F1 needs Las Vegas to get a strong foothold in the US, Las Vegas to hold a Grand Prix?

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F1 needs Las Vegas to get a strong foothold in the US, Las Vegas to hold a Grand Prix?

NASCAR star Kurt Busch believes that F1 will have a better chance of getting a strong presence in the United States if he gets a race in a major city like Las Vegas.

A plan is being made to get a race in Las Vegas within the next couple of years, with F1 group chief executive Bernie Ecclestone eager to add a second race in America alongside its current home in Austin, Texas.

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Busch, who currently live in Las Vegas, believes that getting the right location for a big racing event like the F1 grand prix is key. When asked by Motorsport.com about the idea of an F1 race in Vegas, Busch replied with the statement:

“Austin was the American dream; you build it and they will come,” Busch said via the Motorsport.com. “It worked, but it is difficult to get returns, and people to come again and again and again.

Recently, the city’s hopes of getting a Formula 1 race in the near future has been boosted after a Beijing-based conglomerate has indicated it will help bankroll a race plan that is being put together by American entrepreneur Farid Shidfar and his P2M Motorsports company. This could also mean that Las Vegas could appear on the calendar as soon as next year.

F1 insiders believe that a Las Vegas event could be big and might rival even F1’s flagship, the Monaco Grand Prix, as it would see cars past landmark casinos like the Bellagio and Caesar’s Palace.

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Kurt Thomas Busch is an American professional stock car racing driver that competes full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 41 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing. He is a second-generation racing driver.

Kurt’s father, Busch has also competed for Furniture Row Racing, Phoenix Racing, Penske Racing, and Roush Racing. The 37-years-old NASCAR driver has become one of only twenty-three drivers to win races in all three of NASCAR’s top divisions: the Sprint Cup Series, the Nationwide Series, and the Camping World Truck Series.

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