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Las Vegas Grand Prix

Circuit Caesars Palace.png
Las Vegas Grand Prix
Flag 10px
Circuit Caesars Palace
Las Vegas, NV
Laps 75
Circuit length km 3.650
Circuit length mi
Race length km 273.750
Race length mi
Most wins driver 22px-Flag of Australia.png Alan Jones (1)

3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Michele Alboreto (1)

Most wins constructor 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams (1)
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tyrrell (1)
Current year 1982
Winner 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Michele Alboreto
Winning team 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tyrrell-Ford
Winning time 1:41:56.888
Pole driver 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost
Pole team 22px-Flag of France.png Renault
Pole time 1:16.356
Fastest lap driver 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Michele Alboreto
Fastest lap team 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tyrrell-Ford
Fastest lap 1:19.639


The Las Vegas Grand Prix was a car race which was a Formula One World Championship event in 1981 and 1982.

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 the 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 materized. 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.

Winners of the Las Vegas Grand Prix

The Formula One races in 1981 and 1982 were officially called the Las Vegas Grand Prix.
The Indycar races 1983-84 were officially called Caesars Palace Grand Prix.

Year Driver Constructor Location Report
1982 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford Caesars Palace - Las Vegas Report
1981 22px-Flag of Australia.png Alan Jones Williams-Ford Caesars Palace - Las Vegas Report

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