JUNE 22, 1998
If there is an agreement we would expect the event to be known as the Indianapolis Grand Prix. This would leave open the opportunity for a United States GP to be held elsewhere. F1 has not had a race in the US since Phoenix in 1991 but there are currently five projects under discussion: Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Atlanta, San Francisco and Dallas.
While Las Vegas remains a possible site for a race, Atlanta is not likely as the circuit owner Don Panoz says he is not willing to pay the money Ecclestone is demanding. There has been little evidence of a serious project in Dallas but San Francisco's Mayor Willie Brown turned up at the Monaco Grand Prix, increasing speculation that he is serious about a race. In a newspaper interview last week Brown said that he is looking at the year 2001 and the most likely site for a race would be on a circuit overlooking San Francisco Bay at the old Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, in the southern part of the city between Downtown and the airport, and close to Candlestick Park, the home of the San Francisco 49ers.