Following the collapsed talks for a new Grand Prix in Jersey City, the Monticello Motor Club has emerged as the latest contender as a possible venue for the return of Formula 1 to the United States.
Located about two hours from New York City in the town of Thompson, Sullivan County, a letter from the Club’s President, Ari Strauss, has been published in Autoweek confirming that talks are underway with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.
Strauss also confirmed that F1 circuit
destroyer designer Hermann Tilke has visited the venue, and declared it would be “an excellent location for a Grand Prix”.
No doubt after Hermann has wielded his pen over the circuit’s layout to make it yet another Tilkedrome!
I quite like the circuit in its current iteration! The current circuit hosts twelve different layouts, the longest of which is 6.68km (4.1 miles) in length. The circuit was designed by former F1 driver Brian Redman in conjunction with architect-cum-engineer Bruce Hawkins. Its nearest international airport is just 10 minutes from the circuit.
This sounds like a great location!
By no means is the deal anywhere near complete, warned Strauss, who added that such a venture would need the “backing and support of local, state, and federal politicians and organisations.”