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GP Week : Issue 83
FORMULA One's push to return to the United States is continuing apace behind the scenes and last week another potential venue for the coveted race was brought forward. Following the failed attempt to bring a race to Jersey City just south of Manhattan earlier this month, a private motor racing circuit, just 90 minutes' drive from the bustling city, is now bidding for the race. The Monticello Circuit is a 5.633 km race circuit located 110 km from New York City and track representatives have already met with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone to discuss hosting a race from 2012. F1 track designer Herman Tilke (right) has also supposedly given the venue a preliminary thumbs-up. A letter addressed to the club's members was leaked to Autoweek and it revealed that the club was seeking an exclusive 10-year race deal. According to Ari Strauss, boss of the Monticello Motor Club, support for the project has already been received on a local, state-wide and national level. "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," Strauss wrote in a letter to club members. "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." Another New York venue shoots for F1 6