It’s here & happening now:
2012 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix!
For the latest information to keep up to date, click Calendars link below:
To learn what it took to get here, I offer the following review…
The Formula 1 spectacle has arrived back in the USA. Round 19 of the 2012 F1 season takes place just a few miles south of the Austin, Texas airport. The formation & creation of the Circuit of The Americas (aka, CoTA), has been a long time in coming. We at Racing Ready, & many others, have known about it for 2 & 1/2 years. But the initial gestation period started much longer ago, thanks to Tavo Hellmund. Today, you no longer see his name officially associated with CoTA. But the idea & desire behind it all started with Tavo.
Starting in May 2010, the public was made aware. The concept of a Formula 1-spec track was proposed to be built in southeast Travis County, where Austin, the Capital of Texas is situated. Things started to move quickly, but not exactly smoothly:
- Proof of grading plans drawings
- Initial track design announced
- Ground breaking – it’s for real!
- Red Bull at Capital & on CoTA dirt track, with David Coulthard
- Turmoil of founding partners & track future in question
- Bernie’s final blessing – The race is on!
- V8 Supercars racer can’t wait
- Mario Andretti, CoTA Ambassador, gets it!
- World Champion Bob Bondurant Visits CoTA
- The christening of the track
- Formula Run, the first race at CoTA
Here’s what Jenson Button, F1 driver on Team McLaren, said in expectation:
You can see elements of the Maggotts/Becketts complex from Silverstone; there’s a reverse of Istanbul Park’s Turn Eight, too; and I can even see a bit of the Hockenheim infield.
I think we’re in for a fantastic weekend – I really cannot wait to get out to Austin and see the city, the people and the track. I think it’s going to be brilliant.
See these 2 track comparison illustrations for you to appreciate:
This is a historic event in American Motorsports. Much will continue to be written, but now enjoy the racing. To all visitors, both here at Racing Ready & in Austin, Texas, we are SO pleased you took the time to visit. We look forward to your return.
GO RACE & THANK YOU!
P.S. – For in-depth reading, off track, review this: F1 Racing Grand Prix Fan Guide. Be advised, it’s 109 pages (!), Courtesy of the Austin America-Statesman.