2014 F1 schedule finalized without New Jersey, Mexico, and Korea

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Formula One’s final 2014 schedule has now been confirmed by the FIA’s World Motorsport Council and will feature 19 races, dropping the Grand Prix of America and races in Mexico and Korea from the most recent provisional calendar that was released in September.

Officials from the GP of America, which was to take place June 1, 2014 in Weehawken, New Jersey, visited the Circuit of the Americas last month for meetings during the United States Grand Prix weekend.

At that time, Chris Pook, one of the GP of America’s executives, told MotorSportsTalk’s Tony DiZinno that plans for the race were progressing along.

But now, the proposed second Grand Prix here in the States has been taken off the calendar for a second time and will have to wait until at least 2015.

Additionally, the Korean Grand Prix has lost its place following a four-year run at Yeongam, South Korea, and Mexico must also wait one more year for another chance to get back on the F1 calendar; F1 has not visited our neighbors to the south since 1992.

Multiple changes have taken place on the final schedule as a result of all of this. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is now slated to be the season finale after having been listed for Oct. 26, 2014 on the provisional calendar, while the United States Grand Prix has moved up from Nov. 9 (provisional) to Nov. 2, 2014; the Brazilian Grand Prix now takes over the USGP’s previous spot on Nov. 9.

2014 FIA Formula One World Championship
Final Schedule

March 16 – Australian Grand Prix
March 30 – Malaysian Grand Prix
April 6 – Bahrain Grand Prix
April 20 – Chinese Grand Prix
May 11 – Spanish Grand Prix
May 25 – Monaco Grand Prix
June 8 – Canadian Grand Prix
June 22 – Austrian Grand Prix
July 6 – British Grand Prix
July 20 – German Grand Prix at Hockenheim
July 27 – Hungarian Grand Prix
August 24 – Belgian Grand Prix
September 7 – Italian Grand Prix
September 21 – Singapore Grand Prix
October 5 – Japanese Grand Prix
October 12 – Russian Grand Prix
November 2 – United States Grand Prix
November 9 – Brazilian Grand Prix
November 23 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

NHRA Gatornationals: John Force has another spectacular motor explosion

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Legendary NHRA Funny Car driver John Force endured yet another spectacular motor explosion – his third in the NHRA’s first three national event races – during Friday’s qualifying at the Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida.

It’s the kind of consistency the 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ could do without.

The 68-year-old Force came to Gainesville hoping to break the jinx that saw him endure explosions in both the season-opening Winternationals and the second race of the season in Phoenix.

Both motor explosions sent Force to the hospital for examination before he returned to the race track.

Friday, even though the motor in his Chevrolet Camaro blew up again (in the second round of qualifying), at least this time, Force didn’t wind up in the hospital.

He did have his right hand bandaged from a cut suffered in the explosion, but did not have to go to the hospital this time.

He even joked about not having to add yet another ambulance bill to the nearest Gainesville hospital.

But the explosion still proved costly.

“That was another body and that hurts the financial (bottomline),” Force said. “I was out $500,000 to $600,000, and now we are probably out $800,000, going on a million. In drag racing, you have to be tough.”

He ended the day qualifying 14th, not a very comfortable position with two more rounds of qualifying set for Saturday.

Force continues to be mystified why the motors keep exploding.

“I really thought we had it, I thought we were there,” Force said. “In the first round we drove it 500 feet and shut it off. It looked great. We ran it again that run and I was only going to drive it 800 feet even if we didn’t make The Show.”

Force will attempt to improve his qualifying spot during Saturday’s final two rounds to make Sunday’s eliminations.

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