Wow! New Jersey Now?!

So, New Joisey is getting themselves a fancy ass F1 race eh? Sounds intriguing, but it will be a street circuit, which could be problematic as most street circuits (barring Monaco) are lame, but who knows, maybe it will be good. I am a bit confused as to why the US was left off of the F1 calendar for so long, and now, all of a sudden, there are going to be two races here. If it was all about money, that can’t be the case, because there were probably many major cities clamoring for a race behind the scenes. And if it’s about reviving the economy, I don’t buy that as it’s only one weekend out of the year and, traditionally, most F1 races don’t make back any sort of profit. Again, I say most, although there are certainly some great races on the calendar.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited to see how the track is going to look and what the lap will be like and the fact that the US has two separate places to go to, but the realist in me says that something will have to give. Will this race take over the spot from Turkey? Or Bahrain? What about Australia? Or possibly Korea? Or might this be a case of switching off every year like the German and Japanese Grands Prix do? I would love every race to succeed, but I am also torn at the prospect of possibly losing more of the European circuits (minus Valencia… that thing can get the hell out).

Again, the optimist in me – which constitutes a very, very miniscule portion of me – would love for this to work out so well that the US finally embraces F1, but the realist in me just doesn’t see how this will work out in the long run. Bernie loves money, and I think that most countries are enticed by the prospect of a race, but in the end, the only person who will win in this deal will be Bernie because, again, most of these races always loses money. And when that happens, it’s only a matter of time before this NASCAR loving country attempts to pull the plug.

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