Eyewitness Proof of Austin Formula 1 Track

Sunday, November 14th, 2010, I motored up to the environs of Elroy, Texas.  This was to visit the proposed site of the Austin Formula 1 USGP racing complex.

Proposed site for Formula 1 Racing in Austin 2012

I wanted to get a “before” general overview of the site.  I was with my visiting brother, Stephen, and I made the following statement:

“I am both unimpressed & overwhelmed!”

Unimpressed – the location seems to be in the middle of rural nowhere, about 10 miles & 15 minutes east of Interstate 35, & about 2 miles south of the Austin Bergstrom International Airport.
Overwhelmed – there is SO much that will have to be completed, made up from nothing.  What a HUGE job it will be!

It was hard to get any sort of land site picture from ground level.  Here’s a view from the south, looking to the north northwest – note the existing Exxon gas station off to the right.

Austin USGP Formula 1 Track Site - Before Panorama, from the south, looking north, nortwest!

This the mapped location of the panorama view shown above…the traced yellow “V” is the location photographed, the blue arrow indicates north.

Map of FM Road 812 - the southern border of the Austin USGP Formula 1 track site

Upon leaving the area, I saw a heavy truck entrance, identified by small (4″ to 6″) limestone rocks.  They were leading off the road’s shoulder onto the track property.  I noticed this at the last minute, as I drove by, & saw a brilliant flush of green.  I turned around & pulled Karlino over.  This area was what I’ll call an environmental testing site.  See for yourself:

Austin USGP Formula 1 Track Site - Karlino at the Environmental Test Site, from across FM Road 812.

Austin USGP Formula 1 Track Site - Environmental Test Site close up...

Austin USGP Formula 1 Track Site - Karlino at the Environmental Test Site, looking west down FM Road 812.

Based on that stake placed by the culvert (in the picture above), this test site looks to be the work of Terracon, a firm of consulting engineers and scientists.

I had no idea what to expect & was pleased to visit the area.  I can only imagine what things will look like as they evolve the site.  I wonder what will become of this Exxon convenience store…

Austin USGP Formula 1 Track Site - the humble convenience store-gas station

Austin USGP Formula 1 Track Site - Looking west from the convenience store.

Racing Ready will continue to keep you up to date on this as it continues to develop!


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6 thoughts on “Eyewitness Proof of Austin Formula 1 Track”

  1. Those test plots are the 2 versions of parking they are studying. Think of an egg-crate with the bottom cut off, covered in dirt and planted with grass. The egg-crate suspends the vehicle above the root structure, so the grass will remain undamaged.

    It also allows great drainage when rained on, so the parking areas will not become a mud-pit. The egg-crate reinforcement still allows driving on it even when saturated…very cool stuff. It’ll mean that the areas around the track will be GREEN, not blacktop. Should be beautiful…can’t wait to see it in 2012.

  2. @jraymond, I remember parking areas in Germany having brickwork like that, which allowed grass to grow, but was still a solid surface to drive on. It would be excellent if they can incorporate that.
    @Dan, thanks for checking the place out. I live in FTW and will definitely be in attendance in 2012. Keep us updated!

  3. Bro . Pinnex Just got home from the trip and wanted to tell you thank you again for the oprtutunipy to be a part of the missions trip. My wife and I had our hearts touched for this difficult and unique mission field. We will defin itley be praying for you luke 18:1Love the Allens

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