Well America has been involved with Grand Prix racing on and off since 1908 when it was known as the American Grand Prize. William Kissam Vanderbilt (Vanderbilt Cup) founded a series of road races in the United States to showcase American road racing to the world. Even in the beginning this event has been plagued with crowd control which led to spectator deaths, injuries and cancellations.
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Beautiful video about the Formula 1 history from 1947 to 1967.
At the end is a short clip of 1970.
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1967 U.S. Grand Prix
From Savanna Georgia 1908, Long Island 1909, Wauwatosa Wisconsin 1912, Santa Monica California 1914, San Francisco 1915, Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1923 through 1953 which at this point in 1936 when it was replaced by the Borg-Warner Trophy. In 1958 to 60 we go to Riverside and Sebring from there it’s 1961 to 80 at Watkins Glen the event became a tradition among the fans as loyal crowds gathered each autumn on the wooded hills of Upstate New York
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1976 U.S. Grand Prix
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The United States Grand Prix West, as it was called to distinguish from the United States Grand Prix East at Watkins Glen, was held until 1983, after which CART became the headliner series. The Caesars Palace Grand Prix was a non-starter in 1980, debuting in 1981; it would only last two years with Formula One, before CART took over the race for another two seasons. 1982 saw the inaugural Detroit Grand Prix, making 3 Formula One races in the United States that year. Detroit would last until 1988, after which it too became a CART event. A one-off Dallas Grand Prix was held in 1984, plagued by track problems exacerbated by extremely high temperatures.
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1990 U.S. Grand Prix
Plans to continue Formula One races in the Detroit area at the nearby Belle Isle Park did not materialize, and in 1989, Formula One moved to Phoenix, Arizona. The Phoenix street circuit was laid out in downtown Phoenix and was unpopular with drivers and the local crowd. The inaugural event in 1989 was held in June, with temperatures nearing 100 °F. The race was moved to March, as the opening round of the season, for the next two years.
The McLaren team dominated all three years, with Alain Prost winning in 1989 and Ayrton Senna in 1990 and 1991. After the 1991 race was attended by little more than 18,500 spectators, Formula One left and did not return
to the United States until 2000.
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2000 Back to Indy
It was in 2000 that another United States Grand Prix took place, this time at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Indianapolis was rumored to have been considering a Formula One race since the USGP left Phoenix. The 2.606-mile (4.194 km) infield road course uses about a mile of the oval, but in a clockwise direction. The crowd at the 2000 race was estimated at over 225,000, perhaps the largest ever in F1. Michael Schumacher’s win was his second of four straight to end the season as he overtook Mika Häkkinen for his third Championship.
In 2001, the race took place less than three weeks after the events on 11 September 2001 in the US, and many teams and drivers featured special tributes to the USA on their cars and helmets. The 2002 edition was known for Schumacher and teammate Rubens Barrichello trading places near the finish line after Schumacher’s failed bid to end the race into a dead heat with Barrichello. Held in September its first four years (in order to distance it from the “500” and NASCAR’s Brickyard 400), the USGP at Indianapolis was moved to an early summer date in 2004.
In 2005, problems with Michelin tires led to seven teams withdrawing from the race after the formation lap. Only the three teams (six cars) with Bridgestone tires started the 2005 United States Grand Prix, and the event was considered a farce. Many commentators questioned whether a United States Grand Prix would be held in Indianapolis again, but the 2006 United States Grand Prix was held the next year, on 2 July 2006, without controversy.
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THE NEW SEASON
In August 2009, Formula One president Bernie Ecclestone remarked that there was no immediate plan to return Formula One to the US, vowing “never to return” to Indianapolis. Nevertheless, shortly before the first race of the 2010 season, Ecclestone continued to fuel speculation that a return to Indianapolis was not out of the question. In March 2010, Ecclestone announced plans to bring a Formula One race to New York City for the 2012 season. Ecclestone was quoted as saying the race would take place across the Hudson River in New Jersey, with the Manhattan skyline overlooking the circuit.
In May 2010, plans emerged for a circuit to be built-in Jersey City’s Liberty State Park, but those plans were abandoned shortly thereafter. A race in West New York and Weehawken was later announced in October 2011. In May 2010, it was announced that Monticello Motor Club – a circuit complex modeled on a private country club near Monticello – had submitted a bid for the rights to host the race.
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Formula 1 Texas
On 25 May 2010, Austin, Texas, was awarded the race on a ten-year contract, as Ecclestone and event promoter Full Throttle Productions agreed to a deal beginning in 2012. The event will be held on a purpose-built new track. The race promoter confirmed that over 800 acres (320 ha) to the east of the city had been purchased, and that Hermann Tilke, Formula One’s resident circuit design expert, has been commissioned to design the layout and infrastructure.
In July 2010, promoter Tavo Hellmund promised that the circuit would be one of the “most challenging and spectacular in the world” and that it would include a selection of corner sequences inspired by “the very best circuits” in the world. Construction on the new Circuit of the Americas began on December 31 2010, and is due to be complete by June 2012.
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Is this NASA on Wheels?
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From the Ferrari site:
A town in northern Italy, near Bologna, Maranello has been home to Ferrari since the 1940s. At more than 250,000 sq metres, the factory’s 45 buildings house more than 3,000 workers. It is here that passion, innovation and technology combine to create the company’s GT and Formula 1 cars.
On 3 December 1942, planning permission was granted for a small plant making machine tools in Maranello. From the Scuderia Ferrari headquarters in Via Trento Trieste in Modena, Enzo Ferrari chose to go to Maranello because, as he wrote in his memoirs, he owned “a piece of land in the immediate vicinity of where the factory is today”.
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The Season Starts
The talking is over. The buck stops here. Are you ready for the 2012 Formula 1 season? All of the action from every session can be followed in the interactive GPUpdate.net Live Report.
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This has already kick off and for the US were looking forward to Texas!
Join in an installation lap around Barcelona with Lucas di Grassi – first time ever eye-level camera real driver point of view.
Quote:” I had to drive with only one eye open as the camera was blocking my other eye, quite tricky”
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Pioneering future technologies, developing new methodologies and relentlessly innovating in order to improve the automotive and technological processes that, one day, will power our homes, vehicles and appliances.
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