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New Jersey Formula 1 Race On Provisonal 2014 Calendar

An on-again, off-again Formula 1 race for New Jersey is back on as it appears on a provisional calendar of races for 2014.

Weehawken-West New York race map. (Map courtesy Governor’s office)

 

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Governor Christie at announcement for New Jersey Formula One race in October, 2011 (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)

The calendar was released Friday by the FIA following a World Motorsport Council meeting in Croatia. The Australian GP in Melbourne will start the season on March 16, followed by the Malaysian GP on March 30 and the Bahrain GP on April 6. New Jersey’s race through Port Imperial in Weehawken and West New York is scheduled for June 1.

“We look forward to bringing world-class Formula One racing to New Jersey,” race promoter Leo Hindery, Jr. of Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial said in a statement according to the Jersey Journal.

The race was announced for June, 2013 with much fanfare in 2011 but has had a number of financial issues. In October, 2012 the race was rescheduled for 2014.

As recently as August FIA CEO Bernie Ecclestone had told CNN the 3.2 mile race “ “is not in the cards for next year. They haven’t got any money.” Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner at the time was undaunted and said that construction related to the race would continue.  “Whatever work they’re doing, fixing the roads, whether the race takes place or not it’s nice to have the roads fixed. They’re fixing curbs and sidewalks in the race area, it’s nice to have them fixed. So even if the race doesn’t take place there’s no downside for us, other than the disappointment of it.” FIA is paying for the repairs.

The initial announcement was part of a series of high profile sporting events in New Jersey including last March’s Wrestlemania at MetLife Stadium and Super Bowl XLVIII, the first cold-weather outdoor NFL championship game in February.

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