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F1 set for New York state?

ESPNF1 Staff
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Circuit designer Hermann Tilke spent time at the Monticello Motor Club © Sutton Images

New York state has emerged as a possible venue of a United States Grand Prix only weeks after a bid to hold a race in New Jersey fell through.

It has been revealed that talks are underway for a race at Monticello Motor Club, 90 minutes from Manhattan, located at the foot of the Catskill Mountains.

The details emerged courtesy of American publication Autoweek who published a letter from Ari Strauss, the president of the Monticello Motor Club. The letter talks about Strauss meeting F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and hosting F1 track architect Hermann Tilke at the venue.

In the letter, Strauss says: "A few months ago, [MMC chairman] Bill McMichael and I met with Bernie Ecclestone, President/CEO of Formula One Management (FOM), and discussed the terms for an exclusive 10-year United States Grand Prix to be hosted at MMC.

"Shortly thereafter, Hermann Tilke, the chief engineer and circuit designer for F1, spent time at MMC and confirmed that our track and surrounding properties, with some expansion and minor track modifications, is an excellent location for a Grand Prix.

"Since receiving a letter of understanding from FOM confirming their hope to bring the U.S. Grand Prix to Monticello, Bill and I have continued to secure the backing and support of local, state, and federal politicians and organizations."

Despite the encouraging nature of the letter, it remains far from certain at this early stage that a deal for New York state to host an F1 race will be struck.

"Securing F1 is like winning the Olympics, competition is fierce, and this is not a done deal. While the prospect of F1 at MMC is exciting, we remain focused on our core business: the club and its members."