Speed Revs Up U.S. Grand Prix F1 Plans

Austin, Texas, Event On Nov. 16 Gets Comprehensive Coverage
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Formula 1 racing is returning to the United States next month after five years’ absence, and Speed plans start-to-finish live coverage with a few extras thrown in.

The United States Grand Prix, from Austin, Texas, is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 16. Fox Sports Media Group outlet Speed, which has aired F1 racing since 1996, will carry the race live from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Eastern. It also will air practice sessions on Friday and Saturday, and qualifying on Saturday, which determines the racers’ position on the starting grid.

Speed said its two and a half-hour F1 Live show will include features on the building of the track and a live edition of F1 Debrief.

Online, Speed.com will stream four on-board cameras during all sessions.

The last time a Formula 1 event was held in this country was in Indianapolis in 2007, according to a network official.

A second U.S. event, being organized in part by former cable-operating executive Leo J. Hindery Jr. for a site along the Palisades in Weehawken and West New York, N.J., is on track to be held next June, Hindery told Bloomberg Businessweek in an interview published today.