Official USGP Race Date Confirmed & Recent COTA News

Formula 1 2012 Calendar

It’s now REALLY official!  The Austin Formula 1 USGP race will take place on November 18, 2012.  Here’s the official  FIA confirmation of the 2012 Formula One calendar showing the US F1 Grand Prix to take place in Austin on November 18th.

31 Aug 2011

FIA confirms 20-race calendar for 2012

The FIA has released a confirmed calendar for the 2012 season following a fax vote by members of the World Motor Sport Council. The addition of the United States round makes for a 20-race season, which will get underway in Australia on March 18. The season finale will take place in Brazil on November 25.

2012 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar:
18/03 Australia
25/03 Malaysia
15/04 China
22/04 Bahrain
13/05 Spain
27/05 Monaco
10/06 Canada
24/06 Europe
08/07 Great Britain
22/07 Germany
29/07 Hungary
02/09 Belgium
09/09 Italy
23/09 Singapore
07/10 Japan
14/10 Korea
28/10 India
04/11 Abu Dhabi
18/11 United States
25/11 Brazil

Here’s a recent, quality “Formula 1 is coming to the USA!” promo video from grid1.tv:

Circuit of The Americas – Premier, Purpose-Built International Racing Facility

Video Intro to New, Purpose-Built Racetrack in the USA - Circircuit of The Americas

Racing Ready Exclusive from COTA – documented, timely notes & images:

Recently I was at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA) track environs & captured these panoramic shots from the northwest/west side of the track property, from McAngus Rd.

COTA signature Turn 1 as viewed from east of track

Please be sure to click on the images to enlarge, & click again to enjoy the detail!

COTA ground level panorama view from east of track

Afterwords, I swung by Wild Bubba’s Wild Game Grill to say “Howdy!” & quench my thirst.  As an after benefit, I got to see  The Speed City Cam, (230X zoom webcam, mounted atop a 40 foot Rohn tower!).  This is being facilitated by Vance Facundo, of the Friends of the Circuit of The Americas FB page.  This is located in an area east of the COTA track.

Speed City Cam tower foundation, east of COTA

Speed City Cam tower, just east of COTA

Vance is still awaiting the finalization of the tower installation for rock solid image stability.  Therefore, we’ll have to wait a bit longer until we can see LIVE track images…

Speed City Cam - Coming Soon!!!

Yesterday I learned about a coordinated logistical effort between COTA & the ABIA (Austin-Bergstrom International Airport).  I was informed the FAA folks working with the ABIA control tower are discussing helicopter flight lines and routing.  It may be the case that round-trip helicopter transfers between ABIA & COTA & back will be charging $50.00.  Apparently this is the going rate of similar trips between the DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth) Airport & the Texas Motor Speedway.  This just might be worth it,  depending on the proposed race day congestion.

Jenson Button, Vodafone Formula 1 driver, getting buzzed by a helicoptor

Racing Ready continues to bring you other views & news, different from the common buzz!

Dan

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