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Coordinates: 36°07′1″N 115°10′30″W / 36.11694°N 115.175°W / 36.11694; -115.175

Flag of the United States.svg Caesars Palace Grand Prix
Caesars Palace - Las Vegas
Circuit Caesars Palace.png
Race information
Laps 75
Circuit length 3.650 km (2.268 mi)
Race length 273.750 km (170.100 mi)
Number of times held 4
First held 1981
Last held 1984
Most wins (drivers) no repeat winners
Most wins (constructors) no repeat winners
Last race (1984):
Pole position United States Danny Sullivan
Lola-Ford
32.952
Podium 1. United States Tom Sneva
March-Ford
2:08:13.55
2. United States Mario Andretti
Lola-Ford

3. United States John Paul, Jr.
March-Ford
Fastest lap

The Caesars Palace Grand Prix was a car race which was a Formula One World Championship event in 1981 and 1982. Nissan/Datsun was a presenting sponsor of both races.[1]

When Watkins Glen went off the schedule after 1980, F1 continued to look west and put an event in Las Vegas for the 1981 campaign. The new race ended the year, whereas Long Beach started it, but it was not popular among the drivers, primarily because of the desert heat. The track was laid out in the parking lot of the Caesars Palace hotel and was surprisingly well set up for a temporary circuit: wide enough for overtaking, it provided ample run-off areas filled with sand, and had a surface that was as smooth as glass. Its counter-clockwise direction, however, put a tremendous strain on the drivers' necks. When Nelson Piquet clinched his first World Championship by finishing fifth in 1981, it took him fifteen minutes to recover from heat exhaustion after barely making it to the finish. The 1982 race was won by Michele Alboreto in a Tyrrell, but that was the end of Formula One racing in Las Vegas since the races had drawn only tiny crowds.

There have been speculative rumours of a return of a Las Vegas Grand Prix to the F1 calendar. In fact, the 1995 Indianapolis 500 program advertised a possible street circuit along The Strip, but it never materialized. After the 2005 U.S. Grand Prix at Indianapolis, rumors again circulated, however, it is one of many circuit linked with future races, and a strict limit on the number of races in a year means Las Vegas is not a favourite for a race.

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Winners of the Caesars Palace Grand Prix

A pink background indicates an event which was not part of the Formula One World Championship.

Year Driver Constructor Location Report
1984 United States Tom Sneva March-Ford Caesars Palace - Las Vegas Report
1983 United States Mario Andretti Lola-Ford Caesars Palace - Las Vegas Report
1982 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Caesars Palace - Las Vegas Report
1981 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford Caesars Palace - Las Vegas Report

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1982/08/19/business/advertising-nissan-promotion.html?sec=&spon=

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Coordinates: 36°07′1″N 115°10′30″W / 36.11694°N 115.175°W / 36.11694; -115.175

File:Flag of the United Caesars Palace Grand Prix
Caesars Palace - Las Vegas
File:Circuit Caesars
Race information
Laps 75
Circuit length 3.650 km (2.268 mi)
Race length 273.750 km (170.100 mi)
Number of times held 2
First held 1981
Last held 1982
Most wins (drivers) no repeat winners
Most wins (constructors) no repeat winners
Last race (1982):
Pole position Alain Prost
Renault
1:16:356
Podium 1. Michele Alboreto
Tyrrell-Ford
1:41:56.888
2. John Watson
McLaren-Ford
+ 27.292
3. Eddie Cheever
Ligier-Matra
+ 56.450
Fastest lap Michele Alboreto
Tyrrell-Ford
1:19.639

The Caesars Palace Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race in 1981 and 1982. Nissan/Datsun was a presenting sponsor of both races.[1]

When Watkins Glen left the F1 schedule after 1980, the Caesars Palacd GP took its place. The track was set up in the parking lot of the Caesars Palace hotel. It was surprisingly well set up for a temporary circuit. It was wide enough for passing, provided ample run-off areas filled with sand, and had a surface that was as smooth as glass. Its counter-clockwise direction put a tremendous strain on the drivers' necks. 1982 was the end of Formula One racing in Las Vegas. The races had drawn only tiny crowds.

In 1983 and 1984, CART ran Grands Prix races on the same circuit.

Contents

Winners of the Caesars Palace Grand Prix

Year Driver Constructor Location
1982 Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Caesars Palace - Las Vegas
1981 Alan Jones Williams-Ford Caesars Palace - Las Vegas

See also

References

  1. "ADVERTISING; Nissan Promotion". nytimes.com. The New York Times Company. 1982-08-19. http://www.nytimes.com/1982/08/19/business/advertising-nissan-promotion.html?sec=&spon=. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 

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