Formula 1 Grand Prix! Austin, Texas! For Real?

Today my personal e-mail Inbox blew up!  I received ALL sorts of Internet chatter & some interesting links about Formula 1 & Bernie Ecclestone, setting up for Formula 1 to race in the Austin, Texas environs.  The exact location is still not known, but many rumors are already afoot.  The contract is slated to run from 2012 to 2021.

2010 Formula 1 - a detailed visual overview

A few years back, there was word of a Formula 1 style track facility to be built somewhere west of Austin, to be called the Bergrennenring.  I recall reading something about that, but it seemed to have died in the vine.  The last post to their blog was in February, 2008.

Bergrennenring logo

This time round there is some major name dropping going on:

  • Bernie Ecclestone, the “grand poobah” of F1 himself is quoted
  • Rick Perry, the Governor of Texas, puts his promotional 2 cents in
  • Lee Leffingwell, the Mayor of Austin is rightly impressed

“This is a case of the right timing in the right place,” said Austin-based Tavo Hellmund, the managing partner of race promoter Full Throttle Productions, a special event and sports production company that was formed in 2005.

Based on all the Internet chatter, this is something so very many in the regional motorsports community are looking forward to.  Here’s the major article links I have found.  Go ahead, read them at your leisure:

Thanks to Monica, SPOKES member, here’s the one quote that sums all this up best!

Something being announced in Formula 1 doesn’t mean it’ll actually happen.

Racing Ready thought that IndyCar was the only professional series of world class open wheel racing, to be available nearby.  The next one is the Firestone 550K, at the Texas Motor Speedway.  This race takes place on June 5th, 2010.

Well, now we’ve a sense of world class racing hope!  This will make South/Central Texas more of an authentic motorsports activity hub.  We’ll see what develops…


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