Formula 1 has confirmed that the Las Vegas Grand Prix will join the FIA Formula One World Championship in 2023, just weeks before the inaugural Miami Grand Prix.
The long-awaited news of a night race in Las Vegas has been confirmed by Formula One, with the city entering the schedule in 2023. The race will take place on a Saturday night in November, the exact date of which has yet to be determined.
Negotiations for the race have been heating up, with sources claiming that F1’s senior executives met with municipal officials as recently as February. The race has already been officially confirmed, and it will feature the famous Las Vegas Strip’s notable sights and attractions.
Among the attractions are some of the world’s most famous landmarks, hotels, and casinos. The dazzling neon lights of Las Vegas will serve as the background for Formula One’s third race in the United States, demonstrating the immense enthusiasm and excitement for the sport in the United States as it continues to build its global fan base.
The sport will collaborate with Live Nation Entertainment and the LVCVA, as well as Founding Partners Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International, and Wynn Las Vegas, and Presenting Partners MSG Sphere, Resorts World Las Vegas, and The Venetian Resort.
“This is an incredible moment for Formula 1 that demonstrates the huge appeal and growth of our sport with a third race in the US,” president and chief executive of Formula 1, Stefano Domenicali said.
“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 1 to race than in the global entertainment capital of the world and we cannot wait to be here next year.”
Greg Maffei, Liberty Media President and CEO, added: “Iconic Las Vegas and Formula 1, the pinnacle of motorsport, is the perfect marriage of speed and glamour.”
“Our confidence in this unique opportunity is evident in our decision to assume the promoter role for the Las Vegas Grand Prix in partnership with Live Nation.”
“We could not be more excited to work with our local partners to create a marquee event,” he added.
“The potential of Formula 1 has been well demonstrated over the last several seasons and the Las Vegas GP will only take it to the next level.”
Formula 1 had previously failed to gain traction in the United States, notably after a disastrous six-car race at Indianapolis in 2005 wreaked havoc on the sport’s reputation.
However, it has grown in popularity in the United States, which will hold the Miami Grand Prix in May and the United States Grand Prix in Austin in October this year.
“We eagerly anticipate the moment when the history, energy and momentum of Formula One will culminate in an unforgettable Saturday night on the Las Vegas Strip,” said Steve Hill, the CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
“Spectators will experience the unrivaled thrill of watching these world-class drivers race through what is sure to become one of the most iconic racetracks in the world.”
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