• Jan 3, 2011
Austin's F1 track breaks ground – Click above to watch the video after the jump

How long does it take to lap the future site of the United States Grand Prix? 31 minutes, according to reports. But that's before any pavement has been laid down.

Organizers of the upcoming F1 race in Texas planned on breaking ground on the site – currently little more than a bumpy plot of wilderness – by December 2010, and they've apparently just made the target, as construction equipment was spotted there before the end of the year. Contractors for the $250 million facility have already been assigned for the project that is slated to finish construction by summertime 2012.

The Austin-based American-Statesman met the construction crews on the site and have compiled a report you can view after the jump, along with a written report available at the link below. Thanks for the tips, all!

[Source: American-Statesman]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      so how long before people start buying houses and property in the vicinity and then start complaining about the noise.

      I would love to be at the town meeting so I can slap them upside the head!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lets see if the same thing will happen here for this track and construction like they proposed USF1 team...

      They started with alll the hype in the world and then everything fell through and nothing happen at all.... Lets see you deliver this track, BIG BAD MIGHTY USA.....

      Lets see that you have alll talk and no action... Again...
      inklessideas
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's got to be the most unhappy narrator I've ever heard.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @inklessideas
        I think she is being held against here will, obviously forced to read that script. Probably at gun point.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Should've been here in Houston; We got the cowboys and oil all over. Austin's got too many hippies. Don't be surprised if some prius driving hipsters start protesting at some point.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Super excited!!! And in my own back yard!
      • 4 Years Ago
      June 2012 isn't very long away. Hope they work fast!
      • 4 Years Ago
      MAKE IT A NIGHT RACE!!!! Then more people will watch in the US and won't have to wake up too early. And then you could get some accidental viewers from people how are just flipping through the channels
        • 4 Years Ago
        that is the thing, i don't think US viewers will watch something at that time
        • 4 Years Ago
        eh?

        night racing was done so european viewers can watch.
        in case of the USGP it should be morning race.

        11.00, 12.00 (am) or 13.00 PST at max
      Vancito
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you support Formula 1 returning to the US, join "Friends of Formula 1 Austin Texas" on Facebook and Linkedin.com
      Great commentary, pictures and anything related to the new circuit in Austin Texas.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Microsoft Sam/Anna could have probably reported this story with a better voice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm extremely excited about F1 coming to my hometown, Austin is a wonderful city and would certainly be a suitable city for the USGP. I just hope it isn't in June, summer in Texas is strikingly similar to the inside of an oven.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hope they hit a little black gold on the way down.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Texas Tea?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oil? In Austin? Sounds like You need to visit Austin, there aren't just cowboys and oilmen here. Now y'all, I'm fixin to go feed my horse outside .
      • 4 Years Ago
      So they haven't graded the track layout?
      I guess they're depending on the numbers from the computer for a good track... not going out in a few rental cars and finding the line (which is the way I'd done it.)
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