The Chicago Journal

Las Vegas Is Latest Formula One Location

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Formula One has announced that Las Vegas will be one of its locations for next season’s F1 race in November 2023. It is the third US location alongside Miami and Austin and the city’s first F1 race since the 1980s.

F1 said in a press statement on Wednesday that the race will be held on the Las Vegas Strip “with the track sweeping past some of the world’s most legendary landmarks, hotels, and casinos.”

This is the first time that the Las Vegas strip has been named the stage of an F1 race. The city previously hosted the Caesars Palace Grand Prix in 1981 and 1982.

On a 3.8-mile track with 14 turns, the audience may witness top speeds of around 212 miles per hour (342 kilometers per hour) for the 50-lap race.

“This is an incredible moment for Formula One that demonstrates the huge appeal and growth of our sport with a third race in the US,” said F1 president and CEO Greg Maffei.

“Las Vegas is a destination known around the world for its excitement, hospitality, thrills, and of course, the famous Strip.

“There is no better place for Formula One to race than in the global entertainment capital of the world and we cannot wait to be here next year.”

The Las Vegas location shows F1’s continued expansion in the US. Austin has hosted a race since 2012, while Miami will be making its debut in May.

The growing interest in the sport among the United States audience is said to be credited to the Netflix series “Drive to Survive.”

“Most of us experience the effect it’s had on the sport. There’s certainly been a lot of growth and I honestly see that most in America,” McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo said in October, while his teammate Lando Norris said, “I think it’s a cool thing. Coming to America there are so many people who are now into Formula One just because of watching’ Drive to Survive.’”