This was on the Reuters news wire this morning:
LONDON — Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has cast doubt on New Jersey hosting a Grand Prix in June, 2013, despite a 10-year agreement announced last year.
"Maybe the New York race will be 2013," he told the BBC on Tuesday. "It's a when — 2013 or 2014."
The east-coast race is likely to be coupled with Canada on successive weekends and would give the United States two rounds of the championship, with Austin in Texas due to make a debut on the calendar this November if its new circuit is ready in time.
New Jersey's street-circuit race is due to be held on the banks of the Hudson River with New York's Manhattan skyline as a backdrop.
The United States, a key market for Formula One manufacturers such as Ferrari and Mercedes as well as team sponsors, has not had a Grand Prix since Indianapolis in 2007.
Is Bernie's brain overworked these days? Has he got too much on his mind? Has he got New Jersey mixed up with Austin, as a result?
As the story says, Austin can host a U.S. GP this year "if its new circuit is ready in time." New Jersey, on the other hand, could hold a race tomorrow. The “track” is there; they just have to repave the streets. I had a photo in my blog last week of their garages and pits that seem to be further ahead today than Austin’s.
The fact of the matter is that F1, in the end, could care less about Austin. New York is the prize. The sponsors (and the beautiful people) want Montreal and New York in North America, just like they want Monaco in Europe.
In the minds of F1 people, Austin will be up there with Hicksville (a.k.a. Indianapolis) in no time.