Confirmed: Austin USGP Race on 2012 F1 Schedule!

The Race Is On! - Circuit of The Americas' announcement on December 7, 2011

We’ve been on pins & needles about the possibility of this being a non-event for over the past 2 weeks.  We are SO relieved as is all of Formula 1 fandom, especially those of us geographically located in South/Central Texas.  Here’s the official press release direct from Circuit of The Americas (CoTA):

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2011

Formula 1 (TM) and Circuit of The Americas (TM) Ready to Roll
10-Year Race Contract Brings F1 Back to the U.S. in 2012;
Construction to Resume Immediately

AUSTIN, Texas – December 7, 2011 – Circuit of The Americas announced today that they have reached an agreement with Formula One Management that ensures the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix remains on the FIA Formula 1 World Championship race calendar.  Red McCombs, chairman of McCombs Enterprises and founding partner of Circuit of  The Americas stated, “Mr. Ecclestone received his check today. We want to thank the fans supporting us, the local officials and businesses that have encouraged us, the State of Texas, Circuit of The Americas’ staff and Bernie himself.  I want to thank and commend Bobby Epstein for getting us across the finish line.  Bobby’s perseverance and leadership kept the project on track despite unfair and unfounded criticism.”

“Our investors have believed all along that this project has tremendous benefit for our region, and provides a strong economic engine for the future,” stated Epstein, founding partner of Circuit of The Americas.  We remain committed to reaching our goal of being valuable community partners as we establish a platform for sports and entertainment. We’re glad that Tavo’s vision of bringing F1 to the people of Texas will become a reality.”

Engineering and construction teams working on the track will resume immediately, ensuring completion for the 2012 race date.

“We have a substantial number of fans who have expressed interest in buying tickets and hospitality, so today is a win for all of them as much as it is for Circuit of The Americas,” said Steve Sexton, president of Circuit of The Americas. “We encourage everyone to visit our website and register for information. Registered fans will receive the first communication regarding ticket sales plans.  In a matter of weeks we will have more exciting news as we unveil our full calendar of world class events.”

Fans interested in receiving information about tickets for next year’s United States Grand Prix can register their contact information at www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com. Ticket sales information will be communicated to those registered prior to general public notification.

Media Inquiries:

Jeff Hahn
Representing Circuit of The Americas
Office: 512-344-2017
jhahn@hahntexas.com

Ali Putnam
Circuit of The Americas
Office: 512-301-6600
ali.putnam@circuitoftheamericas.com

Circuit of The Americas racing surface foundation preparation...circa November 2011

Influential local people who strongly & enthusiastically support the important arrival of the Austin Formula 1 USGP are highlighted on a good YNN video.  Those folks are Wyman Gilliam, of Wild Bubba’s Wild Game Grill fame, as well as the brother-sister team of TheAustinGrandPrix.com, Kevin & Kerri Olsen.  Click of the recent video link below about the news from Elroy:

Austin F1 race still on track for 2012 - YNN video

Bernie Ecclestone’s take on all that had recently transpired to get to this final point of event success was curious & low key…

Yes there will be a race there.  We hope it will be for 10 years.

I’m guessing we won’t know all the sordid details of what transpired in the hush-hush background.  COTA officials, of course, declined to reveal financial terms of the deal.  Per Steven Cole Smith of AutoWeek:

The details regarding the contract Epstein and McCombs apparently signed have not been made public but it seems likely that they were less favorable than the original contract Hellmund had.

Hellmund’s company, Full Throttle Productions, also negotiated contracts for MotoGP and Australian V8 Supercars to race at the circuit in 2013; the status of those two series at the circuit remains unclear.

So, at long last, here’s the planned for 2012 Formula 1 race schedule:

2012 Formula 1 Calendar

March 18                 Australian GP
March 25                 Malaysian GP
April 15                    Chinese GP
April 22                    Bahrain GP
May 13                      Spanish GP
May 27                     Monaco GP
June 10                    Canada GP
June 24                    European GP
July 8                       British GP
July 22                    German GP
July 29                    Hungarian GP
September 2           Belgian GP
September 9           Italian GP
September 23        Singapore GP
October 7                Japanese GP
October 14              Korean GP
October 28              Indian GP
November 4           Abu Dhabi GP
November 18       U.S. GP (Austin)
November 25         Brazilian GP

Here’s a link (& video) to get your mind moving to book a tour to the race with:  Grand Prix Tours | United States Grand Prix Tours Packages Hotels and Tickets

Grand Prix Tours logo

Okay…
Now we can get back to waiting & watching the progress of “our” world-class racing track & its associated facility.  Like all of you, Racing Ready can’t wait!

Dan

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