Leo Hindery Jr, promoter of the New Jersey street circuit, has given an interview to Press Assocications’s Ian Parkes in which he says that the race will be on the 2014 calendar, despite being omitted from the draft version released over the Italian GP weekend.
Hindery says that the omission was due to a payment owed to the national sporting authority in the USA, which he says is due to be made this Friday, 20th September. Once that has happened he asserts that the race will be rubber stamped by the FIA World Motor Sport Council which meets at the end of this month.
The draft calendar has no space for New Jersey, but it could be inserted on June 22nd with Austria moving to July, or it could be inserted in November as a double header with Austin. Montreal is on June 8th next year and the FIA has stipulated that there can be no clash with Le Mans 24 Hours which takes place the following week.
“We never had any expectation of being on a preliminary schedule,” Hindery Jr told PA Sport.
“But it took on a life of its own because so many of us are aspiring to be on the calendar that haven’t been there before – ourselves, Russia, Mexico, and with Austria also returning.”
“Bernie told us if we stayed consistent with the rules and applications then he would expect there to be a New Jersey race.
“Time-wise, we have done everything we have been told to do, and when to do it.
“The calendar decision will be made later this month, and although I can’t guarantee anything, we fully expect to be on it, ” says Hindery, who was the founder of private equity investment fund InterMedia Partners. He adds that getting this race off the ground is the toughest thing he has ever undertaken.
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