Miami race thrown lifeline
Formula 1’s plans for a race in Miami were met with fierce opposition in October. Chase Carey noted that F1 was still engaged with the Miami project, but acknowledged the event’s “clear hurdles”
. But one major hurdle was overcome thanks to the mayor of Miami-Dade County. One legislation, which would have banned the use of public roads for high-speed racing, was vetoed by the mayor
However, Circuit of the Americas chairman Bobby Epstein told ESPN
that it “seems very off brand of them [Formula 1] to have a parking-lot race” adding that the Miami event would likely damage the brand in America.
In other stateside news, not everyone was happy with the strong United States Grand Prix ticket sales. Eddie Gossage, president of the Texas Motor Speedway said it was “an absolute insult, lack of respect, lack of professionalism”
that F1 raced on the same weekend that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 in Fort Worth was run. Elsewhere, Roger Penske, new owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has said that the circuit will evaluate a potential return to hosting Formula 1