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.

Senna Documentary, SWSX Premiere in Austin

As part of the escalating, winding up promotion and awareness-making of the Formula1 Austin USGP, the SXSW venue was the US debut of the documentary film, Senna.

Senna - a continuous burning passion for racing, & for life!

After seventeen years, the documentary about Ayrton Senna’s life was finally shown. On Jan 28, 2011, Senna originally debuted to the crowds at the Sundance Film Festival.  Last week the new, award winning documentary, Senna, had its US debut at SXSW in Austin, TX.  This film is composed entirely of his vintage footage at speed, & at another speed the world is little aware of – his altruistic side, giving back to his countrymen.

Senna...looking back...

Here’s my favorite image of Senna’s driving ability, called “Where Senna Dares”.

Where Senna Dares

Here’s Aryton Senna seriously at speed racing in the rain at Donington Park F1, a race in 1993.  It’s breathtaking footage showing the driving talent he was capable of!

SXSW is a public forum for the display & release of music, film & other media, every year in Austin, TX.  It’s quite the event, they say…

SXSW logo

Here’s the the trailer for “Ayrton Senna – The Movie [International Trailer]”…

To add fuel to the fire that will be the Formula1 Austin USGP, Formula1 Team Williams loaned their 2011 Williams-Cosworth FW33 race car for promotional display at the SXSW Formula1 reception.  Here’s their official photo…

F1 Williams Race Car Austin - Official Senna SXSW Promational Photo

But I like these Formula1 SXSW Reception pictures much better of my race-enthusiasts friends, Sondra & Jack (Photos by Art Nunes).

Sondra & Jack at Senna SXSW film debut


Sondra, Jack & friend at Senna SXSW film debut

Seeing my two friends really helps to personalize this event.  It makes it more real that this forthcoming race venue & event is really progressing towards occurrence.  But, we must all take time out & think about…

Senna in a rare moment of peaceful reflection...

Racing Ready is reflecting about being a small part of this big picture! The next post you will read here will be special – it’s about brand new, hot Formula1 Austin USGP race track development footagestay tuned!


Groundbreaking News @ Austin USGP Site

Well, Tavo Hellmund stated that breaking ground & grading would have to start in December 2010.  This date is important to meet the deadlines necessary to complete the track & facility, with the race anticipated to be scheduled for June of 2012.  Here’s visual proof from this past Thursday, 30-DEC-2010!

Grading vehicles on Austin F1 USGP site.  Photo courtesy 0f AutoWeek.

This is more good news in the commencing progress of this world class project.  Having personally visited the site, this small group of vehicles is just a minuscule beginning.  Know that this is a grand project.  This is so based on the data & images that have been made known, thus far.

US Grand Prix Austin Formula 1 track design overvew - a "bird's eye" view...

Here are some of those details I had revealed prior:
Revealed, Austin Formula 1 Track Layout

Some say everything is bigger in Texas.  I’m sure this project will surely bear this out.  Racing Ready continues to keep these Austin F1 USGP snippets continuing!


Eyewitness Proof of Austin Formula 1 Track

Sunday, November 14th, 2010, I motored up to the environs of Elroy, Texas.  This was to visit the proposed site of the Austin Formula 1 USGP racing complex.

Proposed site for Formula 1 Racing in Austin 2012

I wanted to get a “before” general overview of the site.  I was with my visiting brother, Stephen, and I made the following statement:

“I am both unimpressed & overwhelmed!”

Unimpressed – the location seems to be in the middle of rural nowhere, about 10 miles & 15 minutes east of Interstate 35, & about 2 miles south of the Austin Bergstrom International Airport.
Overwhelmed – there is SO much that will have to be completed, made up from nothing.  What a HUGE job it will be!

It was hard to get any sort of land site picture from ground level.  Here’s a view from the south, looking to the north northwest – note the existing Exxon gas station off to the right.

Austin USGP Formula 1 Track Site - Before Panorama, from the south, looking north, nortwest!

This the mapped location of the panorama view shown above…the traced yellow “V” is the location photographed, the blue arrow indicates north.

Map of FM Road 812 - the southern border of the Austin USGP Formula 1 track site

Upon leaving the area, I saw a heavy truck entrance, identified by small (4″ to 6″) limestone rocks.  They were leading off the road’s shoulder onto the track property.  I noticed this at the last minute, as I drove by, & saw a brilliant flush of green.  I turned around & pulled Karlino over.  This area was what I’ll call an environmental testing site.  See for yourself:

Austin USGP Formula 1 Track Site - Karlino at the Environmental Test Site, from across FM Road 812.

Austin USGP Formula 1 Track Site - Environmental Test Site close up...

Austin USGP Formula 1 Track Site - Karlino at the Environmental Test Site, looking west down FM Road 812.

Based on that stake placed by the culvert (in the picture above), this test site looks to be the work of Terracon, a firm of consulting engineers and scientists.

I had no idea what to expect & was pleased to visit the area.  I can only imagine what things will look like as they evolve the site.  I wonder what will become of this Exxon convenience store…

Austin USGP Formula 1 Track Site - the humble convenience store-gas station

Austin USGP Formula 1 Track Site - Looking west from the convenience store.

Racing Ready will continue to keep you up to date on this as it continues to develop!


Where’s The Best Seat For Austin F1 USGP?

Recently, track designer Peter Wahl (who is a manager partner of Tilke, the company designing the USGP Austin track), suggested where the best spot is to sit for watching & best experiencing the Austin Formula 1 experience.  In the grandstands, in what many refer to the Hockenheim section, you get the view of cars roaring down the straight, then hard on the brakes & through a series of curves.

Here’s a picture of the actual Hockenheim arena section of the track in Germany.

Hockenheim Arena - track view

Below is Mr. Wahl pointing out the ideal seating location on the 3D model of the Austin’s proposed 3.4 mile USGP Formula 1 track.

Designer Wahl picks best seat in the F1 house, for the Austin USGP

Here’s a bird’s eye view, from the track another detail, giving you a better idea of the sight lines and the area, with a different perspective.

'The Spot' to watch the USGP Austin Formula 1 Race!

Racing Ready continues to be on the lookout for these Austin USGP “gems” of information.  This will be exciting for the Texas Racing Community!


Austin F1 USGP Site Grading Plans – PROOF!

Looking for tangible proof of the seriousness of USGP Formula 1 racing in Texas?

Austin F1 USGP - Public Infrastructure Improvements

Here’s some great overview shots of the grading plan details.  This is from those individuals already involved in getting the Formula 1 race course project off the ground near Austin, Texas.  Therefore, this is proof that all of these efforts have been underway for some time!

Austin F1 USGP - General Tract plans

Many people have stated causes for concern or other negativity.  These images demonstrate that most all concerns have already been addressed:

  • Making use of the natural terrain & area plans (fauna)

Austin F1 USGP - Wetland Plant List

  • Proper preparation for good, effective site bound traffic flow

Austin F1 USGP - Traffic Infrastructure Improvement Detail

  • Knowing the gas main lines’ locations & the important undertaking of the moving them away from the main thoroughfare

Austin F1 USGP - Existing Gas Lines' Detail

  • Wetlands/Eco-conservation & promoting the local fauna (doing construction steps with emphasis on the protection and improvement of existing vegetation)

Austin F1 USGP - Cross Section of a Typical Vegetated Bench Area

In addition, the existence of all these well-developed plans demonstrates the how much advance work has already been happening.  These had to have been started much earlier this year.  This was many months prior to the formal announcement of the USGP F1 venue for Austin, back this past May 25th, 2010.

Here’s the link of the actual Detailed Austin Site Grading Plans article.

Racing Ready is more enthused of the progress & reality of this project for 2012!


F1 USGP – Conceptual Master Plan Announced

Here’s the very latest in the progress of the VERY anticipated Formula 1 US Grand Prix – click the image below for more specific details:

Conceptual Master Plan - F1 US Grand Prix - Austin, Texas

This is more solid evidence that this WILL happen.  The local motor enthusiast & motorsports community in the Austin regional area will get a MAJOR shot in the arm as this develops.

Racing Ready wonders, what new businesses & entrepreneurial opportunities will come of all of this?


Revealed, Austin Formula 1 Track Layout

Finally, some long awaited US Grand Prix Austin Formula 1 information we can really sink our teeth into.

US Grand Prix Austin Formula 1 speeding toward South-Central Texas!

It’s here – the 3D, Tilke computer design of the track layout
Click the image below for a detailed PDF…

US Grand Prix Austin Formula 1 Tilke 3D computer track design course layout

Tavo Hellmund provided some general PR quotes today in announcing the US Grand Prix Austin Formula 1 track layout & design:

In the modern era of Grand Prix racing, I think this track layout and topography will be very special. It will have many of the elements of previous ‘classic’ circuits combined with the benefits of FIA-mandated safety for the competitors and spectators alike. Add in the amenities fans have come to expect, like rare, multiple-turn viewing opportunities for added value, and you have an ideal, world-class venue.

For the competitors, we’ll have all the ingredients necessary. You’ll see fast turns that require commitment from the drivers and technical turns that will test the engineers from a set-up point of view. We have a good deal of elevation to make it not only scenic but challenging also, and the view of downtown Austin is wonderful as well.

Here’s some good, hard & fast track specifications:

  • Taking advantage of the local topography, the track will have 133′ of elevations changes
  • The track length will be 3.4 miles, & can be divided into 2 separate tracks for different events
  • Top speed is calculated to be up to 200mph
  • There will be 20 turns, of every variety, with both uphill & downhill approaches
  • The track is designed to run counter-clockwise
  • And finally, something to counter some of the monotony of current F1 races: three “ideal” overtaking places…it would be great to see some real passing in the Formula 1 series again!

We shall see…!  Here’s a “10,000 foot view” rendering to give us a general idea of some more details of the layout. Click on the image below & you’ll be directed to a much higher quality, detailed PDF image!  You will even be able to see the correct racing line through the corners…

US Grand Prix Austin Formula 1 track design overvew - a "bird's eye" view...

Racing Ready is pleased to see these details finally revealed.  It has been stated that the graders should start breaking ground this coming December.  I think a series of pilgrimages should be organized & started up.  Who’s up for a road trip?