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The first running of the Grand Prix of America was due to be held at the New Jersey street circuit on 16th June 2013, but now, according to Reuters, Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that the race has been postponed until the following year.
Bernie had already been keeping a close eye on the circuit organisers, complaining back in September that they had fallen foul of certain terms in the contract - making it null and void already. The track appeared on the official calendar signed off by the World Motorsport Council last month, but it was subject to confirmation. At the time, Bernie said: “I think if somebody got behind them, it could happen in 2013 because they have come a long way with the circuit.”
Unfortunately, now he has said: “They’ve run out of time. There are all sorts of things, and they didn’t quite think it through. They’ve had a wake-up call but the wake-up call came too late.”
A local newspaper report has said that organisers were behind on sorting their permits for running the race on the roads, and making the necessary repairs to the surfaces.