The Future of Formula One: Mario Andretti Wants More U.S. Races

Circuit of The Americas Experiences F1 USGP Legends Club Mario Andretti Interview 45Mario Andretti, the face of Formula One™ in America, has spoken. Andretti believes the United States can and should stage two races during the F1™ calendar.

Andretti is responding to the news of Miami Dolphins owner, Stephen Ross, being in talks with financial backers in Qatar to buy out CVC Capital Partners’ majority 35.5% stake in F1. “In America we have the mind-set to make things happen. It’s a huge market. I can’t see any negatives. A solid investment would spell stability for the sport."

Andretti, 75, is the Italian-American who won the world title in 1978 and is the official ambassador for the United States Grand Prix, which will be held in Austin for the fourth year in October later this year.

Home Glory

In previous years there have been many locations for Formula One races throughout the United States and each one with a unique personality. Let’s take a look:

Dallas Grand Prix

The Dallas Grand Prix was a round in the Formula One World Championship in 1984. The Dallas Grand Prix, originally was ran at the Fair Park street circuit, before moving to nearby Addison in 1989. In 1993, the race relocated to a temporary street circuit around the Reunion Arena, at the time home to many Dallas’ sports teams.

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In 1982, the United States became the first and only country to host three World Championship Grand Prix in one season.

Caesars Palace Grand Prix

The Caesars Palace Grand Prix was part of the Formula One race calendar in 1981 and 1982. The Vegas circuit was not very popular among the drivers due to the desert heat. The track was laid out in the parking lot of the Caesars Palace hotel and served very well as a temporary track: wide enough for overtaking, ample run-off areas filled with sand, and a surface like no other circuit.

Detroit Grand Prix

The Detroit Grand Prix was a round in the Formula One World Championship from 1982 through 1988. The Detroit Grand Prix was held at the Detroit street circuit in Detroit, Michigan. The original circuit proved to be even slower than the Monaco circuit. The race soon gained a reputation for being horrendously demanding and grueling and was perhaps the single hardest race on cars and drivers in Formula One during the 1980s.

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United States Grand Prix West

The third race that completes the Americana trifecta is the United States Grand Prix West. It was held in Long Beach, California as a Formula One World Championship event from 1976 to 1983. The United States Grand Prix West was held on a tight circuit made up almost entirely of city streets in Long Beach. Like most street circuits, Long Beach quickly gained a reputation for being a grueling race that was very punishing and tough on both the car and driver.

United States Grand Prix

In 2012 Formula One racing made a welcome return to the Unites States at the country’s first purpose built F1 facility, Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. The anti-clockwise track has 20 turns and a steep, uphill climb into the first hairpin, which has already become the venue’s signature corner.

Where to Next?

Before the 2010, when it was announced that Circuit of The Americas would host the United States Grand Prix, there were several other cities that were rumored to host an F1 race. Some places rumored as potential hosts were: New York City, New Jersey’s Liberty State Park, Monticello, Detroit, Los Angeles, and a few others. Where do you think we should host another race?

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While we eagerly await an additional location for Formula One racing, make sure you’ve secured your seat to the United States Grand Prix. With COTA Experiences you can attend the only U.S. race on the F1 calendar in style!


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