(New York) – NASCAR CEO Brian France has announced that the fifth annual Miami Grand Prix will take place on September 10, 2022. The race’s move to Formula 1 has been confirmed by multi-sports car racing and entertainment company Red Bull’s Formula 1 joint venture with motorsport businessman Oliver Pierson (Niace).
This year’s Miami Grand Prix will take place on September 23 in Sun Life Stadium. Formula 1 return to Miami was first announced in July of last year, with World Council Chairman Pissarides offering his guidance and promoting the sport to local authorities, stakeholders and people living and working around the Miami area. The Miami Grand Prix is the first time a city has hosted the sport since Australia in 1995.
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With this announcement, the Miami Grand Prix joins a growing list of US series championship events including Atlanta, Toronto, Houston, St. Petersburg, and Indianapolis, not to mention Formula E, with this year’s Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile racing spectacular coming to Miami in October.
In February 2018, the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County, Inc. took part in an event to unveil an all-new FIA accredited facility in southeastern Miami-Dade County at Marlins Park. The site is located at Marlins Park and IMG’s Corporate Centre. Multiple sport activities will take place at the facility from mid-year and annual races in the fall of 2019 and 2020 will be raced at Sun Life Stadium. A new car racing speedway for Formula 1 is expected to be located near the venue and at the same time, an exhibition route that will include local communities and businesses will offer a taste of the racing scene.
The city of Miami sought a change of venue for the race last year. Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado has said of the switch to F1: “I think the city of Miami has worked hard to make Miami Grand Prix an outstanding event that we should be proud of, and I believe it will be an even better event by moving to Formula 1. I would ask members of the public to show their gratitude, support and efforts towards making this event even better in F1, and I would request the Florida Panthers organization to be a part of the event.”
The Miami Grand Prix was the first American Grand Prix back in 1992. The race is held at a different track every year to showcase new roads and terrains. With the 4.9 km stretch of the Turn 2 straightway (where the U.S. Coast Guard rescued a rescue boat from the Atlantic Ocean in 2011) on the agenda, organizers are hoping this year’s race will be the Miami Grand Prix’s most successful to date. Last year’s finale witnessed a record breaking crowd of over 100,000. In 2012, the race featured supercars from the GCAR Supercar series, while in 2014 it welcomed the Vauxhall Corsa team to stage a real-world racing simulation that was streamed via the internet to audiences in the USA, U.K., Netherlands, and Italy.
The Miami Grand Prix is owned by Rick Wolf, the managing director of the newly created racing division, along with local businessman Martin Villegas. It will be managed by Pablo Sabado, the head of automobile safety for The Miami Herald, and former Formula 1 executive Andrew Davis.