Ecclestone casts doubt on New Jersey race

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Bernie Ecclstone has cast doubt on the proposed grand prix in New Jersey next season, saying that he is unsure whether or not it will go ahead.

In an interview with British F1 broadcasters, the BBC, Ecclestone was certain that the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi will go ahead, but he could not give the same answer when it came to New Jersey.

“I’m not sure, I have no idea about that,” Ecclestone said.

He did however reveal that a decision would be made in the coming few months.

When asked about a time scale for a final decision over the race, Ecclestone said “another couple of months.”

Pundit Eddie Jordan reinforced Ecclestone’s words: “New Jersey, you can forget it for the moment.”

This will undoubtedly come as a blow to many American Formula One fans who were hoping to secure a second race for 2014, following the returning United States Grand Prix last season at the Circuit of the Americas. Although Ecclestone has not made a final decision over the race, it seems that he is more focused on securing Russia’s place on the calendar next season, instead of a second race in the USA.

Here’s who were picking to win the Indy 500 — who are YOU picking?

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Several members of the NBC Sports motorsports staff have made their predictions on who will win Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Of the six voters, two are going with 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden, while two others are going with Helio Castroneves to win a fourth 500, which would tie him with A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears.

Here’s our picks. Who are YOU picking?

Leigh Diffey: Helio Castroneves — He drives the place better than anyone else. For me (for what its worth) he deserves a fourth 500 ring for the frustration he went through never getting the IndyCar title!

Townsend Bell: Josef Newgarden

Nate Ryan: Simon Pagenaud — All of his 2018 misfortune on the track has disappeared in May, and it culminates in the biggest victory of his career.

Jerry Bonkowski: Helio Castroneves – There’s no pressure as he pursues his fourth Indy 500 win. All Helio has to do, as late NFL owner Al Davis would say, is “Just win, baby!” (But if Helio falls short, watch for Marco Andretti)

Kyle Lavigne: Josef Newgarden — I think he has everything he needs to get it done this year.

Dan Beaver: Robert Wickens – Has driven like anything except a rookie and his second-place finish at Phoenix proves he’s just as good on an oval as the road courses.

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