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A Visit to the Port Imperial Grand Prix Circuit Part 3: An Interactive Guide

This is the third article in a series on a visit to the Port Imperial Circuit from Manhattan’s Grand Central Station, you can follow ‘F1 in America’ on twitter and Facebook for regular updates on this story and more photographs.

Below is an interactive circuit map for the GP of America with photos and locations marked along the circuit length. Links in pop up image windows show full size picture. Circuit is based on the latest released layout featured in Part 1 of this story.

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Alexander Rossi Signed as Caterham’s Test Driver


Alexander Rossi Test: Abu Dhabi 11/17/11


American Alexander Rossi has been signed as Caterham F1 Team’s test driver, it has been announced today.

The Californian is the first American F1 driver in the sport since 2007, and a US driver’s return to the sport couldn’t have been better timed with Austin’s first race on the calendar later this November at Circuit of the Americas.

Photos of Alex’s F1 rookie test last November in Abu Dhabi with the team are posted here on F1 in America’s Facebook page.

In addition to testing for Caterham, Alex will continue to race in the World Series by Renault with the Arden Caterham team, and said “I am very eager for World Series by Renault testing to begin next week and to get down to work, where I’ll be running with Arden Caterham in the classic green and yellow colors. The 2011 season was good, but now I have that experience under my belt and I’m determined to fight for the championship throughout the 2012 season.”


Alexander Rossi: America's First F1 Driver in 5 Years


Caterham F1 Team principal Tony Fernandes commented that “We see 2012 as an important year for Alexander as he will be combining a full calendar in World Series by Renault, a championship he has a very good chance of winning, with his Test Driver role and giving him the chance to take part in FP1 gives him the platform from which he can grow into an even bigger F1 role.”

America looks forward to seeing Alex drive in the sport, and you can show your support:  Follow him here on twitter and Facebook.

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Ron Howard’s ‘Rush’ Gathers Momentum


James Hunt, Niki Lauda, Sweden © The Cahier Archive


In the midst of last Summer’s release of the critically acclaimed ‘Senna’ and a new grand prix at Circuit of the Americas, another Formula 1 project was taking shape with a production and cast directly from Hollywood.  ‘Rush’, a new film about the 1976 F1 season, is Oscar-winner Ron Howard’s latest project, and it was announced this week that principal photography has begun in Europe.

The story will focus on the battle between legendary playboy James Hunt (played by Chris Hemsworth) and the meticulous Niki Lauda (played by Daniel Brühl), with the movie’s story taking place both on and off the track.


Niki Lauda © The Cahier Archive

Daniel Brühl

Daniel Bruhl (Inglorious Basterds) plays the 3 time world champion Niki Lauda.


James Hunt © The Cahier Archive

Australian Chris Hemsworth (Thor) has been cast as legendary playboy and 1976 world champion James Hunt.

Chris Hemsworth


Details of the film’s release date are not official, but a Hollywood / Formula 1 opening sometime before or at the inaugural Grand Prix of America in June of 2013 wouldn’t be a surprise.

If you can’t wait that long for the sights of F1 in the 70’s, good news:  @RealRonHoward is the director’s official twitter account and has been featuring a steady stream of behind-the-scenes action recently featuring vintage cars and sets:


"@RealRonHoward: Setting one of over 25 camera positions today ... "


Before filming began, Variety reported ‘Rush’ had been sold in 30 international markets for distribution, a feat not surprising with the top-level talent involved.  Since interest in the sport has also been growing domestically, American moviegoers and F1 fans alike will be following ‘Rush’ to the silver screen next year to see F1 history through the lens of one of Hollywood’s great directors.


Daniel Brühl as Niki Lauda


Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt


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