The above demonstrates that a circuit surrounded by elevated grandstands is possible within this defined space between Ocean Parkway and Bay Parkway. - Function follows form.
Of course, the venue can be expanded further west, beyond the venue perimeter (footprint) indicated above, logically creating both a larger venue and an even greater amount of new parkland for public recreation.
A more traditional circuit can also be realized here at Jones Beach by simply incorporating approximately 2,200 feet of the south roadway of Bay Parkway, widening it, then re-grading with asphalt.
In all cases, a dynamic F1 circuit here at Jones Beach, which promotes overtaking (passing), is possible. Within this beautiful oceanfront park, an American-centric circuit, compact and surrounded by elevated grandstands, would allow considerable race visibility to the majority of spectators.
With that thought in mind, overtaking (passing) when it happens typically happens on either the long straights or at turns. When overtaking does happen, it electrifies anyone who is watching.
You see, it does not matter which team or driver is in the lead; if the leader of the race is 20-30 seconds ahead of the next race car, well, it may be fun to watch, but there isn't much of a race. Besides, an enormous amount of excitement potential, which would otherwise contribute to a globally memorable race, is lost.
F1 can implement a more level playing field, which would logically promote greater overtaking. However, it is precisely within such a circuit, where a high frequency of overtaking is possible, and visible to the majority of spectators means F1 can put the race back into the race and keep spectators and global television audiences at the edge of their seat.
The benefits of Jones Beach to the owners, teams, sponsors, and fans of F1, due to its location, size, functionality, historical precedents, and beauty, completely outweigh negative aspects which may exist within this proposed venue, since options for a stable or sustainable F1 race within the New York Tri-State area, never mind Manhattan, are few.
U.S. Grand Prix at Jones Beach
Formula 1 New York
There is no comparison between the proposed venue at Jones Beach and the Las Vegas races from 1981 to 1984. The former is a beautiful oceanfront venue, dotted with Art-Deco buildings and a monument. The latter, a casino parking lot in the middle of the desert.
Yes, there are parking fields here at Jones Beach (not lots) comprised of only the western half of field 4 to the east, and field 3, middle, which spans the immediate venue's height. However, only a relatively small amount of the circuit runs through them, as most of the circuit is clearly on parkland or existing roadways.
With all the parking lines removed, the uniformly asphalt-covered fields within the immediate circuit perimeter would be separated by acres of grass-covered parkland; therefore, they will not look like parking lots.
Over the past 40 years, other solutions to bring F1 to New York or the New York Tri-State Area have been suggested, such as a street race in Manhattan (multiple locations), Governors Island, Brooklyn, New Jersey, or permanent venues like Watkins Glenn Monticello Motor Club.
We would all like to see an F1 race on the streets of Manhattan; it would be an achievement. However, gathering 100,000+ people while simultaneously racing 20 F1 cars close to residential homes, within, or close to Manhattan, while certainly feasible, does have its limitations.
A second permanent facility akin to the Circuit of the Americas is also a possibility in America. But not likely, within the New York Tri-State Area, since 1000+ acres of either undeveloped land, or land slated for redevelopment, would be improved for commercial or residential use, with proximity to residential posing a problem, yet again.
From Jones Beach, Formula 1 Racing would be supported further when the Jones Beach Tower (monument) is draped annually with 187 foot (57m) tall, 25 foot (7.6m) wide banners of the teams, sponsors, and other F1 venues blowing in the summer wind of the Atlantic Ocean.
An annual iconic image such as this, along with all the other images of F1 in New York indicated within this proposal, will be seen around the world via social media, magnifying the F1 Brand and emphasizing Formula One's two positions within New York.
Formula 1 New York /// Jones Beach & Manhattan
A PROPOSAL TO BRING Formula 1 racing TO NEW YORK
U.S. GRAND PRIX AT JONES BEACh - USGP JB
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