APRIL 13, 1998
Ecclestone in America
Bernie then went on to visit San Francisco where the mayor Willie Brown is backing a scheme to run a race in the PresidioÊparkland, close to the Golden Gate bridge. This is not thought likely to happen if the race in Vegas goes ahead and Ecclestone himself says that the city is not perfect for F1 as the coverage of any race would be arriving in Europe and Asia in the middle of the night.
Ecclestone then went on to Long Beach where he met with Chris Pook. Pook recently floated the company which runs the race and is working on a number of other projects across the US, notably in Atlanta and in Dallas. It is possible that Bernie would agree to a second GP in the US if one could be organized on the East Coast. Bernie remains convinced that the best location for a race in the east is central Florida but the negotiations which took place with Disney have long since faded.