Category Archives: Circuit of The Americas

Articles pertaining to the Circuit of The Americas, the racing & other high end entertainment & sports medicine facility being built in Austin, TX. This facility will host Formla1 racing, as well as the MotoGP series & other racing events.

F1 German GP Watch Party Fun at Wild Bubba’s

Today, Wild Bubba’s Wild Game Grill hosted a Formula 1 Watch Party to enjoy the German Grand Prix of Nurburgring.

Formula 1 German Grand Prix Nurburgring graphic

I motored up from San Antonio, TX to Elroy,TX – almost 90 miles away.  It’s just about 3 miles south of the Austin Bergstrom International Airport.  Before I arrived I went off to the side road of Piland Triangle.  This is less than 1 mile from Wild Bubba’s location.  Here are the mid-morning shots I took.

COTA Panorama from Piland Triangle - 2011-07-24

The above is a panorama shot I made, showing the location of the pit straight going up to turn 1.  Click the image 2 different times for the best detail…

Below is a construction view (albeit, from a distance) of one of the tunnels.  This one is under the beginning uphill approach to turn 1.

COTA Tunnel Detail from Piland Triangle - 2011-07-24

This is the view from the “right angle” of Piland Triangle.  This image will change significantly, I’m sure, within the coming year!

COTA Turn 1 & beyond from Piland Triangle - 2011-07-24

Arriving at Wild Bubba’s I saw the new, inviting signage – SO much better now!

Wild Bubba's Wild Game Grill new outdoor sign - 2001-07-24

Quite a good number of people showed up to Wild Bubba’s F1 Race Watching Party.  You can see just a few of the fans’ cars parked out front.

Full parking in front of Wild Bubba's for F1 Watch Party - 2011-07-24

More full parking in front of Wild Bubba's for F1 Watch Party - 2011-07-24

Here’s how Wild Bubba’s front door appeared today – this was surely a limited, special engagement!

Wild Bubba's F1 Watch Party Today! - 2011-07-24

Once inside, the crowd of 30 or more Formula 1 race fans gathered to enjoy the 2011 German Formula 1 race.  Wild Bubba & friends had set up 2 good-sized LCD monitors, along with a nice audio system to best appreciate the racing action broadcast on the Fox Network.

Wild Bubba's F1 Watch Party in action - 2011-07-24

Wild Bubba's F1 Race Watch Party in action - 2011-07-24

Now, if you have not yet visited Wild Bubba’s Wild Game Grill, you are in for a surprise regarding the menu.  The key words here are: Wild Game!  Go ahead & review to pre-order -there is definitely no lack of variety!

Wild Bubba's extensive Wild Game Grill menu - What a WILD variety - YUM!

In addition, Wild Bubba’s has just received its beer license.  To celebrate, you can see the great variety of German & German-style beers that are available.  Thirsty yet?

Wild Bubba's Wild Game Grill menu now includes BEER - Drink up, my friend!

 Of course we all know that beer isn’t bought, but you only rent it.  So, with that in mind, I think this is one of the best directional signs in the place!

Best direction sign inside of Wild Bubba's - aim carefully!

There are other lunch-type eateries popping up in Elroy.  But Wild Bubba’s has been around awhile.  Don’t be fooled, there are NO imitations.  This is the eating place of choice for the COTA (Circuit of The Americas) construction crew, I’m told.

Let’s not forget to wish Lewis Hamilton congratulations on his Formula 1 win today!

Lewis Hamilton wins the 2011 German Grand Prix

Although it’s not a nearby drive, Racing Ready was pleased to attend this special event & to be able to report it to you here.  Hope you can make it out to Wild Bubba’s Wild Game Grill, soon!

Dan

Austin Formula 1 COTA Track Drive-Thru Tour

This is a pretty decent (for non-insiders) Formula 1 news review from Austin, Texas.  Here is a local television’s take (“KXAN Exclusive First Look!”) of what is going on with Circuit of The Americas.  This was released earlier this evening.  Click the video screenshot below to click through to the news story!

KXAN Exclusive First Look at Austin Formula 1 Circuit of The Americas!

This video helps the so-called Formula 1 & Circuit of The Americas neophyte learn what is really going on.  Racing Ready approves of this message!  🙂

Dan

V8 Supercars Series Championship at COTA

Wow, 2 days in a row of blockbuster announcements for the Circuit of The Americas (COTA).  This is gaining some great momentum!

V8 Supercars Racing Championship Series logo

V8 Supercars Agrees to Five-Year Deal
With Austin’s Circuit of The Americas(TM)
to Host Championship;
SPEED™ to Broadcast Races
Australia’s Most Popular Motorsports Series
Makes Its First U.S. Home in Austin, Texas

AUSTIN, Texas – June 30, 2011 – V8 Supercars and Circuit of The Americas, along with Texas Governor Rick Perry and Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, announced today a five-year agreement to bring the famous Australian V8 Supercars series to the new Circuit of The Americas beginning in 2013.

“While Texas has established itself as the nation’s place for business, it’s quickly becoming the nation’s place for big sporting events, as well,” said Governor Rick Perry. “V8 Supercars now joins Formula One, MotoGP, NASCAR, the NFL, NBA, NCAA and USTA, among the many that have chosen Texas to host major events in the last few years. This is more good news for the Lone Star State, and will provide a significant boost to the economy of Central Texas.”

“The addition of V8 Supercars into our lineup at Circuit of The Americas will add to what we already know will be a rich and exhilarating fan experience,” said Steve Sexton, President of Circuit of The Americas. “We’re thrilled the racing world is so excited about our facility. Austin is poised to become the premiere North American destination for international motorsports. In addition to hosting the 4 wheel and 2 wheel world championships, the United States will now enjoy the world’s best touring car series here in Austin.”

V8 Supercars is among the fastest growing motorsports in the world. The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) recently sanctioned it as an international series. The series is enormously popular in Australia and New Zealand and will be making its first entrance into North America at Circuit of The Americas.

V8 Supercars joins the already existing 10-year agreements Circuit of The Americas has to host the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ beginning in 2012 and MotoGP World Championship™ beginning in 2013. This first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States is currently under construction in Austin, Texas.

Additionally, SPEED™ will televise the two 200-km (124-mile) races live and in full throughout North and South America.

“I can’t describe how excited we are to bring the V8 Supercars race to such a spectacular facility. With Formula 1 racing, MotoGP and now V8 Supercars, it’s obvious Circuit of The Americas will be a top-notch destination that houses the best racing on earth, and we are thrilled to be a part of it,” said Tony Cochrane, Chairman of V8 Supercars.

“We have expanded V8 Supercars’ geographical influence over the past few years with plans to stage up to six races each year to complement our existing events in Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East,” added Cochrane. “Our entrance into the United States marks a new day for the series and we’re excited for Americans to experience what has made V8 Supercars so popular in many places around the world.”

Formerly the Australian Touring Car Championship, the current series was devised in 1993 and branded as “V8 Supercars” in 1997. The cars are based on modified versions of Australia’s two most popular – and most rivaled – passenger cars, the Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore.

V8 Supercars continues as one of Australia’s largest sports both in attendance and television viewership. In 2010, approximately 1.7 million people attended V8 Supercars events, including V8 Supercars’ 20 millionth spectator at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

V8 Supercars Racing Series Championship - USA debut at COTA in 2013!

About the V8 Supercars Championship

The V8 Supercars Championship is one of the worlds’ largest and best-known touring car categories, recognized internationally as a leader in motorsport and entertainment. The Championship consists of 15 events across Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East in 2011, as well as racing at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix™.

In 2010, more than 1.8 million people attended a V8 Supercars event. Every race is telecast live on the Seven Network across Australia and the TV3 Network in New Zealand. In addition, more than 130 countries telecast V8 Supercars live, as-live or on delay, dependent on time zone and programming. The massive SPEED™ network in North and South America and ESPN Star throughout Asia are among the sport’s major international broadcasters.

In 2011, V8 Supercars was granted ‘international status’ by the world governing body of motorsport, the FIA, which enables it to race at up to six international destinations outside of Australia and New Zealand each year, elevating the sport to the top tier of all categories worldwide.

The Championship’s world-renowned races include the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, Armor All Gold Coast 600 and the season-ending Sydney Telstra 500 on the streets of Olympic Park in Sydney.

Backing for the sport is at an all-time high with annual sponsorship in excess of $150 million across the 18 teams and Championship series. V8 Supercars’ major sponsor is Australia’s largest Internet service provider, Telstra BigPond. Its sponsors also include multinational companies, with FMGC partners becoming increasingly prominent. Etihad Airways recently became the official international airline of V8 Supercars.

All V8 Supercars run on 85 percent CSR Ethanol, a renewable fuel bi-product of the sugar refining process.

More information can be found at http://v8supercars.com.au

About Circuit of The Americas™

Circuit of The Americas™ will be a world-class destination for performance, education and business. It will be the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States designed for any and all classes of racing, from motor power to human power. It will be the U.S. home to both the Formula 1 and MotoGP Grand Prix World Championships.

The Circuit of The Americas™ master plan features a variety of permanent structures designed for business, education, entertainment and race use. Its signature element will be a 3.4-mile (5.5-km) circuit track with capacity for 120,000 fans. Other support buildings will include a medical trauma and care training facility, 14 executive meeting suites, a conference center, a banquet hall as well as an expansive outdoor live music space.

Future proposed amenities include a driving/riding experience, a motorsports driving club, kart track, grand plaza event center and tower, and a trackside recreational vehicle park.

For more information and downloadable video, audio and photos, visit: CircuitofTheAmericas.com.

Media Inquiries:
Russ Rhea
Representing Circuit of The Americas™
Office: 512-344-2040
russ@hahntexas.com

Racing Ready is striving to get more involved. This announcement makes COTA even more important for the South/Central Texas region.

Dan

Austin City Council Officially Endorses Formula 1 USGP!

Formula 1 USGP, Austin, Texas 2012

It is OFFICIALLY endorsed!  Here is the official press release:

Austin City Council Officially Endorses
Formula 1 United States Grand Prix (TM)
Affirmative Vote Advances Race
Preparations at Circuit of the Americas (TM)

AUSTIN, Texas – June 29, 2011 – Austin’s City Council voted today to officially endorse the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix event in 2012. Council Members deliberated on the issue for more than three weeks leading up to the vote and worked closely with representatives of Circuit of The Americas to craft an environmental agreement that is unprecedented for a world-class sports venue.

“We appreciate the Council’s approval of the endorsement,” said Steve Sexton, President of Circuit of The Americas. “Austin is a unique community and the environmental provisions we worked together to craft with Council demonstrate our commitment to produce an event aligned with the values and vision of the City. This is a major step toward our vision of bringing the world to Austin to enjoy one of the most spectacular international events in sports. This partnership sets a new standard that every new sports or entertainment venue around the world can emulate.”

City Council’s official endorsement of the race clears the way for the Local Organizing Committee to utilize a state fund established by the Texas Legislature for the purpose of attracting and producing major events like the Super Bowl, NCAA Men’s Final Four and now the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix.

“I’m proud of the partnership between the City and Circuit of The Americas to develop and build what will be among the greenest, most high-tech sports and entertainment facilities anywhere,” said Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell.

Circuit of The Americas, the world-class sports and entertainment facility under construction in southeast Travis County, will be among the most technologically and environmentally advanced venues in the world. Race organizers and a group of community environmentalists have devised a 54-point plan to position Circuit of The Americas as the “greenest” sporting facility in the Americas. The plan includes elements ranging from offsite transportation options and dedicated bicycle lane access to incorporation of a community garden area, water-conservation measures, and the planting of over 800 trees. In addition, the venue will promote and host alternative vehicle races.

Major excavation groundwork of Circuit of The Americas is entering its final stages. The most recently available aerial photos of construction progress are posted online at CircuitofTheAmericas.com.

# # #
About Circuit of The Americas 

Circuit of The Americas will be a world-class destination for performance, education and business. It will be the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States designed for any and all classes of racing, from motor power to human power, and be the U.S. home to both the Formula 1™ and MotoGP™ Grand Prix World Championships.

Circuit of The Americas’ master plan features a variety of permanent structures designed for business, education, entertainment and race use. Its signature element will be a 3.4-mile circuit track with capacity for 120,000 fans. Other support buildings will include a medical trauma and care training facility, 14 executive meeting suites, a conference center, a banquet hall as well as an expansive outdoor live music space. Future proposed amenities include a driving/riding experience, a motorsports driving club, kart track, grand plaza event center and tower, and a trackside recreational vehicle park. For more information, visit CircuitofTheAmericas.com.

Media Inquiries:
Russ Rhea
Representing Circuit of The Americas
Office: 512-344-2040
russ@hahntexas.com

Support Formula 1 - Shirt off of Vance's back! (Posted on Facebook...)

This has been the next step all of us motorsports enthusiasts have been waiting for – HUZZAH!  Racing Ready is majorly pleased & frankly relieved.  Now we move forward with all this continued development…COOL!

Dan

1st Annual Austin F1 Club Meeting Overview

Wild Bubba’s Wild Game Grill was very well attended by the Austin Formula 1 Club (AF1C), this past Saturday, June 18, 2011.  I was able to met some new friends & hooked up with other F1 friends.

Wild Bubba's Wild Game Grill interior panorama...

Here is Wild Bubba’s Formula 1/COTA memorabilia corner.  Quite an interesting assortment of neat F1 stuff to honor Formula 1.  Wild Bubba continues to look for “choice bits” to add to his eclectic collection…

Wild Bubba's Formula 1 'shrine' - Part 1

Wild Bubba's Formula 1 'shrine' - Part 2

Here’s proof of Racing Ready’s attendance…

Vance Facundo, Racing Ready Dan, Wild Bubba in his Formula 1 'shrine'...

Charlie Robinson & Sondra Sondreggor conducted the 1st annual meeting AF1C meeting.

Charlie & Sondra facilitating the Austin Formula 1 Club meeting at Wild Bubba's, June 18, 2011

There were a least 22 club members in attendance.  Charlie discussed & had us vote on some decisions that will change the direction of the Club, to move it forward in a positive way.  Below are the specifics of what was discussed:

Club Meeting Update

Posted on Austin F1 Club by Charlie Robinson

For those that did not attend the Annual Meeting this past Saturday, we have some news to share with everyone.

1) It was voted that the Club will vote in management to help keep the club organized and to be able to legally collect donations. We are currently going through the process this week and will have elections… on Sunday June 26th at Cool River Cafe after the watch party. This will comprise of 1 President 1 Secretary and 1 Treasurer.

2) It was voted that the club adopt a mission statement.

3) It was voted that there will be no restrictions to membership regardless of residency.

4) It was voted to have multiple venues for watch parties instead of just one.

As stated in the post below please follow the instructions to submit nominees for the 3 positions listed.

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Club Elections – Nominations

To help simplify voting on Sunday I ask that each member submit their nominations using the instructions below. We will then hold elections on Sunday June, 26 after the watch party. Thanks for all your support.

Instructions:
…Please send an email to austinf1club@gmail.com no later than June 26th 12:00pm as follows.

Subject: Club Elections

Message:

I nominate for President: ?

I nominate for Secretary: ?

I nominate for Treasurer: ?

Any club member including yourself can be nominated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me on facebook or email at the above address.

Thanks everybody and good luck to the nominees.

Afterwords, as an unexpected bonus, Vance invited a few of us to see another vantage point of the track!

The COTA 3 Amigos: Vance, James, Dale & James...

Click to ENLARGE!
COTA track view form east looking west - from a possible future hotel site

This site may be a future exclusive hotel. This land has already been purchased by Formula 1.   Can you imagine the view from the balcony?

Possible exclusive hotel site, on east side of course...on Formula 1 land!

Later, in Vance’s office, we were able to see a variety of topographic COTA maps.  There were other drawings & information there, as well…

Vance's on-site office (near COTA)!

Here’s 1 more, large panoramic shot taken close by turn 1, showing Piland Triangle Road, FM 812 in the distance, & all the heavy construction machinery, along with the contractors’ offices.  Once again, click to enlarge (& then click once again).  This one is big!

For icing on the cake, Vance is working on setting up a dedicated HD webcam (available 24/7).  He will be mounting it atop a 40′ plus tower.  It will give us all a great view of what’s going on with the COTA site construction.  Initially, Vance says it will be pointed to the start/finish line, front straight area, turn 1 region of the track.  You will also be able to see the COTA observation deck, beyond turn 1. Racing Ready hopes to be able to provide access to this live feed here.  We shall see!

Dan

P.S. – The next Formula 1 race watch party (in Austin) will be this coming Sunday, June 26th, 2011 – the details are as follows:
2011 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe (Valencia, Spain) Watch Party

P.P.S.Racing Ready is working on the “in Austin” part…

Important Austin F1 Club Meeting, 18-Jun-2011

Austin F1 Club Annual Meeting - June 18, 2011, at Wild Bubba's, from 2p to 4p!

Since getting dialed into the Austin Formula 1 USGP community last weekend, I feel I have my finger on the pulse of what is going on.  This coming Saturday is an important meeting of the Austin F1 Club.  Let me simply post Club President Charlie Robinson’s message here, verbatim:

This will be a very special meeting to discuss the future of Austin F1 Club and some changes that are being proposed. We ask that we get as many together as possible as we’ll be voting on some new ideas. Thank you and look forward to seeing you all there.

WHERE: Wild Bubba’s Wild Game Grill
13912 FM 812
Del Valle, TX 78617    MAP

WHEN: Saturday June 18 2011 – 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Wild Bubba's Wild Game Grill - SO much more than WILD Hamburgers - just east of COTA, in Elroy, TX!

Racing Ready will be in attendance, as well as visiting other motorsports related activities this Saturday.  If you can, please plan to attend.  I’m sure you won’t regret it…

Thank you!

Dan

Austin F1 USGP/COTA Site Visit, June ’11, Part 3

Once again, this past weekend’s visit to Austin was very worthwhile.  It followed a COTA & Austin USGP Formula 1 theme.   Part 1 reviews the ongoing site construction progress of COTAPart 2 covers the Wild Bubba’s Meet, Greet & Eat social event.

Austin F1 Club logo

This post, Part 3,  chronicles the Austin F1 Club (a gathering of like-minded Austin friends of Formula 1) enjoying a race watching party:

Part 3 – Austin F1 Club watches Montreal GP race,
Sunday afternoon…

On Sunday, June 12th, 2011, local Austin Formula 1 race fans gathered at a great chicken wings/sports bar establishment, Wingzup, for the  Formula 1 Grand Prix Du Canada 2011.

Wingzup - Multimedia Meet Wings Sports Bar, in Austin, TX

We were welcomed as out of town guests for this informal race watching party.  Wingzup is a GREAT place to watch this sporting event – 29 (!) LCD screens all around and a sound system that is definitely not shy on volume.

The Austin F1 Club, Montreal GP watching party, in Wingzup - their bar with multiple screens, in Austin, TX

The Austin F1 Club, Montreal GP watching party, showing the entrance of Wingzup with lots of screens, in Austin, TX

We missed the race start (a long wait at the Waffle House), & got there by lap 7.  It had been some time (years?) since I really followed Formula 1 racing seriously.  Watching the first few high-def laps in this environment with all these new enthusiastic friends was very good.  Unfortunately, due to heavy rain, the Montreal Formula1 race was red flagged on lap 25.

2011 Canadian Grand Prix  2 hours of red flag!  (Image by Reuters)

So, in the meantime I introduced myself & this Racing Ready blog.  Also, Sondra & Charlie thanked Wingzup & talked about the Austin F1 Club future meetings & important plans.

Sondra thanking Wingzup & Charlie announcing future Austin F1 Club plans!

In addition, Robert showed off his new piece of trivia treasure.  This was an aerilon from an airplane formerly owned by Formula1 multi-champion great, Ayrton Senna.  Here’s a shot of him display this piece with great pride, from  the previous night at Wild Bubba’s Meet, Greet & Eat event.

Robert with Ayrton Senna plane aerilon - his trivia treasure!

The reg flag duration lasted about 2 hours, but it was well worth the wait.  It must have been a slow event day as the FOX Network broadcast during the whole 2 hours.

Red flag means racing is stopped!

The rest of the race, & especially those last few laps, was very exciting.  Seeing the results of how both the KERS & DRS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System & Drag Reduction System) systems influenced the final podium standings was spellbinding.  Count me in as a Formula1 race fan, once again!

Jenson Button winning the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix

Racing Ready is planning to be more involved in the promotion & information sharing of the Austin Formula 1 USGP, along with the construction progress of the Circuit of The Americas (COTA).  With the construction crew now working 7 days a week, & a looming June 17, 2012 Formula 1 USGP deadline, things need to be put in place soon!

Formula 1 USGP - Austin, TX 2012 !

I hope you enjoyed this overview of our trip exploratory trip to Austin last weekend.  For full disclosure, here are links, again, to the previous posts on this series of three:

  • For reviews & panoramic pix of ongoing COTA site progress, read Part 1
  • For coverage of Wild Bubba’s Meet, Greet & Eat social event, read Part 2

Dan