Within the next day, you may read that Formula One is planning a return to the United States and has their sights on a special location in New York: Monticello Motor Club.
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. 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. Since receiving a letter of understanding from FOM confirming their hope to bring the U.S. Grand Prix to Monticello, Bill and I have continued to secure the backing and support of local, state, and federal politicians and organizations.
If F1 comes to Monticello, our intent is to preserve MMC as, first and foremost, a private country club. Obviously, demand will accelerate as well as the initiation fee for new members. But securing F1 is like winning the Olympics, competition is fierce, and this is not a done deal. While the prospect of F1 at MMC is exciting, we remain focused on our core business: the club and its members.
At this juncture, we are simply honored that F1 is considering our venue as the future, exclusive home for the U.S. Grand Prix. It would transform the region into one of the motorsports capitals of the world, bring thousands of jobs to Sullivan County, inject over $100M each year into the local economy, and place your private club in the company of famous racing circuits like Monza and Spa.
Ha minden jól megy, ezen a pályán lesz az Egyesült Államok Nagydíja. A pálya, a Monticello Motor Club igazgatója, Ari Strauss így szeretné és Berniék hozzáállása is kedvező. Nekem egy ilyen ‘vidéki’, természetközeli helyszínen rendezett verseny sokkal érdekesebb, mint egy ‘indianapoliszi’ vagy ‘manhattani’ városi parasztvakítás. Hülye kifejezés, tudom, meg nem is a vonalvezetés miatt mondom, de ez a pálya lehetne ‘az amerikai Spa-Francorchamps’. Oké, leveszem az antigravitációs cipőmet és megkeresem az állam… :P
“One of the best race tracks in the world.” (BMW e36 M3):