Miami drops street race plans for Hard Rock GP

Date published: April 25 2019

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Formula 1’s plans to host a grand prix in downtown Miami have been scrapped in favour of an event held next to the the Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins NFL team.

F1’s new owners Liberty Media have been pushing for a second race in the United States.

They had targetted Miami to host the event, however, plans to organise a street races never quite got off the ground, blocked by the local community.

This has led local organisers to consider other options with land next to the Hard Rock Stadium, north of Miami, now being touted as a possible venue.

“We want to do something great for Miami,” Tom Garfinkel, vice chairman and CEO of the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium, told the Miami Herald.

“Unfortunately when we finally received the detailed report of what it would take to build out a street circuit each year, the multiple weeks of traffic and construction disruption to the port, Bayfront Park and the residents and businesses on Biscayne Boulevard would have been significant.”

Garfinkel admitted that there is still a lot of work to be done to make it a reality.

“A lot would have to happen for us to be able to do it,” he added.

“But we have over 250 acres of land so adding an F1 race to where Hard Rock Stadium and the Miami Open sit means we can create a world-class racing circuit that is unencumbered by existing infrastructure.”

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