Atlantic City comes with a standard ‘Formula 1-qualifying’ circuit
Formula 1 is all the rage in America these days. Using a Netflix show Drive to survive And increased visibility on social media, the sport has finally broken through in the States after seventy years.
As a result of that popularity, three American Grand Prix are already on the program: the traditional COTA in Austin, the parking lot track in Miami and the Strip circuit in Las Vegas.
If it is up to the developer DEEM ENTERPRISES There could be a fourth in a few years. The company received an endorsement from Atlantic City Mayor Marty Smalls Jr. A ‘carbon neutral’ complex complete with a 3.8km grand prix circuit is set to begin construction on a renaissance at Bader Park. The circuit and facilities are said to be adequate to achieve the expected FIA Grade 1 certification.
Getting a major motorsports complex approved is an impressive feat these days. Above all, governments are increasingly concerned with environmental goals and sustainability. However, at DEEM, they have come up with a simple detour to find support for the project.
The site for the revival is the old Bader Park Airport, which has been abandoned since 2006. However, after 87 active years, the airport’s soil is hopelessly contaminated. DEEM is committed to tackling that pollution first, leaving the project with ‘a positive impact’.
Live, work, race?
In addition to the circuit, the renaissance must become a CO2-neutral living and working society, where all systems run on pure hydrogen. It remains to be seen how DEEM intends to integrate it with the active Grand Prix circuit.
After all, even with e-fuels, hydrogen-burning engines or electric powertrains, it’s never really quiet on race weekends.
2019 New York F1 Ice Night Race at Port Imperial Street Circuit in Weehawken, NJ. pic.twitter.com/QslrlQ7v70
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The revival is expected to be completed in six to nine years. By then, one of the current US races may have already been abandoned, making way for Atlantic City. This is not the first time the Grand Prix has been held in the state of New Jersey.
In 2011, a street race was proposed across New York City on the beach near the town of Weehawken. However, despite a ten-year deal announced in 2013, a race with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop never materialized.
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