Gimenez Statement on Formula 1 Coming to Miami-Dade County

MIAMI, FL – Congressman Carlos A. Gimenez applauded the decision by Formula 1 (F1) to include the proposed Miami Grand Prix in the F1’s schedule for the next 10 years:

“This move by F1 to include Miami in its annual calendar proves that the policies and environment created during my time as Miami-Dade County Mayor to attract businesses for the region are working. F1’s inclusion of the Miami Grand Prix will not only help prove that South Florida continues to be a world-class destination, but it will bring with it a major $400 million economic boost, especially for industries hurt most during the COVID-19 pandemic. I want to thank and congratulate all those in Miami-Dade County government who were involved in bringing F1 to South Florida,” Gimenez said.

The 10-year contract to bring F1 to Miami received strong support from then-Miami-Dade County Mayor Gimenez in early 2020. On the heels of Super Bowl LIV, Gimenez pointed to the positive economic impact sporting events of this magnitude provide for the regional economy. Ultimately, the County Commission supported Gimenez’s push to allow F1 to race in Miami. Over the last several years, F1 has been making a push into the U.S. market with Miami becoming its 11th race based in the U.S.

With an annual audience of nearly 500 million worldwide and the average race attracting nearly 80 million viewers, the Miami Grand Prix will bring fans, spectators, and teams from all over the world to South Florida. The Hard Rock Stadium complex will host the annual Miami Grand Prix with the first iteration of the race set to take place in the spring of 2022.

Tom Garfinkel, the Vice-Chairman, President, and CEO of the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium, applauded Gimenez for his work in bringing the race to South Florida.

“Carlos Gimenez saw the vision for what this event could do for all of Miami-Dade County long-term and demonstrated balanced and thoughtful leadership throughout the process. We look forward to delivering an outstanding event that will make all of South Florida proud,” Garfinkel said.


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