Vettel to drive New Jersey course


World Champion Sebastian Vettel will drive a preview lap of the proposed course for the Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial next Monday.

Following the demo run, the German will attend a press conference with race promoter Leo Hindery, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, West New York Mayor Felix Roque and representatives of (car manufacturer) Infiniti.

The Grand Prix of America is scheduled to take place in June 2013, and has a 10-year agreement for races on the course. The race will receive no subsidies from either local or state government and it is hoped will bring millions of dollars in spending to New Jersey and New York each year. It is anticipated that the race will also generate hundreds of millions of dollars in economic development over its life.

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. Fans will arrive through a combination of NJ Transit, PATH and New York Waterway ferries.

The run is scheduled for 14:30 (local time) on Monday June 11.

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Published: 05/06/2012
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