Coulthard & Red Bull Racing Burn Up Austin City Streets

Red Bull Racing brought their Formula 1 Show Car to downtown Austin.  This was to be a non-public, non-published event.   Bottom line, Red Bull had let the ponies out of the barn, too soon.  It wasn’t supposed to be a event known to the general public.  The ever ready Austin Formula 1 race fan community, with their fingers on the pulse of anything Austin USGP-related, found out about it & it spread like wildfire.

Red Bull logo on their promotional Formula 1 Racing Show Car, driven by David Coulthard - Photo by Jon Etkins

I had hoped to get there & witness the action in person, but no, I was snookered into thinking it wasn’t going to happen, that it had been canceled.  I now realize I was not diligent enough in reading the various last minute posts on Facebook, et al, to figure out that it was again a go.  Apparently, something at the city level were approved late last Friday night…

David Coulthard launches his Red Bull Formula 1 Race Car in the city streets of Austin, Texas - Photo by Deborah Cannon, American-Statesman

Therefore, this report is really a recapping of the works of others’ eyewitness accounts of individuals I know & did meet with later in the day.  This was at the Austin Formula 1 Club (AF1C) Meet & Greet After Party at Doc’s Motorworks, in South Austin.  I briefly met with Charlie Robinson, head coordinator of the AF1C & others of the club.

AF1C - Austin Formula 1 Club logo

Also present were the folks from The Austin Grand Prix group.  I already knew of this website & was formally introduced to Kevin Olsen, on of the group’s co-founders.  He acknowledged how we are all working toward the same goal here, to support increased fan awareness of the Austin Formula 1 USGP, staring next year at Circuit of The Americas (COTA).  These are the T-shirts with their logos they offer for sale on the web.

COME AND RACE IT - T-shirt Design by The Austin Grand Prix

It all started very early Saturday morning.  The ever vigilant, Sondra Sondregger, shot out a great event prep teaser  candid shot via Facebook – this was at 6:54AM!

The Red Bull Racing Show Car crew, getting organized early Saturday morning, 20-AUG-2011 - Photo by Sondra Sondregger

Later in the morning, as I finally made my way Austin bound, I received more updates.  I was disheartened that the event (that was supposedly canceled) pretty much came to pass  with former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard (DC) doing a few city block “laps” and ending his performance with a truly earsplitting, tire chunk spitting series of donuts.

David Coulthard doing expensive donuts in the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 Show Car - Photo taken by John Etkins

Here’s one of many videos circulating the Internet.  I chose this one by Sondra as it’s the most assertively loud one I found…turn up your speakers!

The Red Bull Racing Show Car is a 2005 RB1 chassis with the Cosworth V10 and the 2009 aero package – thanks Jon!  BTW, Jon Etkins put together 2 very thorough galleries of quality stills pix of the following Red Bull Racing promo events in Austin:

DC had wondered about & later picked up on the fact the the Hook ‘Em Horns hand signal was a good thing!

David Coulthard, Red Bull Racing Show Car driver, showing the crowd he can Hook 'Em Horns with the best of them!

Enough people found out about this event to make a good showing.  There were easily more than a hundred people there.  David Coulthard was sufficiently impressed by the spirit & enthusiasm of the fans that showed up & cheered.  Here are DC’s thoughts in a nicely prepared video posted by the COTA.

Apparently a day prior, David was given a good tour of COTA by Tavo Hellmund (managing partner of race promoter Full Throttle Productions), as this picture at the pinnacle of the developing track at turn 1 attests.

Tavo Hellmund describing the future COTA track layout to David Coulthard, at the peak of turn 1.

One of the eyewitnesses, Jon Etkins, heard DC say that he wasn’t able to get out of 2nd gear – with only 2 city blocks, or so.  Well, somewhere in the vicinity of FM 812, near Speedcity (Elroy), TX, David Coulthard was able to release the furry of that ferocious V10 Formula 1 racing engine.  Check out this video, posted on Facebook by Jack! (Sorry, you’ll have to login to Facebook to see it…)

Screamin' Red Bull V10 Formula 1 race car, piloted at terminal velocity by David Coulthard

WOW!!!  Hope you had your ear plugs handy…

I’m glad I didn’t post this collection of Austin Red Bull Racing events earlier.  Here’s some unbelievable still pix of the future Red Bull video promo.  I just came across these…

David Coulthard, arriving at the Circuit of The Americas, in the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 Show Car!

Going up the hill to turn 1 – that looks steeper than I remember it!

The 1st Formula 1 car, the Red Bull Racing Show Car, at speed on the yet to be paved track surface at the Circuit of The Americas!

Here’ some of the on-track (still dry Texas clay) video filmed at COTA, on a hot Sunday, August 21st, 2011!

Well, I’m impressed by what I saw (virtually) & talked about with a variety of eyewitnesses.  Racing Ready is really rarin’ to go about all of this!

Dan

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