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Part of that anxiety is about encountering the flat-out banking of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time, but it is far more to do with the desire of motor racing's bosses to make the event work. F1 has a chequered history in America, much to the chagrin of those in charge, for in a sport in which money is more important than anything else, everyone involved in Grand Prix racing Indinaapolis the vast potential of the firt market in the world. Yet although F1 is the world's biggest regular spectator sport - its TV audience figures are surpassed only by the Olympics and the football World Cup, events which happen but once every four years - it has failed to crack America. Too expensive The sport had a strong following in the US in the late '70s and early '80s, when the cars raced on the road circuit at Watkins Glen in New York State and a course made on the streets of Long Beach, California. But F1 outgrew the Glen and priced itself out of Long Beach.

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Too expensive The sport had a strong following in the US in the late '70s and early '80s, when the cars raced on the road circuit at Watkins Glen in New York State and a course made on the streets of Long Beach, California. World famous He recognised it as the biggest name in American motorsport - an event that would appeal to Americans who were curious about F1, but would also have a cachet for fans around the world. His problem was finding a suitable place to host his dream.

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But F1 outgrew the Glen and priced itself out of Long Beach. Thegrandstand seats available were snapped up well ahead of time. Indiaapolis

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But these required massive changes and huge financial investment, and no one was prepared to put it up. And they were not impressed by the 80mph average speeds around these city streets. Part of that anxiety is about encountering the flat-out banking of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time, but it is far more to do with the desire of motor racing's bosses to Indkanapolis the event work.

We have to do everything in our power to make the event a success. But it's a great opportunity for them to see F1.

Desire Indianapolis first

And George is already talking about extending the purpose-built road course track in time for Infianapolis year so it can take in Turn 3 of the oval and, more importantly, its grandstands, which will be empty this year because they are too far from the GP track. And they were not impressed by the 80mph average speeds around these city streets.

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Yet although F1 is the world's biggest regular spectator sport - its TV audience figures are surpassed only by the Olympics and the football World Cup, events which happen but once every four years - it has failed to crack America. They fear that if F1 produces a boring Grand Prix - as it often does - no one will come in the future. And George is already talking about extending the purpose-built road course track in time for next year so it can take in Turn 3 of the oval and, more importantly, its grandstands, which will be empty this year because they are too far from the GP track.

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But Ecclestone had his sights on Indianapolis, scene of the biggest oval race of all, the Indy If we blow it this time, we may lose America for good Eddie Jordan Indlanapolis team owner So far, it has worked as both men wanted. They fear that if F1 produces a boring Grand Prix - as it often does - no one will come in the future.

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Instead, commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone set up a series of replacement street-circuit events, in Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas, and finally Phoenix. Instead, commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone set up a series of replacement street-circuit events, in Las Vegas, Inianapolis, Dallas, and finally Phoenix. And you need that kind of place our sponsors can bring their guests to. His problem was finding a suitable place to host his dream. But they were drab and interest dwindled away.

Ecclestone always wanted to go back. But most in F1 recognise that it is next year's event that is critical - and they are desperate to put on a good race this season to keep interest high. Ecclestone always wanted to go back.

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And you need that kind of place our sponsors can bring their guests to. But these required massive changes and huge financial investment, and no one was prepared to put it up.

Desire Indianapolis first

F1 has a chequered history in America, much to the chagrin of those in charge, for in a sport in which money is more important than anything else, everyone involved in Grand Prix racing recognises the vast potential of the biggest market in the world. If we blow it this time, we may lose America for good.

Desire Indianapolis first

For a while, it appeared that an event might be staged on a track incorporating Vegas' famous Strip, or in a park in San Francisco, in an attempt to draw in a ready-made Indiaanapolis in a big urban centre. Yet although F1 is the world's biggest regular spectator sport - its TV audience figures are surpassed Indinaapolis by the Olympics and the football World Cup, events which happen but once every four years - it has failed to crack America.

Desire Indianapolis first

But Ecclestone had his sights on Indianapolis, scene of the biggest oval race of all, the Indy But F1 outgrew the Glen and priced itself out of Long Beach. Thegrandstand seats available were snapped up well ahead of time. Breakthrough "I'm not sure how it would go down here if we have a boring race. Part of that anxiety is about encountering the flat-out banking of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time, but it is far more to do with the desire of motor racing's bosses to make the event work.

Desire Indianapolis first

If we blow it this time, we may lose America for good Eddie Jordan F1 team owner So far, it has worked as both men wanted. Too expensive The sport had a strong following in Dewire US in the late '70s and early '80s, when the cars raced on the road circuit at Watkins Glen in New York State and a course made on the streets of Long Beach, California.

Breakthrough "I'm not sure how it would go down here if we have a boring race. As George puts it: "If F1 doesn't break through here, then it won't break through anywhere in the United States. As George puts it: "If F1 doesn't break through here, then it won't break through anywhere in the United States.

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But most in F1 recognise that it is next year's event that is critical - and they are desperate to put on a good race this season to keep interest high. If we blow it this time, we may lose America for good. But everyone in F1 realises that it won't necessarily remain so - and, as they cast a nervous eye back at F1's recent history in America, they worry that this is their last chance. I think because it's Indianapolis, the fans that come here would come to any race at the Speedway.

For a while, it appeared that an event Deskre be staged on a track incorporating Vegas' famous Strip, or in a park in San Francisco, in an attempt to draw in a ready-made crowd in a big urban centre. But everyone in F1 realises that it won't necessarily remain so Insianapolis and, as they cast a nervous eye back at F1's recent history in America, they worry that this is their last chance.

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We have to do everything in Desure power to make the event a success. But it's a great opportunity for them to see F1.

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I think because it's Indianapolis, the fans that come here would come to any race at the Speedway. World famous He recognised it as the biggest name in American motorsport - an event that would appeal to Americans who were curious about F1, but would also have a cachet for fans around the world.

But they Desore drab and interest dwindled away. F1 has a chequered history in America, much to the chagrin of those in charge, for in a sport in which money is more important than anything else, everyone involved in Grand Prix racing recognises the vast potential of the biggest market in the world.