Speed City Cam – An Ever Vigilant Eye on Circuit of The Americas

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From the Austin American-Statesman / statesman.com:

By Dave Doolittle | Thursday, January 26, 2012, 02:57 PM

A couple of longtime Elroy residents who have been closely following work out at Circuit of the Americas have set up a live 24-hour webcam so others can peek in on construction, too.

“We want to show that it’s happening, and that it’s going to happen. It’s a way to encourage people who want to see the track and who want to see the race.” said Vance Facundo, an administrator of the Friends of Formula One Austin, Texas Facebook page. He operates the camera with Wyman Gilliam, owner of Wild Bubba’s Wild Game Grill near the circuit.

The Speed City Cam is set atop a 40-foot tower on property just east of the circuit and pans to several fixed positions every few seconds. Facundo said he can point the camera anywhere work is going on.

Unfortunately, a house blocks the view of the paddock buildings and main grandstand, where the bulk of the work is currently taking place.

The Speed City Cam website has had about 5,000 views since it went live a few weeks ago, and two to three people are usually watching at any given time, Facundo said.

Work has been going on at the circuit six days a week, officials have said, and they expect to have it completed in time for the inaugural race Nov. 16 through 18. Crews have occasionally poured slabs for buildings at night, when the weather is cooler and trucks can avoid Austin traffic, an engineer told the American-Statesman.

Facundo said the camera will only show the circuit during construction and will be redirected once the track becomes operational.

Click here to check out the Speed City Cam

Know that Racing Ready was there (over 7 months ago!), much before the Speed City Cam was atop that 40 foot Rohn tower.  😉


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