Since the mention of a Formula One race happening essentially in my backyard was announced I was pumped, jazzed and also slightly confused.
Though it seems the story changes on a monthly basis — "will they have the race or not?" — it's officially on the list for the 2014 schedule.
Obviously, this is a HUGE first step BUT there's one little detail you have to note. It's listed as "provisional," which means it is subject to "circuit approval," whatever that means.
Considering I drive the circuit's streets on a daily basis it definitely has me excited to see the infrastructure preparation when things get closer to the June 1, 2014 race date; however, I have a feeling it will be hell-ish for residents living within the parameters of the race.
Let's see if New Jersey can net this one and actually hold the race. If so, 00R will be on the scene.
According to Formula1.com:
Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA, has published the calendar for the 2014 world championship following a meeting of its World Motor Sport Council in Croatia on Friday. It features four additions to the 2013 schedule - New Jersey, Austria, Russia and Mexico - with three Grands Prix - Korea, New Jersey and Mexico - listed as provisional.
The New Jersey round will be the second of three races on consecutive weekends, sandwiched between Monaco in late May and Canada in early June. It will take place on a temporary street circuit along the Hudson River in Weehawken and West New York, with the New York City skyline as its backdrop.
The Austrian round in late June will be staged at Spielberg’s Red Bull Ring, formerly known as the A1-Ring, which previously hosted the race between 1997 and 2003. The venue began life as the Osterreichring, home to the Austrian Grand Prix for 18 consecutive years from its inception in 1970.
An all-new circuit in Sochi, home to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, will be the site of the inaugural Russian Grand Prix at the start of October. At 5.9 kilometres, the Sochi Olympic Park Circuit will be longer than all but two tracks on the current F1 calendar (Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and Silverstone in Great Britain).
November will see the return of Mexico to the F1 calendar, at the same venue which staged the country’s last Grand Prix in 1992 - Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
The 2014 calendar in full:
27/04 Korea (provisional)
01/06 America, New Jersey (provisional*)
26/10 Abu Dhabi
09/11 USA, Austin
16/11 Mexico (provisional*)
* subject to circuit approval