The once-delayed Formula One race planned for Hudson County's waterfront has landed on the circuit's 2014 calendar, though it once again has an asterisk next to its date.
The World Motor Sports Council confirmed its official schedule today at a meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Listed among its 21 dates is the Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial, scheduled for June 1, which would feature a 3.2-mile street course in Weehawken and West New York.
"The entire Grand Prix of America team is thrilled to join the 2014 FIA calendar and we look forward to bringing world-class Formula One racing to New Jersey," chief promoter Leo Hindery, Jr. said in a prepared statement. The FIA refers to the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, the international governing body for auto racing and parent of the motor sports council.
But the calendar date also is marked with an asterisk and "provisional," as it was on the 2013 schedule before the inaugural race was postponed last October. The asterisk, which also appears next to a November race in Mexico, is noted as "subject to the circuit approval."
Representatives for Grand Prix of America did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the calendar.
Reported funding shortfalls and construction issues led to the initial postponement, while leading to many of the same doubts this year. But organizers in New Jersey have been optimistic recently: last week, reports said the Grand Prix of America had submitted an official application to a U.S. governing body and secured a spot on the 2014 calendar.
The race has brought great anticipation since first being announced in late 2011, with expectations of drawing more than 100,000 to the three-day event. This year's race was meant to kick off a decade of consecutive Grand Prix events on the Hudson waterfront with the New York City skyline as a backdrop.
Organizers and state officials have repeatedly said the race will receive no government subsidies. They've also projected it will generate more than $100 million in annual economic benefits for New Jersey and New York.