The Las Vegas Grand Prix was a huge success for sportsbooks, despite initially being met with controversy and legal issues. Caesars Sportsbooks set a record for the total betting handle for any motorsports event, and other entities such as BetMGM, Station Casinos, Westgate SuperBook, and Red Rock Resort also reported record handles for the F1 race. The full impact of the race will be understood next month when the Nevada Gaming Control Board releases its monthly report for November.
However, one issue that still remains a subject of debate is the late-night start time of the race. While it was chosen to minimize disruption to local citizens who had endured months of headaches due to track construction, efforts are being made to ensure an earlier start time for future races. The 10 p.m. local start time, which was 1 a.m. on the East Coast, has prompted pushback from drivers and team executives who are traveling from Europe and have urged for an earlier start time to aid in their time-zone acclimation.