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'14 F1 Race AT COTA Set For Same Date As NASCAR Sprint Cup Race At TMS
Published December 5, 2013
MAYBE NEXT TIME: REUTERS' Alan Baldwin noted a planned F1 race in New Jersey had been due to debut in '14, "but that had to be postponed due to financial issues which continue to plague the race." Race organizers said they were working on "restructured financial arrangements." Meanwhile, F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone said he looked forward to the "first-class inaugural Grand Prix of America" in '15. He added, "New races can take many years to get started, but there is significant momentum and we are close to realizing a New York City F1 race" (REUTERS, 12/4). Race Exec Chair Leo Hindery Jr. shortly after the announcement said in a statement that the promoters would "aim to have the race back on the Formula One calendar" in '15 (N.Y. TIMES, 12/5). West New York Mayor Felix Roque said of the race, "I believe they're going to do it. It will happen. Sometimes it's better to wait to have it well-organized and be a big success. I would rather have something well-organized than something half-assed" (JERSEY JOURNAL, 12/5).