It was officially announced yesterday that Formula 1 racing will be coming to the Garden State. In June of 2013, the air will be filed with the sound of screeching tires and roaring engines as F1 racecars speed around the streets of Hudson County. Specifically, the towns of Weehawkin and West New York will place host to the race. Now, I know what you’re saying. “But Doug, there is no room there build a race track.” Well, that’s been addressed. Much like the world famous Monaco Grand Prix, the cars will race on the city streets.
The track combines the tight turns of a city track with a long straight offering a spectacular view of the city. That view is not for the drivers though. When driving at 200+ miles per hour, taking a glance at the city skyline is not exactly a safe idea. Speaking of driving at 200+ MPH, it must be pretty fun to drive that fast past a 25 MPH sign. I don’t know about you, but I’d get a good laugh out of that.
Oh, and did I mention this is a ten-year long agreement we are talking about? That’s right. Starting in June 2013, you can expect a race every summer for ten years. The economic benefit is impossible to deny. While a full economic impact study by Formula 1 is still in the works, the region can expect to see millions in economic development. A quick quote from Governor Christie sums everything up: “The three-day event will bring very positive economic activity to the region, while giving fans of the sport in our region and around the world an exciting, new venue to experience Formula 1 racing. This is another example of how New Jersey remains a leader in hosting marquee national and international sporting and entertainment events like the Super Bowl, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, and the Ironman Triathlon in various parts of our state.”
I’m sold. I think this is a great idea, and I may even splurge for tickets when the time comes. We could use the economic boost. And bringing more and more unique sporting events can only bring positive attention to the state. What do you think? Maybe now members the Devils Army will turn into racing fans.