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New Jersey F1 Race Promoter Hindery Jr. Says 'We Are Back Under Construction'
Published March 8, 2013
DROPPED DREAMS: The proposed "New York" race has long been the dream of Ecclestone, Hindery said, and "We were on track, I thought, pretty well for June 2013, and, to be frank, we couldn’t get all of the approvals necessary, most especially right around the river itself. Here in the U.S., water ways are the responsibility of multiple jurisdictions. We have now all of those consents." The missing approvals made it difficult for the organizers to have all the capitalization in place. Ecclestone said, "The problem in New York/New Jersey is not a problem for us. It's a problem for the people that started this, and I think it's basically a financial problem." Organizers also would have been unable to put some needed viewing stands right at the river’s edge. In addition, Hindery said Hurricane Sandy, which devastated parts of the Northeast, "distracted everybody as well." Out of time and without the necessary approvals Ecclestone decided to drop the American Grand Prix from the ’13 F1 calendar. Hindery: "I think that Bernie made absolutely the right decision."