LONDON, Oct 19, 2012 (AFP) - The inaugural American Grand Prix scheduled to take place at New Jersey next June has been postponed for a year, according to local news reports confirmed by Bernie Ecclestone.
The race was due to take place on June 16, but is understood to be re-scheduled for 2014, according to a report in the Jersey Journal, due to rising doubts about the progress being made in preparing for the event.
Formula One commercial ring-master Bernie Ecclestone told Eurosport: "It is not going to happen next year.
"If they came up with the contract with us and we were satisfied the question is could they carry out the work in six months? Winter in New York is not good."
Ecclestone said this now left a vacant slot in next year's 20-race calendar. Nevertheles, the "supremo" ruled out the Turkish Grand Prix returning as a temporary replacement.
"No, no, no. It will be 19 races," he said.
The Jersey Journal first reported yesterday afternoon that the much-heralded race, a first for New Jersey, would not happen next year as planned. In a press release sent out this morning, Grand Prix acknowledged the move.
“We are going to be racing at Port Imperial, unfortunately just not as soon as we hoped and expected,” said Leo Hindery, Jr., a promoter of the event. “We promised Gov. Christie, the towns, the sport and its international fans the best possible experience, and unfortunately we need additional time to ensure that happens.”
Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner earlier told The Jersey Journal that the race was not going ahead next year. The newspaper said Turner and another unnamed mayor claim organizers are behind on road repairs and permits.
Americas Grand Prix Master Plan, a TILKE design that will now how to wait another year to see action.