THE SIDELINES : Date for 1990 Grand Prix Disputed
Phoenix International Raceway owner Buddy Jobe is threatening to sue the city unless a dispute involving the date of the 1990 Phoenix Grand Prix is resolved within the next two months.
The inaugural Formula One race here was held June 2-4 and drew just 31,000 spectators for the final day of racing as track conditions reached 120 degrees.
Organizers said they would like to move next year’s event to the last Sunday in March or the first Sunday in November, when the weather is cooler.
Bernie Ecclestone, president of Formula One’s governing body, said he would like the race moved to November as the season-ending site of the 16-city world tour.
However, that would put the race in direct competition with the NASCAR Winston West Autoworks 500 set for Nov. 5.