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Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial Joins FIA Formula One World Championship First Race June 16, 2013

The inaugural Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial is set to join the FIA Formula One World Championship on June 16, 2013. The date was announced by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) as part of a 20-race schedule in 19 countries on five continents.

The Grand Prix of America will run on a 3.2-mile street circuit between Weehawken and West New York, N.J., with the New York City skyline as a backdrop. It will be the first Formula One race held in the New Jersey / New York area in the 63-year history of the world championship. Fans will be treated to three days of action, June 14 to 16, including Formula One practice and qualifying sessions, support series races and Sunday’s Formula One race.

“I am proud that years of hard work have brought us to this point and we look forward to bringing world-class Formula One racing to New Jersey,” race promoter and executive director Leo Hindery, Jr. said.

“The support we have had from elected officials like New Jersey Governor Christie and the mayors of Weehawken and West New York, a committed property developer and a great management team has been incredible. They have stuck by us through this process and we owe them our thanks. The Grand Prix of America will be a special and historic race for New Jersey and New York, for the drivers and, most importantly, for the dedicated fans of Formula One racing.”

Hindery has a long history in motorsport as a driver and executive. He won his class in the 2005 24 Heures du Mans (24 Hours of Le Mans). He is also the founding chairman and former CEO of The YES Network, the largest and most successful regional sports network in the United States and the television home of the New York Yankees. He currently serves as managing partner of InterMedia Partners, LP, a media industry private equity fund headquartered in New York City.

“I became a racer very late in my life,” Hindery said. “But if you’re committed, passionate and have a great team of people behind you, you’re on the road to success.

“Formula One’s president and chief executive officer, Bernie Ecclestone, has set the highest possible standards for the drivers and their teams, fans, sponsors, and the region we call home. We won’t be satisfied until those standards are met.”

The world’s top drivers will pilot the fastest, most high-tech race cars in the world on the streets of New Jersey when the Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial joins the FIA Formula One World Championship. The inaugural race is planned for June 16, 2013, on the 3.2-mile street circuit in Weehawken and West New York, N.J., against the backdrop of the New York City skyline.

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Two-Time Defending Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel Makes History, Drives Preview Lap at Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial Course

WEEHAWKEN, NJ  Formula One World Championship racer Sebastian Vettel drove a preview lap of the course at the Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial today.  He also held a media conference with Race Promoter Leo Hindery, Infiniti representatives, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, and West New York Mayor Felix Roque.

Following his performance in the Canadian Grand Prix yesterday, Vettel drove the street circuit in an Infiniti IPL road car ahead of the highly anticipated Grand Prix of America, due to take place in 2013. Vettel was joined by former Grand Prix winner David Coulthard as the pair completed a number of passenger rides against the iconic Manhattan skyline, set to be a major feature of the race next year.

“Sebastian got a very small taste of what racing around the Port Imperial course will be like, but there’s no substitute for when he’ll be driving at just over 200 miles an hour,” said Race Promoter Leo Hindery. “We can’t wait to host him and the world’s other elite drivers with the world’s greatest city in the background. We’re one year out from 100,000 fans streaming to the race via NJ Transit, PATH and the combined New York Waterway Ferry and Bus Network.” 

Commenting on the event, Sebastian Vettel said: “It’s been fantastic to be the first to drive the new circuit. I was able to get some good speed up in the Infiniti and it’s clear that it is going to be a big challenge in a Formula One car. With such a great setting too, I can’t wait to get back here and race in 2013.” 

The races, planned to begin in June 2013, will receive no subsidies from either local or state government, and will bring millions of dollars to New Jersey and the surrounding region each year. Upwards of 100,000 people are expected to attend the 3-day races largely through the use of public transportation.

Construction of garages and other permanent facilities are well under way and track engineers are working hard to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

The 3.2-mile course will be run on existing streets in Port Imperial, Weehawken and West New York, along the Hudson River and at the top of the Palisades, with the New York City skyline as the backdrop. More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the race. The event will include practice on Friday, qualifying on Saturday and racing on Sunday.   

Formula One Grand Prix of America headquarters are shared between Port Imperial and Manhattan.   

More information at www.gpamerica.com