The evening of the same day I interviewed Ali Putnam at the offices of CoTA, I participated in a City of Austin Small Business Development Program workshop titled: “Preparing for the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix”. This was directed to Austin area small business entrepreneurs to help them better prepare for the coming F1 fans, international & otherwise. This workshop took place in the City of Austin Council chambers.
It was an interesting program. I found a few things we as F1 race fans can look forward to, while we’re not onsite at Circuit of The Americas (CoTA). Here’s a PDF of the program topics (click to enlarge).
Here are some of the slides shown during the presentation – I will let their content speak for themselves (as always, click to enlarge)…
Here’s a related article regarding the planned downtown Austin gridlock due to the Formula 1 fan festivities: F1 festivals expected to gridlock Downtown Austin
After the speakers there was an open microphone Q & A session, I got up in front of the over 100 people in attendance with the following question:
I represent Formula 1 fans through our San Antonio F1 Club (SAF1C). San Antonio area F1 fans want to know if a third shuttle site will be available in the region south of the Circuit of The Americas. Many people have been asking me about this topic. What is being considered & what can we expect?
Two individuals gave 2 different answers, but for now there is only one that I can share with you. You will have to wait for the next possibly pending answer later… That first answer was general in nature, essentially saying that a third site is still under consideration, but nothing is for sure, as yet. Talk about wishy-washy…
Here is latest official information from CoTA, just released today:
Transportation – Park & Ride
Hmmm, I’m not a fan of being assigned to 1 of the 2 current locations shown… 🙁
But, last weekend, during a visit with Wyman Gilliam (of Wild Bubba’s Wild Game Grill fame), he mentioned an article that recently appeared in the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. This article mentions that CoTA has purchased 98 acres of land just 2 mile east of their site, to be used as “employee parking”. Well, that sure smells like it could be considered a prime location for a third shuttle location. I’d sure like to hope so. The location is ideal & would allow F1 fans from Elroy, Bastrop, Buda, Kyle, San Marcos, New Braunfels, San Antonio & other points south more convenient parking & shuttle access. Here’s the article link & a map detailing the 98 acres location!
I hope we can start this as a rumor that comes to total fruition! Racing Ready thinks it should…we can only HOPE SO!!!