The city commission voted 5-0 Thursday to bring a grand prix to downtown, starting in 2019.
Once upon a time, the name in racing was Mario Andretti. The Italian with the killer sideburns owned racing in the 1970s and ’80s. He took checkered flags in Formula One, IndyCar, World Sportscar Championship, and Nascar. But Andretti’s best second-place was a front-row seat to one of the greatest moments in open-wheel racing history: Danny Sullivan’s epic spin-and-winin the 1985 Indianapolis 500.
That was 33 years ago, though. And it was IndyCar, Formula One’s less regal sister. How many Americans these days have a modern F1 highlight to relive around the water cooler?
But, with a vote of 5-0, the flags will once again be waving in South Florida.
Thursday afternoon the Miami City Commission approved Resolution No.22 to “bring the Formula 1 Racing Circuit to the City of Miami for the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix from 2019 to 2028.” A U.S. expansion of the famed European racing league has been variously attempted for years; it’s a top priority for Liberty Media Corp., the new F1 owner. Las Vegas and New York (technically, New Jersey) have also been discussed.