Ecclestone has 'no doubt' over 2015 race in New Jersey
Bernie Ecclestone says he has "no doubt" the Grand Prix of America at New Jersey will finally join the Formula One calendar in 2015.
When a provisional 22-race calendar was leaked in September, New Jersey was present as part of a triple-header between the Monaco and Canadian grands prix. However, it was marked as "subject to circuit approval" and was missing from the final 2014 calendar announced following a World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris.
However, Ecclestone says there is enough weight behind the project to convince him it will happen a year later.
"There is great demand for a race in New Jersey and I have no doubt we'll be racing at Port Imperial in 2015," Ecclestone said. "New races can take many years to get started, but there is significant momentum and we are close to realising a New York City F1 race."
Race promoter Leo Hindery Jr says he still has the full backing of the relevant parties to ensure the project goes ahead.
"Our entire management team and our supporters in New Jersey, New York and throughout the Formula One community obviously want to see the inaugural Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial take place as soon as possible," Hindery said. "Bringing a world-class race to the world's largest media market is a huge undertaking that has required balancing construction of our road course, without tapping any public money, with the Sport's own timing demands.
"I want to thank Formula One Management, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Mayors Richard Turner and Felix Roque, Roseland Property Company and the other local property owners involved for their patience while we've worked to get this right so that we can finally go racing in 2015."