Category Archives: Formula1 Austin USGP

Articles of interest regarding the development of the Formula 1 Austin United States Grand Prix (USGP) track, race, & related activities.

F1Nightly.com Campgrounds: Austin F1 Camping, Parking, Convenience & More!

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As a Formula 1 race fan, if you’re like me, you have already purchased your tickets to the upcoming Austin F1 USGP (& anxiously awaiting their arrival).  It’s less than 5 weeks away!!!  You might have even considered buying one of the Circuit of The Americas‘ (CoTA) reserved parking lot passes, to avoid the included (with your CoTA tickets) no charge shuttle & associated parking hassle.

CoTA Ground Transporation - the 2 free Park & Ride locations...

But… you still are wondering & haven’t made plans to stay somewhere during race weekend evenings.  Rooms are getting harder to find, anywhere reasonably near the track.  Here’s an article that just came out yesterday: F1 is Filling Rooms Way Outside Austin.  If you, like me, cannot justify $400+/per night hotel stays & are not averse to camping (or have an RV/Camper to use), then I have a great solution!  F1Nightly.com Campgrounds!

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I was pleased to meet & interview Jason Anderson, manager of F1Nightly.com last week.  For those of us wanting convenient & fairly priced camping, camping parking & shuttle transfers to CoTA, THIS is the ticket!

The F1Nightly.com Campgrounds promotional vehicle, in front of Wild Bubba's Wild Game Grill

I have been following this camping site (& more) for some time now.  I felt it necessary to ask Jason some questions, to clarify details & share the them with you.  I was sure others who have already visited the F1Nightly.com site had similar questions.

We sat down over lunch at Wild Bubba’s Wild Game Grill.  Jason & I talked about his vision for F1Nightly.com & what he is offering his clients.  Overall, he felt that this is one event, like no other, that he’s found clients having to do SO much research & logistics coordination to make it all work.  So, for those of us that want to park, camp &/or utilize an RV near CoTA, & get onsite at the track, he’s made the solution(s) much easier.  I will go into more details shortly.

A direct quote from the F1Nightly.com website sums it up nicely:

You’ve got F1 Austin tickets to the Formula One™ USGP.  Now how are you getting in with your F1 Austin Tickets?  You need a place to park for F1 Austin, camping at US GP Austin, maybe an RV site near the Circuit of The Americas.  You know what it’s going to be like – hours and hours of hassles trying move 100K+ people around by bus!  One word, WOW!  Really, you don’t have to put yourself through it.

Explore the properties operated by F1Nightly.com listed on the left side of this page (of their website) and select the products that fit your needs.  For more information, read each property and product description carefully before making your final selection or call anytime 512-217-2706.  Campgrounds are open during the events only.  We look forward to serving your camping needs!

Essentially, F1Nighly.com offers 4 products that you can mix & match, as needed for your situation (RV specifics are a bit different…):

  • Grand Prix Camping – $39/per person, per night
  • RV sites – $800 to $1000, depending on rig size, up to 60′ & Big Rig friendly
    (RV services extra)
  • Grand Prix Camping Parking Permit – $35/per night
  • F1Nightly.com VIP Wristband – $60/per day for Transfers directly to Circuit of The Americas™ • ABIA airport transfers • Hot Breakfast • Firewood

F1Nightly.com Campgrounds product selection

Here are more specific details regarding this camping/RV site which offers the following to ALL camping guests:

  • Camping parking, camping, hot showers, & clean flushing toilets
  • Compact RV Sites typically 30×24
  • Large RV & Big Rig Sites, up to 60′ in length
  • 40×40 covered pavilion with BBQ and fire pits
  • Live entertainment night planned for the weekend
    (a Keg Party night & a Fajita Dinner w/Mariachi & horses!)
  • Water ($50) & Pump’n Dump ($65) Services for RVs available
  • Convenience store & ATM just a mile away

I asked for more information about the hot showers & flushing toilets units.  The showers building is currently under construction onsite.  For the “facilities”, these are the nice, free-standing units from AustinOutHouse.com that will be used.  Here are interior & exterior shots to review:

AOH restroom trailer exterior & interior

The VIP Wristband is great!  It will provide you transfer transportation from the camping/RV sites, directly to the most convenient (in my opinion) CoTA parking lot – Lot P (see map below).  This will provide an added convenience, as you will be able to leave personal belongings on the bus.  The driver will be there on standby all the time.  These motorcoaches will be scheduled to leave the F1Nightly.com sites at 8:30am, stay at CoTA all day, & depart to the camping/RV sites at 4:30pm.

CoTA onsite parking lots - note blue arrow pointing to Lot P

Speaking of maps, F1Nightly.com Campgrounds is only about 1.25 miles east of CoTA, just off of Highway FM 812, past Peterson Road.  See mapped details below (click to enlarge):

F1Nightly.com Campgrounds - Google Maps, Satellite & Map views

If all this is a solution you want to consider, if you have reviewed the F1Nightly.com website, & want more information or assistance, go ahead…  Call #512-217-2706 or e-mail them at: info@f1nightly.com.  Jason & his staff will be happy to oblige.  He continues to book more individuals & groups daily: Don’t wait any longer!

Racing Ready will be there – Happy Camping & GO RACE !

Dan

Elroy Block Party, Saturday – 10/13, See CoTA!

Driving down the north-south portion of Elroy Road, this past weekend, just a couple miles north of Elroy, TX, I came across this sign:

Elroy Block Party sign

Close-up of the printed details (click to enlarge further):

Elroy Block Party details - for October 13, 2012

Your next question might be: “Where the Hell is Elroy, Texas?”

Where the Hell is Elroy, Texas?

Elroy is just a few miles south of the ABIA (Austin-Bergstrom International Airport).  Its recent claim to fame is being the home of Circuit of The Americas (CoTA).  Some have nicknamed Elroy, Texas – Speed City, Texas.

Speed City, Texas

So, if you’re in the neighborhood of Elroy next Saturday, October 13, 2012, check it out.  Here’s a panorama shot of CoTA turns 10 & 11 (& beyond), to give you an idea of the track view!

CoTA Turns 10-11 Panorama - October 8, 2012

Racing Ready was there, checking up on track readiness progress, this past Columbus Day.

GO RACE !

Dan

Marussia F1™ Team Social Media Driver Fulfillment

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I bring over four years of amateur motorsports blogging & social media experience at RacingReady.com.  I passionately celebrate Formula 1 racing throughout the season, as witnessed by my facilitating local race watch parties via the San Antonio F1 Club.

San Antonio F1 Club - Celebrating the Formula One Fiesta!

Following the challenging birth of Circuit of The Americas, I share my personal visits onsite & inform fans about track construction & event anticipation progress.  While watching Formula 1 races on television, I have always wanted to be with SPEED at Will Buxton’s side, sharing F1 news & views with fans worldwide.

At the Austin F1 USGP, as the Marussia F1 Team Social Media Driver, I’ll inform fans of daily GP activities with a fresh point of view.  Interviewing team members, interacting with fans, capturing impressions, photos & videos, F1 fans will be able to share my witnessed Marussia passion.  I will be living & sharing the F1 dream!

Austin F1 Fan Fest Intro & CoTA Transportation Issues

AUSTIN - Texas Charm, Global Appeal

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.

City Council Chambers in Austin, Texas

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).

AUSTIN - Serving the Global Community with Local Flavor - Are You Ready?

Here are some of the slides shown during the presentation – I will let their content speak for themselves (as always, click to enlarge)…

Austin Fan Fest 2012 (1) - Map Overview

Austin Fan Fest 2012 (2) - Street & Lot Closures

Austin Fan Fest 2012 (3) - Austin is HOT!

Austin Fan Fest 2012 (4) - Austin Uniqueness!

Austin Fan Fest 2012 (5) - Who Are F1 Fans

Austin Fan Fest 2012 (6) - Be Prepared

Austin Fan Fest 2012 (7) - What VISITORS WIll Expect

Austin Fan Fest 2012 (8) - What YOU Should Expect

Austin Fan Fest 2012 (9) - Tips For Success

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

CoTA Transporation - Park & Ride Maps

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!

CoTA Area Investment Properties in Development

I hope we can start this as a rumor that comes to total fruition!  Racing Ready thinks it should…we can only HOPE SO!!!

Dan

CoTA Progress Witnessed, w/Exclusive Trackside Comparison Images

Saturday, I was able to visit Wild Bubba’s Wild Game Grill, along with Michael Cox, Business Manager of KHP Consulting.  KHP handles an integral role of getting together & coordinating the logistics for Formula 1 events.  In this case, they are acting as a coordinating liaison between the Formula 1 machine & Circuit of The Americas (CoTA).

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KHP will work with Circuit of The Americas’ marketing, public relations and guest services departments, to develop innovative programs and accommodation, promoting positive experiences for teams, drivers and fans.

“Opening a new Grand Prix venue and preparing for the tens of thousands of race fans and national and international media representatives that will attend a F1 event takes careful planning and execution,” said Julie Loignon, vice president of public and community relations for Circuit of The Americas.  “KHP has significant expertise upon which our management team can draw, and the consulting firm’s years of experience serving the F1 community will be invaluable to us as we move quickly towards our grand opening this fall.”

I met Michael last August, when he made an anticipatory visit to South/Central Texas. You can read here about what he experienced.  Today I introduced him to Wild Bubba (aka Wyman Gilliam).  We were able to share F1 event “how to” questions & possible expected logistical present & future plans.  We also enjoyed antelope burgers – VERY good!

Wild Bubba, Michael Cox of KHP & Racing Ready Dan at the Wild Game Grill - 2012-07-14

We also were able to see new developments of CoTA & the environs.  Quite a bit has changed since I took pictures in June of 2011.  Here’s 2 “then & now” pix for you to enjoy.  These will allow you to appreciate the great progress CoTA has achieved & some of the views (& viewing areas from the nearby General Admission areas).

CoTA view comparison, Turn 11 - June 2011 to July 2012

– AND –

CoTA view comparison, Turns 10 & 12 plus - June 2011 to July 2012

With about 4 months to go till the Austin F1 USGP debuts on November 18th, there is still a lot to complete.  Most of the track circuit has had the 1st (of three) layers of asphalt paved.  Although we were not able to actually be onsite at CoTA, the activities documented on the Web, along with conversations with those in the know, all of this will come to fruition in a timely manner.

Racing Ready grows more excited in anticipation of this new, world-class, motorsports event to come.  Austin & CoTA will pull this all off well & will continue to improve in subsequent years.

Dan

Attend Formula Expo in Austin for 1/2 Price!

Yesterday, I was perusing a friend’s LinkedIn account.  He had found a 1/2 price offer for Formula Expo tickets – $7.50 instead of $15.00!  This is available from TravelZoo, here!

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This is a situation where I’m glad I procrastinated until the last minute.  If you are not yet familiar with what the Formula Expo is all about, here’s a copy of their press release (Click image to enlarge…)

Formula Expo - Descriptive Press Release

If you decide to take advantage of this offer you will receive a voucher somewhat like mine.

Formula Expo half-price voucher (made not useable)

Hopefully you can make the Formula Expo this weekend!
Racing Ready hopes to see you there, then…

Formula Expo 2012

Dan

CoTA Announces Austin F1 USGP 3-Day Ticket Purchasing!

SELECT YOUR SEATING FOR THE 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™

This is the topic everyone’s been asking me – when will the tickets for the Austin F1 race event be sold & for how much?  So, if you’re not signed up on Circuit of The Americas‘ (CoTA) mailing list, here’s the focused press release that came out this afternoon:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:  Julie Loignon
Office:  512.536.1457
Julie.Loignon@circuitoftheamericas.com

Circuit of The Americas announces on-sale date and pricing for 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ reserved grandstand bleacher seats and general admission tickets.
Three-day tickets to prestigious international event start at $159 and include round-trip shuttle service

Austin, Texas (June 5, 2012)– Circuit of The Americas today announced the date when members of the public can purchase three-day reserved grandstand bleacher seats and general admission tickets to the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™, set for Nov. 16-18, 2012. The soon-to-be-completed center for premium sports and entertainment in Austin, Texas, will host the return of the world-famous Formula 1™ racing series to the United States for the first time in five years. Three-day reserved grandstand bleacher seats and general admission tickets to the highly anticipated event go on sale Sunday, June 10, at 10 a.m. EDT, at www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com/tickets.

Three-day general admission tickets are priced at an affordable $159 per person and allow fans to choose their views of the action from several grassy berms and spacious public areas surrounding the 375-acre state-of-the-art facility designed by Tilke GmbH, the famed German architectural company known for its work on signature F1™ circuits. Three-day reserved grandstand bleacher seats range in price from $269 to $499 per person and offer guests spectacular views from vantage points around the 3.4-mile racetrack, including Turns 2, 3, 4, 5, 11 and 12.

Prices for reserved grandstand bleacher seats depend on location and are detailed in the table that follows (see supplemental table with comparable 2012 Grand Prix grandstand reserved seating pricing on page 3). All three-day reserved grandstand bleacher seats and general admission tickets include round-trip shuttle bus transportation from three designated park-and-ride locations in the greater Austin area. Shuttle bus pick-up/drop-off locations include the corner of 15th Street and Trinity Street in downtown Austin, the Travis County Fair and Expo Center at 7311 Decker Lane, and at a location in southeast Travis County that will be announced this summer.

Seating Area Three-Day Ticket Price  Per Person
General Admission $159
Grandstand – Turn 11 $269
Grandstand – Turns 2, 3, 4 and 5 $299
Grandstand – Turn 12 (lower rows) $399
Grandstand – Turn 12 (upper rows) $499

“Formula 1™ fans and motorsports enthusiasts around the world have eagerly anticipated this news, and we’re excited to launch public ticket sales for our inaugural event in the next few days,” Circuit Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer Geoff Moore said. “We have options to fit every pocketbook.

“Information provided by the public was crucial as we finalized prices for the 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™. We received fan input from extensive customer surveys and through market research from other Grands Prix and comparable premier, international, multi-day sporting events. In the final analysis, we wanted to make this event affordable to F1 fans around the country. Whether they want a reserved seat or the freedom to explore our expansive facility with a general admission ticket, they will enjoy great views and amenities.”

FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ tickets go on sale Sunday, June 10, 2012, at 10 a.m. EDT. To select and purchase tickets, fans should visit www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com/tickets, www.ticketmaster.com (use the search terms “Circuit of The Americas” or “Formula 1 United States Grand Prix”), or dial the Ticketmaster hotline, 800.745.3000, to review available options.

Customers interested in premium seating options, such as personal seat licenses with season tickets and on-site parking, can submit information through the “Tickets” section of Circuit’s official website and will be contacted by a sales representative for more information. Circuit of The Americas sales representatives are available Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CDT at 512.301.6600.

Additional information about Grand Prix transportation and travel packages, facility hours of operation, special events and entertainment, and items permitted inside Circuit of The Americas during the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ will be announced in the coming weeks.

For those of you who will be attending the next San Antonio F1 Club race watch party, we can share this good news at the Lion & Rose Pub, Alamo Heights location, this coming Sunday, June 10, 2012.  We will be watching the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal LIVE!  Pre-race starts at 1:00pm, with the actual race start happening at 1:30pm.  So, buy your tickets, don’t be late!

GO RACE !

Racing Ready strongly suggests you visit www.SanAntonioF1Club.com for more F1 Race Watch Party details & data!

Dan