Austin's F1 circuit.

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tim wood
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Re: Trouble brewing for Austin's F1 circuit?

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Robin Miller said last night on Wind Tunnel that COTA is looking to sign IndyCar for 2013. Three Texas IndyCar races?

http://www.speedtv.com/programs/wind-tu ... 98532001/1

Also, here's a new culturemap release from Kevin McCauley with 19 nice new photos of construction:

http://houston.culturemap.com/newsdetai ... sf_twitter

...and COTA just released some new ones as well:

http://circuitoftheamericas.com/article ... k-progress
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Re: Trouble brewing for Austin's F1 circuit?

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Here are 19 new images of COTA, shot today above Turn 1 by my buddy Vance from Facebook/FoF1ATX:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 878&type=1


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45 new construction shots I took this morning. Enjoy:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 878&type=1


Here are a few:

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Re: Trouble brewing for Austin's F1 circuit?

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tim wood wrote:Image


Looks like a new and innovative track feature. I'm not convinced that it'll create too much overtaking opportunities though. :hehe:
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Statesman: Development slow around COTA:

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/dev ... 76556.html
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Statesman: Dave Doolittle has updated the Austin IndyCar story, with new Robin Miller quotes...

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/ ... repor.html

SPEED: What about Austin (Texas) and the new Circuit of the Americas facility? Seems like an interesting opportunity?

Miller: Considering that they haven’t even held the first Formula One race there, it’s really interesting. They approached Randy and said, ‘Hey, let’s talk about you guys coming down here and racing.’ I think he’s been down there a couple of times and he’s going to keep talking to them. You keep hearing about the stories, about all the in-fighting down there, and what’s going to happen. But for me, the litmus test will be… what kind of crowd will the Formula One race draw? Then maybe you go from there in deciding whether or not you want to give it a shot. That’s the way I would look at it.

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SPEED: What do you think about Austin as a marketplace, and do you they would receive IndyCar well?

Miller: I don’t think anyone can answer that. You have Houston which is A.J. Foyt’s home. They had pretty good crowds at the old Houston street races, and now they are going back to Houston next year with Shell sponsorship around the Reliant Center. As we’ve talked about with the Texas Motor Speedway, it gets the second biggest crowd to Indianapolis every year for the IndyCar race there. There’s obviously some interest in Texas. Will there be enough interest for three races? I don’t know. I think that’s the real question. Can you have three races in Texas? Austin is pretty far removed from Houston and Dallas. I think it’s going to be a real tough sell for Formula One because ticket prices, from what I’ve been told, are insane. Seat licenses for a Formula One race? I get emails all the time from people telling me how incredible the ticket prices are and how they’ll not even be able to go to practice.
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Moto legend Kevin Schwantz was on Wind Tunnel last night:

http://www.speedtv.com//video/wind-tunn ... 01/1#_vtop

He talked about MotoGP rule changes for 2012, about how Austin/COTA need the MotoGP race, & how they need to contact Hellmund for those rights.
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Latest COTA aerial photo, shot today from a jet departing ABIA & tweeted by @cwerlin.

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Travis County Commissioners are ready to see COTA's Traffic & Emergency Plans.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/cou ... 81637.html

Saying Formula One race organizers do not have solid plans for road closures, traffic management, emergency services among items related to the November event, the Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously asked Tuesday that those plans be in place by June 1.

County staffers are expected to immediately send a letter to Circuit of the Americas officials, saying that they need to submit a traffic plan, a roadway plan, information for a mass-gathering permit, a public safety plan and a development permit, and send weekly letters citing any issues with the organizers adhering to the county's schedule, County Judge Sam Biscoe said in the commissioners' meeting Tuesday. The county also expects drafts for some of those plans by April 30.
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Re: Trouble brewing for Austin's F1 circuit?

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andrew wrote:
tim wood wrote:Image


Looks like a new and innovative track feature. I'm not convinced that it'll create too much overtaking opportunities though. :hehe:


LMFAO probably see people going off track when they get blood on the tires....

:rofl:
Not bad for a #2 driver
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Re: Trouble brewing for Austin's F1 circuit?

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geetface9 wrote:
andrew wrote:
tim wood wrote:Image


Looks like a new and innovative track feature. I'm not convinced that it'll create too much overtaking opportunities though. :hehe:


LMFAO probably see people going off track when they get blood on the tires....

:rofl:


It'll be a corner with a bit of bite to it.Image

:hehe:
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Paul Mitchell? Patron?

Jon Paul DeJoria will speak at a ceremony April 12 commemorating the capping of the COTA pit building.

http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/ ... stone.html





Also, here's some registration info for any experienced Marshalls wanting to help out:

http://www.circuitoftheamericas.com/volunteer
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Circuit of the Americas seeks assistance from Travis County for roadwork:

http://www.statesman.com/sports/formula ... 86326.html
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Re: Trouble brewing for Austin's F1 circuit?

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andrew wrote:
geetface9 wrote:
andrew wrote:
tim wood wrote:Image


Looks like a new and innovative track feature. I'm not convinced that it'll create too much overtaking opportunities though. :hehe:


LMFAO probably see people going off track when they get blood on the tires....

:rofl:


It'll be a corner with a bit of bite to it.Image

:hehe:


:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: Well done!!
Not bad for a #2 driver
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Re: Trouble brewing for Austin's F1 circuit?

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geetface9 wrote:
andrew wrote:
geetface9 wrote:
andrew wrote:
tim wood wrote:Image


Looks like a new and innovative track feature. I'm not convinced that it'll create too much overtaking opportunities though. :hehe:


LMFAO probably see people going off track when they get blood on the tires....

:rofl:


It'll be a corner with a bit of bite to it.Image

:hehe:


:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: Well done!!


Bruno Senna better keep his eyes open!!