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.

Preliminary Austin Formula 1 Track Details

Here’s a few more details about the preparations for the Austin Formula 1 track & design.  Final details are still pending…

Formula 1 generic graphic design

The proposed circuit will be located 20 miles from Austin on 900 acres of land.  Tavo Hellmund said recently that the layout will feature 20 corners spread over 3.2 miles of the “natural terrain road course.”

U.S. Grand Prix promoter Tavo Hellmund says that his yet-to-be constructed racetrack near Austin will accommodate up to 130,000 to 140,000 fans.   “It will be the biggest thing Austin has ever had,” Hellmund said.  He claimed that the track’s grandstands might accommodate 50,000 fans, while the rest of the attendees could enjoy the race from various open spaces around the facility.

Exactly when the race will take place remains unknown, but Hellmund assured his audience that it will not be held in the scorching-hot months of July or August.

Tavo revealed that the track will feature “four real passing zones.”

Tilke logo

As for the track’s construction time line–work is planned to begin in December–Peter Wahl, a director of the Hermann Tilke-owned circuit-design company, said that the project is doable in time for a race in 2012. “[The time issue] does not frighten us,” he said.

Racing Ready is waiting, as is the rest of racing fan community, for more details.  We’ll do our best to keep you in the loop!

Dan

Austin Formula 1 Location & Investor Revealed

Formula 1 United States Coming to Austin 2012

Earlier today, Tavo Hellmund announced 3 important items to advance the progress of Formula 1 in Austin, Texas for June 2012 (the official press release is here):

  • Red McCombs support as the primary “mover & shaker” investor.
  • The proposed location to be SE of the Austin airport!
  • Formula 1 launched a new website, as well – formula1unitedstates.com.

Sources say it will be on 900 acres that were originally slated to be the Wandering Creek real estate development, near Elroy in southeastern Travis County.  We’ll see if the accuracy of this bears out as true in the coming days.  Here’s a good location map I found:

Proposed site for Formula 1 Racing in Austin 2012

The priorities that Tavo & Red share for the 2012 Formula One initiative are as follows:

  1. Bring value and economic development to the state of Texas
  2. Create value for partners
  3. Make this one of the truly great sporting events in the world

Here’s a satellite image with all the important landmarks indicated – click to enlarge:

Satellite map of proposed site for Formula 1 Racing in Austin 2012

We shall see…  Racing Ready surely wants this to happen.  Okay, so what’s this track course layout going to be like?  More here as the news evolves…

Dan

How Austin & Formula One Are the Right Match

Sondra Sondregger, a respected Austin-based autocrosser & HPDE (High Performance Driver Education) promoter, is very active & involved in the South/Central Texas motorsports community.  Sondra has even started her own HPDE endeavor, Velocity Adventures Texas.

Velocity Adventures - Don't Dream of Being Fast, BE FAST!

Sondra was interviewed on the radio (along with Eric Beverding of Harris Hill Road) a couple of weeks ago.  They discussed the pros & cons of Formula 1 coming to Austin.  Suffice it to say, like me, Sondra (& Eric) is VERY pro about this.

From all the information she had researched in preparing for this interview, she put together this recently published in the Austin Post.  It’s about why having Formula 1 come to Austin makes SO much sense!  Sondra provides a LOT of good data & thoroughly prepared information.  Well done!  Here’s just a teaser snippet – click here for the full article:

A lot of attention has been paid to all of the people who are opposing Formula One’s presence in Austin, but I am one of the many really excited about it. I really don’t have a dog in the fight and little to gain other than that I like Formula One, am thrilled that we have been honored to have been chosen as the location for such a prestigious event and track, and I think that this is a very good opportunity for Austin’s economy, both in the way of the immediate benefits and in the way of the more lasting benefits of business relocation…

Racing Ready can’t agree more.  We’ll continue to share more here as it becomes available!  Rumor has it that they’ll be announcing the track location this week – we shall see…

Dan

Latest News About Formula 1 In Austin, TX

I had been wondering about the latest progress about Austin, Texas really getting the Formula 1 to start racing in June 2012.  Here’s some information from the official promotion folks, Full Throttle Productions, LP.

Full Throttle Productions, L.P.

Welcome.  Thank you for your interest in the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™.  As you are aware, Austin, Texas, will host the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ from 2012 through 2021, bringing Formula 1 racing back to the U.S.  This milestone project has been in the works for several years and has involved significant collaboration between Formula One Management and Full Throttle Productions, LP.

In addition, here’s an e-mailed response to an inquiry:

Subject: Thank you for interest in the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix(TM).
Reply-To: info@fullthrottleproductionslp.com

Dear Formula 1 Race Fan,

Thank you for your interest in the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™. As you are aware, Austin, Texas, will host the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ from 2012 through 2021, bringing Formula 1 racing back to the U.S. This milestone project has been in the works for several years and has involved significant collaboration between Formula One Management and Full Throttle Productions, LP.

To keep all interested parties up to speed, we will launch a project website within the next week or so. We will be sharing information about the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ in Austin as well as F1 Grand Prix events being held across the world. Over the course of the summer, we will be releasing information on our website and to our fans regarding:

  • Site location
  • Master plan
  • Facility renderings, and
  • Track layout

We look forward to sharing more with you soon!  Stay tuned…

Full Throttle Management

Hmmm – very sanitary & a tease, too!  Racing Ready wants some REAL answers, as I’m sure you do as well…stay tuned!

Dan

More Formula 1 in Austin, Texas Snippets!

More “proof” of Formula 1 actually coming to Austin in 2012 continues to filter in.  I found a video of Tavo Hellmund, race promoter of Full Throttle Productions, recorded at his lawyer’s office.  I’ll  let the 3+ minute video speak for itself – just click below.

Tavo Hellmund discusses the path of Formula 1 to Austin, TX in this video!

 

Seems like some pretty solid statements that Tavo makes…  What do you think?

Formula 1 logo

Another informed source released some solid information as to what could be the parcel of land under consideration for the Formula 1 venue.  Seems like a good choice, both close & remote enough, just along the Texas 130 corridor, of off Pearce Lane…we shall see!  I misplaced the link with more specific details.  Sorry, but here’s the image of that parcel:

Possible Formula 1 parcel SE of Austin, TX

Here’s another introduction/information video that gives more of an Austin slant:

Formula One track to be built within 10 miles of ABIA

 

But here’s a statement from Tavo reflecting a different, not-so-great tone:

But Austin promoter Tavo Hellmund, reportedly a friend of Ecclestone’s for decades, said he is not worried about the tight schedule for 2012.

“If it [the date] slides back, it slides back,” he said.

As more data comes across the Racing Ready desk whether it be “solid” or some really interesting rumors, I’ll post it here!

Dan

Formula 1 Grand Prix! Austin, Texas! For Real?

Today my personal e-mail Inbox blew up!  I received ALL sorts of Internet chatter & some interesting links about Formula 1 & Bernie Ecclestone, setting up for Formula 1 to race in the Austin, Texas environs.  The exact location is still not known, but many rumors are already afoot.  The contract is slated to run from 2012 to 2021.

2010 Formula 1 - a detailed visual overview

A few years back, there was word of a Formula 1 style track facility to be built somewhere west of Austin, to be called the Bergrennenring.  I recall reading something about that, but it seemed to have died in the vine.  The last post to their blog was in February, 2008.

Bergrennenring logo

This time round there is some major name dropping going on:

  • Bernie Ecclestone, the “grand poobah” of F1 himself is quoted
  • Rick Perry, the Governor of Texas, puts his promotional 2 cents in
  • Lee Leffingwell, the Mayor of Austin is rightly impressed

“This is a case of the right timing in the right place,” said Austin-based Tavo Hellmund, the managing partner of race promoter Full Throttle Productions, a special event and sports production company that was formed in 2005.

Based on all the Internet chatter, this is something so very many in the regional motorsports community are looking forward to.  Here’s the major article links I have found.  Go ahead, read them at your leisure:

Thanks to Monica, SPOKES member, here’s the one quote that sums all this up best!

Something being announced in Formula 1 doesn’t mean it’ll actually happen.

Racing Ready thought that IndyCar was the only professional series of world class open wheel racing, to be available nearby.  The next one is the Firestone 550K, at the Texas Motor Speedway.  This race takes place on June 5th, 2010.

Well, now we’ve a sense of world class racing hope!  This will make South/Central Texas more of an authentic motorsports activity hub.  We’ll see what develops…

Dan