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.
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.
This the mapped location of the panorama view shown above…the traced yellow “V” is the location photographed, the blue arrow indicates north.
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:
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…
Racing Ready will continue to keep you up to date on this as it continues to develop!