Saturday, May 22, 2010

Is Formula One returning to the U.S. at a place called Monticello Motor Club in Upstate, NY?

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According to Autoweek.com via Autoblog.com in an article called "Formula One returning to the U.S.? Monticello Motor Club talks to Bernie Ecclestone", a private country club in upstate, NY called the Monticello Motor Club is talking with Bernie Ecclestone about possibly bring Formula 1 back to the United State at their private motorsports club that is located about 90 minutes by car from Manhatten and has an international airport about 10 minutes away.

Putting the location into more prospective, the Stewart International Airport is 50 minutes away that is located at the junction of I-87 and I-84 near the famous Orange Country Choppers shop in NY.

With that said, as a Motorsports fan, I would like to see Formula 1 return to the United States. The U.S. is a huge market for not only Formula 1, but for several of the car manufacturers in F1. However personal I really don't care where the venue in the U.S. for the Grand Prix is so long as they actually have one here.

Now as I say that, I really am having a hard time trying to imagine just why there hasn't been an F1 race in the U.S. since 2007. I mean is the hosting fee to big for most venues to handle or there more that F1 looks at then a track that hosts let's say a NASCAR Cup Series race.

At any rate, it would be nice for F1 to return. However I will say one thing, unlike most countries, the Grand Prix in the United States has to have a title sponsor in order to pay the costs of the event.

And that unlike most countries that host a F1 race, the US Government doesn't sponsor or put up the money for the race period. Motorsports isn't something that the U.S. Government doesn't believe in sponsoring or putting up the money for and as a U.S. citizen, I completely agree. Taxpayers shouldn't pay the bill for motorsports, thats what sponsors and companies are for.

I really do hope that F1 returns to the United States, but from what I understand, it will be a uphill battle. as for what venues should they consider?

Watkins Glen International in Upstate, NY, Mazda Raceway Laguna Sega in California, The street of Long Beach during the now IRL IndyCar Series weekend, Infineon Raceway in North California, Virginia International Raceway just to name a few.

This should be interesting to see if anything comes out of these talks or is the United States just not going to host an F1 Grand Prix. Any thoughts including venues?