• May 28, 2010
We now know who will be drawing up the Austin, Texas Formula One circuit. According to ESPN F1, the man behind the grand prix track will be none other than Hermann Tilke – the sport's favorite designer. His engineering firm has been behind over 10 tracks since 1998 and is currently working on at least four others, including the new facility here in the good ol' US of A.

ESPN F1 also says that a site has been selected for the course and that land has already been set aside. Even so, the location won't be made public for some time. That's all fine and good, but if the track is going to be completed by the supposed 2012 finish date, workers are going to need to start moving earth in a hurry. By everyone's best estimate, it will take at least three years to get everything in order for the race. At this point, organizers have less than half of that time.

There is some speculation that Austin's selection as the location of the U.S. Grand Prix is simply intended to scare Monticello Motor Club in New York into sweetening the deal for F1. Originally, the MMC was the frontrunner to host the race, and the facility is already set up to handle that level of motorsport. Right now, Monticello's organizers are waiting to see if Austin can pull everything together in time.

[Source: ESPN F1 | Image: JJWright85 via CC 2.0]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I have lived in New York state for many years and have attended many F1 races at Watkins Glen, NY from 1966 on. As luck would have it I live in Austin, TX now. Austin is one of the greatest places to live in this country, period. Having a F1 track and race here is just the normal progression for this city, high tech, young population age, hip, progressive and a lot of land to develope. That and it is in the middle of the "Texas Triangle", Houston, 4th largest; San Antonio, 7th largest & Dallas, 8th largest in the United States, all within a 4 hour drive. The only problem I see is that more people will want to move here!
        Miemban_Texas
        • 4 Years Ago
        You hit it perfect...
        I travelled almost all tha states & cities in the united states & Austin is the best place to live & raise a family in the world.
        Always take care...
        I live nearby Travis lake, it's wow place...
        God bless you!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The builders better have some sort of contract in case Ecgallstones does try to screw them once MMC caves.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As some others have said his tracks dont tend to be the most exciting, especially with the new rules, unless It Rains! So .......... build the track up here in Seattle, hold the race in April or May and we should get lots of exciting racing!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tilke? Sorry, but his tracks are...well, like Dustin said, "lacking." Turns are good, but his are...well, they're not my favorite. Switchbacks CAN be overused, y'know?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was excited until I heard Tilke was designing the track.
      • 4 Years Ago
      oh not another boring tilke track with one meaninglessly long straight, a bunch of short straights connected with 30kmh limit chicanes

      besides, why does all new tracks have to be designed by him?
      cant see why he can dictate the f1 track design rights. perhaps he is a boyfreind of ecclestone or something. lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      I spoke to a good friend of mine today about this announcement. He was just as surprised about Austin. Neither of us have been to Texas. We will however make our way out to see at least 1 race.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmmmm im not to excited about Location, not to much out there near bastrop and dale vally, but I am jumping off the walls that Austin is getting Fourmula 1. I cant wait to go to a race. hope this turns out well so it will shut up all the haters
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not to worry. Non-union labor in Texas works fast.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd much much rather see this happen at Monticello
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where is AB finding these photos? The Austin skyline hasn't looked like that in 5 years. It can't be THAT hard to google.

      http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_6-cimD_a3go/S6uywtHgDtI/AAAAAAAAATc/uOAYoUFcmYs/s1600/_MG_7663sdp.jpg

      There, at least this one has the Austonian in it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't wait to see what the tire companies have to do to keep the rubber good. The issues they were having at Indy were terrible.
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