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Old 8 Dec 2004, 01:32 (Ref:1174014)   #1
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San Jose race is approved

At least that's what Mark C. has posted at the top of his homepage over at Spyplanes. We should know pretty soon.
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Old 8 Dec 2004, 01:38 (Ref:1174016)   #2
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It's official now. From sfgate.com:
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Northern California's largest city will host a Grand Prix open-wheel street race in July after the San Jose city council approved a measure Tuesday to help fund the race.
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Old 8 Dec 2004, 01:58 (Ref:1174019)   #3
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Whelp, to be honest, I'm surprised this passed.

I guess that pretty much 'does Laguna in' for next year. Another one bites the dust.
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Old 8 Dec 2004, 02:27 (Ref:1174028)   #4
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It is definitely a shame to lose Laguna, assuming that is what is going to happen. Hopefully the San Jose track turns out to produce better racing than we believe its going to.
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Old 8 Dec 2004, 08:47 (Ref:1174176)   #5
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How do the logistics for something this large happen so quickly? Do they rent Long Beach's seats and walls for the first year and then buy their own later? Does the promoter handle these things? Anyone know? Very curious...
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Old 8 Dec 2004, 09:52 (Ref:1174207)   #6
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This, from the ChampCar website:
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In addition to the auto race itself, plans for the San Josť Grand Prix call for a week of activities including concerts, fairs, charity events and promotional activities. The festival is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of fans to Northern California's largest city and become a mainstay on the Champ Car World Series calendar.

Under the proposal, the City and the San Josť Redevelopment Agency will invest $650,000 toward the $3 million infrastructure costs to install and remove barriers, equipment and street improvements needed for the race.

Over the next ten years, revenues from the event would repay the public investment with interest. Event revenues and Canary Fund Enterprises would pay the balance of the project cost.

Canary Fund Enterprises, an affiliate of Canary Fund, will produce the San Josť Grand Prix.
Ten years? Some hockey clubs don't even stay in the same city for that long!

This will likely prove to be the end of Laguna, and that's sad in its own right, but OWRS have said time-and-time-again that they will be market-driven. As much as we may hate to admit it, this is the only way for the series to grow and prosper.

Now, if we could only get the city councillors to cough up the money to build a 2-mile superspeedway in the downtown core...
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Old 8 Dec 2004, 15:20 (Ref:1174440)   #7
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They've changed the track. Now that horrible southern loop is gone. Still, it's not that long a track. Only 1.5 miles.

The track is better than before, but I still hold reservations about how much of a passing area the backstraight chicane will be.

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Old 8 Dec 2004, 16:59 (Ref:1174538)   #8
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From what I just read off my Yahoo page, the San Jose race is a GO!
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Old 8 Dec 2004, 19:25 (Ref:1174691)   #9
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It is a go San Jose Tickets
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Old 8 Dec 2004, 21:47 (Ref:1174813)   #10
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they have edited the track thou right, they arent using the southern loop.
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^ So does this mean that the new track is not as long as the old design?
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Old 12 Dec 2004, 20:18 (Ref:1177834)   #12
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I know its a bit early but is anyone here planning on attending?
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Old 12 Dec 2004, 21:36 (Ref:1177873)   #13
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It's a shame this appears at the cost of Laguna. Like said above, OWRS are marketing driven and if they won't go to the show, send the show down their steet at 200mph.

The track doesn't look all that inspiring, but it does look fast.
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the track layout has been officially opened by jimmy Vasser.

Im not sure of the layout at all but I found this article about it all.

http://www.sanjosegrandprix.com/news_010605.html
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Thanks for the link, Marcus. Here's the track layout:

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