United States Grand Prix

Knowledge Identifier: !United_States_Grand_Prix

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United States Grand Prix

Motor race which has been run on and off since 1908, when it was known as the American Grand Prize add

Category: Auto racing

Activity starting in 1907.

Countries: United States (22%), (18%), United Kingdom (9%)

Main connections: Formula One, Texas, Indiana

Linked to: Ford Motor Company, McLaren, Fiat, Peugeot

 

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1907

However, the race was plagued by crowd control problems, which led to spectator deaths and injuries, and the cancellation of the 1907 event add something


1908

The "'United States Grand Prix"' is a motor race which has been run on and off since 1908, when it was known as the "American Grand Prize" add something

 

The leading trio from 1908 did make it, and American David Bruce-Brown joined the Benz squad add something

 

Upon its return for 1908, the American Automobile Association did not adopt the new Grand Prix regulations agreed upon by the "Association Internationale des Automobiles Clubs Reconnus" add something


1909

Despite the success of the Savannah event, it was decided that the 1909 race would be held on Long Island, in conjunction with the Vanderbilt Cup. However, only the Vanderbilt race was held, and the Grand Prize pushed back to the next year add something


1910

After the 1910 Vanderbilt Cup saw more issues, including add something


1911

As in 1911, tragedy struck in practice when David Bruce-Brown was killed after a puncture sent him off the road add something

 

The 1911 event returned to Savannah, and this time the Vanderbilt Cup came with it; the Cup and Grand Prize were to be held together until 1916 add something


1912

For 1912, Savannah succumbed to public pressure, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, won the bid for the race add something


1913

The Grand Prize was not held in 1913, after Long Island's bid was rejected, and Savannah refused to provide sufficient prize money add something


1914

For 1914, the Grand Prize and Vanderbilt Cup were staged in Santa Monica, California, on an course, with the start/finish straight along the Pacific Ocean add something


1916

For 1916, the Grand Prize returned to Santa Monica add something

 

The Grand Prize was discontinued after the 1916 event add something

 

The two Santa Monica events were the only road races on the 1916 championship, and the aborted 1917 National Championship was slated to feature 8 events, all ovals and 6 of them board tracks add something

 

This famous old trophy had been on display in the foyer of the ACA headquarters since 1916, when it was last raced for at the Santa Monica Grand Prix Road Race add something


1920

In the late 1920s, efforts were made to refer to the 500 as the American Grand Prize add something


1923

The Indianapolis 500 kept a connection to European racing, running to Grand Prix regulations between 1923 and 1930, and from 1938 until 1953 add something


1936

The Vanderbilt Cup was revived in 1936 and 1937 and run to Grand Prix regulations, but the races were a commercial failure add something


1950

The race was included in the World Championship from 1950 through 1960 add something

 

Formula One - Six of the original seven races took place in Europe; the only non-European race that counted towards the World Championship in 1950 was the Indianapolis 500, which, due to lack of participation by F1 teams, since it required cars with different specifications from the other races, was later replaced by the United States Grand Prix


1952

Russian-born Alec Ulmann staged the first 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race, located in central Florida in 1952 and it became a round of the World Sportscar Championship in 1953 add something


1957

Riverside International Raceway opened in Riverside, California, in 1957 and one of its first events was an !SCCA_National (SCCA_National_Sports_Car_Championship) sports car race add something


1958

For 1958, the race moved to the new, professional, USAC Road Racing Championship, and was billed as the "United States Grand Prix" add something


1959

Buoyed by the success of the 12 Hours, the Riverside sports car race and Formula Libre events at Watkins Glen and Lime Rock Park, Ulmann decided to stage a Formula One race at Sebring International Raceway in 1959 add something

 

Cameron Argetsinger - His timing was perfect and after disappointing results in its first two years at Sebring, Florida and Riverside, California, the United States Grand Prix found a home in upstate New York in 1961, and Watkins Glen became the focal point of American road racing for the next two decades


1960

Ulmann moved the race to the Riverside International Raceway in Riverside, California in 1960 add something


1961

Through most of 1961, Ulmann was listed as the promoter of the USGP, and contacted organizers in Miami and Bill France of the Daytona International Speedway but was unable to reach agreements add something

 

Peter Argetsinger - His father Cameron was a founder of Watkins Glen International and was instrumental in bringing the United States Grand Prix there in 1961 and his brother Michael was a professional racing driver, co-driving with Peter in a Lola T616 in 1985


1965

It was one of the season's most popular events with the teams and drivers as well, receiving the Grand Prix Drivers' Association award for the best organized and best staged Grand Prix of the season in 1965, 1970, and 1971 add something


1967

Clark dominated the 1967 event, leading comfortably from his teammate Hill and American Dan Gurney in an Eagle add something


1970

Team Lotus won the constructor's championship at the 1970 event add something


1971

In 1971, the course was changed considerably add something


1972

The race was at this point attracting lots of entries; 30 people entered and qualified for the 1972 race add something


1973

But from 1973 to 1975, the event reached its probable low add something

 

The 1973 Grand Prix was to become a memorable event for all the wrong reasons add something


1974

The 1974 event was to decide the world championship between Fittipaldi and Swiss Clay Regazzoni add something

 

The event started to be attended by drunken, rowdy people who knew little about motor racing and often went to the infamous "Bog", located inside the Boot to set fire to objects and do other destructive things; the Bog was a place where cars and even a Greyhound bus in 1974 were burned just for enjoyment add something


1976

In 1976, the Long Beach Grand Prix in the Los Angeles area became a Formula One event, making the United States the first nation since Italy in 1957 to hold two Grands Prix in the same season add something


1978

In 1978, the European motorsports governing body, FISA, demanded that the track owners make safety improvements to the track, which were made; and the event was due to be cancelled for the 1980 season, but it was given a reprieve by FISA after promising to upgrade facilities over the winter add something


1980

Alan Jones won the exciting 1980 race for Williams after he went off at the first corner on the first lap and charged through the field into 2nd place from 17th, and he ended up taking the checkered flag after pole sitter Bruno Giacomelli dominated the race but retired with electrical problems near the Chute add something

 

The Caesars Palace Grand Prix in Las Vegas, Nevada was a non-starter in 1980, debuting in 1981; it would only last two years with Formula One, before CART took over the race for another two seasons add something


1981

It was initially included on the 1981 calendar, but canceled after the debts could not be paid and government loans were denied add something


1983

The United States Grand Prix West, as it was called to distinguish from the United States Grand Prix East at Watkins Glen, was held until 1983, after which CART became the headliner series add something


1984

A one-off Dallas Grand Prix in Fair Park, Texas was held in 1984, which was plagued by problems with the track surface, exacerbated by extremely hot 104 F weather add something


1985

Minardi - He drove for them on their debut in 1985, scored their first point in the 1988 United States Grand Prix, although he had been running 5th for quite a long time during the race until being passed by Tyrrell's Jonathan Palmer, took their only front-row start at 1990 USA Grand Prix , their only lap leading a race in the 1989 Portuguese Grand Prix, where he finished 5th, and scored their joint-best F1 result of 4th


1988

Detroit would last until 1988, after which it too became a CART event add something


1989

Plans to continue Formula One races in the Detroit area at the nearby Belle Isle Park did not materialize, and in 1989, Formula One moved to Phoenix, Arizona add something

 

The McLaren team dominated all three years, with Alain Prost winning in 1989 and Ayrton Senna in 1990 and 1991 add something

 

The 1989 race saw Prost take advantage of Senna's mechanical woes and 1990 race was notable in that French new boy Jean Alesi harried Senna for a number of laps; the Tyrrell driver went on to finish 2nd behind Senna add something

 

The inaugural event in 1989 was held in June, with temperatures nearing add something


1990

The Phoenix street circuit in the centre of the city was unpopular with drivers and the event was largely ignored by the local populace; the 1990 Grand Prix reportedly attracted only a third as many spectators as an ostrich festival in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler on the same weekend add something


1991

After the uneventful 1991 race was attended by little more than 18,500 spectators, Formula One left and did not return to the United States until 2000 add something


2000

It was not until 2000 that another United States Grand Prix took place, this time at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana add something

 

The crowd at the 2000 race was estimated at over 225,000, perhaps the largest ever in F1 add something

 

Indiana - From 2000 to 2007, it hosted the United States Grand Prix

 

Indiana - From 2000 to 2007, it hosted the United States Grand Prix

 

Tony George - Later, George helped bring Formula One back to the U.S. with the United States Grand Prix held at the Speedway in 2000

 

Indianapolis motorcycle Grand Prix - The layout is similar to the setup used for the Formula One United States Grand Prix between 2000 and 2007, but not identical


2001

In 2001, the race took place less than three weeks after the events on 11 September 2001 in the US, and many teams and drivers featured special tributes to the USA on their cars and helmets add something


2002

The 2002 edition was known for Schumacher and teammate Rubens Barrichello trading places near the finish line after Schumacher's failed bid to end the race into a dead heat with Barrichello add something

 

Bill Adam - In 2002 Adam drove two races of the Porsche Supercup at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on United States Grand Prix weekend, placing 11th and 13th


2003

Formula BMW - The German series was followed by a south-east Asian championship in 2003, and series in the United Kingdom and the United States were launched the following year


2004

Held in September its first four years , the USGP at Indianapolis was moved to an early summer date in 2004 add something


2005

Toyota Racing - Nevertheless, the 2005 season was Toyota's most successful Formula One season by far, as they scored points in all but the opening race and the controversial United States Grand Prix, where Trulli qualified in pole position, but like all the drivers using Michelin tyres, retired before the start of the race

 

Indy Lights - The series held a support race for the U.S. Grand Prix, the Liberty Challenge, from 2005 to 2007


2006

Bob Jenkins - In July 2006, he was the chief announcer of the IMS Radio Network for the U.S. Grand Prix

 

Many commentators questioned whether a United States Grand Prix would be held in Indianapolis again, but the 2006 United States Grand Prix was held the next year, on 2 July 2006, without controversy add something


2007

Reining champion Sebastian Vettel took pole for the 1st race at the Texas circuit but it was 2007 winner Lewis Hamilton who kept his unbeaten run in the USA as the two finished almost 40 seconds ahead of 3rd add something

 

On 12 July 2007, Formula One and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced that the 2007 U.S. Grand Prix would be the last one held at IMS for the foreseeable future, as both sides could not agree on the terms for the event add something


2009

In August 2009, Formula One president Bernie Ecclestone remarked that there was no immediate plan to return Formula One to the US, vowing "never to return" to Indianapolis add something


2010

Nevertheless, shortly before the first race of the 2010 season, Ecclestone continued to fuel speculation that a return to Indianapolis was not out of the question add something

 

In March 2010, Ecclestone announced plans to bring a Formula One race to New York City for the 2012 season add something

 

On 25 May 2010, Austin, Texas, was awarded the race on a ten-year contract, as Ecclestone and event promoter Full Throttle Productions agreed to a deal beginning in add something

 

In July 2010, promoter Tavo Hellmund promised that the circuit would be one of the "most challenging and spectacular in the world" and that it would include a selection of corner sequences inspired by "the very best circuits" in the world add something

 

Tavo Hellmund - In July 2010, Hellmund announced he had signed a deal with Formula One in April to return the United States Grand Prix to the F1 schedule in 2012


2011

A race in West New York and Weehawken was later announced in October 2011 add something

 

On 15 November 2011, it was reported that construction of the circuit had been temporarily halted as the owners had not yet been awarded the contract to stage the race in 2012, following reports that Bernie Ecclestone had cast doubt on the race taking place add something


2012

After Tavo Hellmund's contract was found in breach by Ecclestone and a new contract was entered into between Formula 1 and the original track investors, Red McCombs and Bobby Epstein, the U.S. Grand Prix was confirmed to be held at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin on the original scheduled date in 2012 add something


2013

Over 43 editions, the race has been held at ten locations, most recently in 2013 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas add something

 

The organizers signed a 10-year contract with Formula One Management, and it was originally on the 2013 calendar, however due to financial and preparation problems it was taken off the 2013 and 2014 calendar and is now rescheduled for the 2015 season onwards add something

 

Grand Prix of America - The event is on a ten-year contract, starting in June 2013 so as not to clash with the November running of the United States Grand Prix in Austin


2014

Another American race was scheduled for the 2014 season alongside the United States Grand Prix called the Grand Prix of America, which was to be held on a 3,2-mile street circuit in West New York and Weehawken, New Jersey add something


2015

Grand Prix of America - A year later, the Grand Prix of America again remained absent from the 2015 FIA F1 calendar leaving the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas the only US Formula 1 race scheduled


2016

On March 9th, 2016, it was confirmed the race would continue to run in Austin, despite the funding cuts add something

 

On March 9, 2016, it was confirmed the race would continue to run in Austin, despite the funding cuts add something


2017

On October 22, 2017 Lewis Hamilton won the race add something


2018

In 2018, Britney Spears and Bruno Mars have been scheduled to perform at the event add something

 

Britney Spears - It was announced that Spears is slated to perform at the Formula One Grand Prix in Austin in October 2018