Vettel makes test run in Jersey

Formula One racers compete against some of the world’s fastest drivers. Now, they’re taking on New Jersey roads.

Defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel drove a 3.2-mile course in Weehawken and West New York to demonstrate the planned route for next year’s Grand Prix of America race.

Some roads were closed near the northern New Jersey waterfront as Vettel toured the route Monday. But vehicles parked on the streets didn’t have to move.

Vettel made the trip in an Infiniti IPL G Coupe. Race organizers say the roads weren’t properly surfaced yet for Vettel to take the kind of car that can reach speeds up to 200 mph. He didn’t exceed 40 mph during the test run.

Auto racing officials and Gov. Chris Christie in 2011 announced a 10-year agreement with the F1 series.