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BREAKING NEWS: Formula 1 Coming To Austin

Racing | May 25th, 2010 by 11

BMW pulled out of the Formula 1 and all of us have been sad ever since, but that doesn’t stop us from loving the ultimate …

BMW pulled out of the Formula 1 and all of us have been sad ever since, but that doesn’t stop us from loving the ultimate racing competition in the world, Formula 1. To our surprise, the F1 championship returns to the U.S. on a real track and not the improvised, unattractive and boring “oval” found at Indianapolis.

Bernie Ecclestone, President and CEO of the Formula One Group announced today that “For the first time in the history of Formula One in the United States, a world-class facility will be purpose-built to host the event.” The city chosen? Austin, Texas.

The last Formula 1 Gran Prix in United States took place in 2007.
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We are uber excited to have the F1 show return and we look forward to a full racing weekend in the beautiful, sunny Austin.

“For the first time in the history of Formula One in the United States, a world-class facility will be purpose-built to host the event. It was thirty years ago that the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ was last held on a purpose-built permanent road course circuit in Watkins Glen, NY (1961-1980), which enjoyed great success. Since then, Formula One has been hosted by Long Beach, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas and Phoenix all on temporary street circuits. Indianapolis joined the ranks of host cities in 2000 when they added a road course inside the famed oval. Lewis Hamilton won the last Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ in 2007, signalling the end to eight years at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This however, will be the first time a facility is constructed from the ground up specifically for Formula One in the US.”

[Source: Formula 1 via Jalopnik ]

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1055790044 Alvin Wong

    No offense to any Texans here, but Austin?! Seriously?

    There are better cities in the US. Really.

  • Matt Davis

    We should be thanking, Austin, not telling them there are better cities. My guess is, it took some really hard work and a great love for Formula 1 racing to bring this event back to the states and to Austin. I’m very excited. See you there!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1055790044 Alvin Wong

      True. It is good to see F1 finally come back to the US, but the locale chosen is just puzzling.

  • http://sn8.org teflon

    The track isn’t built. The site for the unbuilt track hasn’t been identified, or probably purchased. This isn’t happening in 2012 in Austin, if at all.

    http://formula-one.speedtv.com/article/f1-austin-promoter-still-looking-for-site/

  • tweer

    But Americans don’t like corners, surely they won’t understand it at all?

    • Doug

      Yes, we have removed all corners from roads here in America as they serve no practical purpose ;)

  • Nizer

    Just keep Tilke away from the design process and it might have a fighting chance of not becoming another cookie-cutter parking lot track.

  • JDoorbar

    I think Austin is the perfect place – the terrain, the climate, and the nightlife. In fact, I can’t think of a better place. I’d be curious to know what a better location would be. Ambience is everything and what hopefully we all want is that it will attract big interest so F1 can STAY in the US! Rick Perry, the governor, has been interested in attracting F1 there for a long time and encouraged big companies to invest and promote. That coupled with big private funding will give it the best chance to work. With regard to land purchase – that is the least of their worries it’s not lack of availability – just choice. Fingers crossed! Whatever track design they decide will be F1 driven you can bet on that!

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  • http://www.betbonus.ro bonus pariuri

    Being a foreigner, and also not living in the states, all i can say is if you get it right, your city and state will see the benefit, and believe that you are the envy of many countries and cities around the world. In some ways im lucky being in europe as we have so many choices of races to visit but the cost of tickets is ridiculous, where as with the spectators set up the way it is in america tickets will be significantly cheaper. all i hope is that this track is better than Tilke’s other efforts, which are quite dull, but to be fair he has to work to modern safety constraints – barrier placement, sufficient run off’s etc – that other older tracks such as spa francorchamps never had to worry about when they were built / designed. so once again, support it and enjoy it as if it works and you get behind it you will see the benefit that F1 can bring

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