The United States Grand Prix has been struck off the 2008 Formula One calendar, as Tony George (Indianapolis Motor Speedway chairman) announced to the press that a deal between himself and Bernie Ecclestone could not be reached. It is expected that the sanctioning fee is what stalled the negotiations, and this news comes as a bitter blow to the manufacturer teams who have large markets in America.
After several discussions, Bernie Ecclestone and I were unable to agree how to keep Formula One in Indianapolis for the near term. However, we have agreed to leave the door open for a potential future date.
It has been a pleasure having the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis, and I hope that as we approach our Centennial Era at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, an opportunity might present itself that would allow its return. Tony George.
We didn’t reach an agreement… Let’s see if we miss America. Bernie Ecclestone.
Bernie, as ever, straight to the point.
A return to the States has not been ruled out though, as George stated above in his final sentence that the door will be left open for the future. However, it does appear that the relationship between Ecclestone and George has suffered somewhat, with the British businessman making some derogatory statements towards the US Grand Prix earlier in the year.
From a selfish and personal standpoint, I won’t miss the race. In fact, I didn’t watch it this year, although that was more to do with seeing a band live at Wembley Stadium. But I’ve always felt the infield circuit layout was boring and didn’t inspire me as much as the oval does. It seems the history of the Brickyard was lost when Formula One arrived each summer, and really the sport should have embraced it rather than turn its back.
Should the US Grand Prix return to America though, which circuit would you like it to run on?