The race is set to join the FIA Formula One World Championship series on June 16, 2013, announced by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) as part of a 20-race schedule in 19 countries on five continents.
The Grand Prix of America will run on a 3.2-mile street circuit between Weehawken and West New York, N.J., with the New York City skyline as a backdrop.
"I am proud that years of hard work have brought us to this point and we look forward to bringing world-class Formula One racing to New Jersey," race promoter and executive director Leo Hindery, Jr. said in the release.
“The support we have had from elected officials like New Jersey Governor Christie and the mayors of Weehawken and West New York, a committed property developer and a great management team has been incredible,” Hindery added in the release. “They have stuck by us through this process and we owe them our thanks. The Grand Prix of America will be a special and historic race for New Jersey and New York, for the drivers and, most importantly, for the dedicated fans of Formula One racing."
Hindery has a long history in motorsport as a driver and executive. He won his class in the 2005 24 Heures du Mans (24 Hours of Le Mans). He is also the founding chairman and former CEO of The YES Network, the largest and most successful regional sports network in the United States and the television home of the New York Yankees. He currently serves as managing partner of InterMedia Partners, LP, a media industry private equity fund headquartered in New York City.
"I became a racer very late in my life, but if you’re committed, passionate and have a great team of people behind you, you're on the road to success,” Hindery said. "Formula One's president and chief executive officer, Bernie Ecclestone, has set the highest possible standards for the drivers and their teams, fans, sponsors, and the region we call home. We won't be satisfied until those standards are met."
Fans can get information about the Grand Prix of America race activities, tickets and special events by signing up for the GPAmerica mailing list at www.gpamerica.com.