Las Vegas Grand Prix: How a plan 40 years in the making finally came to fruition
BBC Sport says A plan 40 years in the making finally becomes reality this weekend, when Formula 1 holds a grand prix on the famous Las Vegas Strip.
F1 is going all out to make an impression. It hopes to create the most spectacular event the sport has ever staged, and has so far spent more than £500m on the Las Vegas Grand Prix.
That outlay includes £196m on buying a plot of land, and a further £327m on erecting a permanent pit building and preparing the track.
A lavish opening ceremony has been planned for Wednesday, with a host of music stars, including Kylie Minogue, Andra Day, Keith Urban and Journey, and featuring appearances by all the teams and drivers.
The race will be held on a 3.85-mile track around the Las Vegas streets, the centrepiece of which is a two-kilometre (1.24-mile) run down the famous Strip, home of all the major casino hotels.
The city is expecting 105,000 spectators on each of the three days of track action, culminating in the grand prix itself, unusually running on a Saturday night and with a start time of 22:00 (06:00 GMT on Sunday).