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The many homes of the USA Grand Prix

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Unlike the more historic course of Monaco or Monza Spa or Silverstone, the USA Grand Prix has taken a while to find a stable home since the first one in 1908. It has been featured all over the country before finally settling on the Circuit of America’s in Austin Texas. The race has been at a total of 10 different places, but the Austin circuit is a fast one and one of the best ways to view it is to join US F1 Paddock Club and see it form a close point of view. Just take a visit to https://edgeglobalevents.com/f1-paddock-club/f1-paddock-club-united-states and you’ll see what there is on offer.

One of the reasons that Formula one has not penetrated the North American psyche as it has in the South, Europe, and Asia is the strength of the Indy car championship and the near-religion of NASCAR. The North American race going public wanted to see oval racing as it was closer and more intense than the technical street or track circuit. Not only that you could see more of the race wherever you were sat. The biggest event and part of the famous Motor racing Triple Crown including the Monaco Grand Prix and Le Man’s twenty-four hours was the Indianapolis 500.

The first proper attempt to get a USGP on the calendar was in nineteen sixty-one when the track of Watkins Glen was used. It stayed there for twenty years and gained a loyal following. It was also loved by the drivers and teams winning the award of best-organised race and track many times. The track was the scene of many close races, but it was also synonymous for the deadly nature of the Formula one in the sixties and seventies. As the track deteriorated and little money or effort was made to improve it for safety the track’s place was ended in 1981.

Whilst Watkins Glen slowly slipped into decline the street circuits of Phoenix, Detroit and Dallas were set up to complement it. Detroit proved the longest, being nicknamed motor city after all but this all ended in nineteen eighty-nine. It was bumpy and hard, so the Phoenix track offered more as it was smoother and had some long straights. It was not loved by the drivers or the local public as it was held in a mid-summer heat wave. Moving it to March made no difference and the event was quietly ended to little fanfare in nineteen ninety-one. There was to be no USGP for another nine years.

The USGP returned to Indianapolis and even utilised the first bend of the famous Brickyard as the last bend for the GO leading in the straight. It was the first-time banked curves had been included since Monza. Following a tyre controversy laden event which saw only 6 cars run it was suspected that the USGP was done but the inclusion of the Austin Circuit of the Americas seems set to stay.