F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone Confirms Talks With Long Beach Grand Prix Organizers
F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone said that "he has held talks with the organisers of the Long Beach Grand Prix about Formula One replacing IndyCar when its agreement to race on the Californian street circuit expires next year," according to Reid & Sylt of ESPN F1. Ecclestone said, "We are not in deep discussions with Long Beach, but we have spoken to them." His comments "follow mounting speculation that F1 is considering making the circuit its west coast home" in the U.S. Sponsorship agent Zak Brown and Chris Pook, the original founder of the Long Beach Grand Prix, "are reportedly attempting to buy the contract to the race from its current owners, motorsport entrepreneurs Kevin Kalkhoven and Gerald Forsythe" (ESPN F1, 4/30).