement of the race’s postponement is expected shortly, but several different media outlets are already citing Weehawken mayor Richard Turner as saying the race will not go on next year. Big Man Bernie Ecclestone has mentioned it, also. “They didn’t quite think it all through,” he told Reuters. “They’ve had a wake-up call but the wake-up call came too late. They couldn’t get everything ready in time. That’s the bottom line.”
The biggest missing piece of the puzzle, reportedly, was the roughly $30 million fee needed to bring F1 to New Jersey next year; according to Autoweek‘s sources, the organizers weren’t able to raise enough money in time for the 2013 race. While no official word has been given, presumably, if the organizers can scrape together the $30-ish million in the next 12 months or so, Formula One will finally make it to the New York metropolitan area next year. Have they talked to Trump yet? If it’ll bring F1 to the area, we’d be 100 percent behind the idea of the Donald Trump Grand Prix of the Americas. [via Autoweek]