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Circuit of the Americas brings F1 racing to Austin – Click above to watch video after the jump

Austin's Circuit of the Americas race track has motorsports fans (and local business owners) dreaming big. The folks behind the circuit have put together a promotional video highlighting the many potential positives that CotA will bring to Austin, including new construction jobs and lots of race fans with cash to spend.

Not just a venue for Formula One and MotoGP racing, this Texas track will be used for business functions, full-size concerts and even a trauma training facility for area medical students. 'Course, if you don't really care about corporate retreats or a Kings of Leon concert, the F1 cars are scheduled to hit this track for the 2012 U.S. Grand Prix.

Click past the jump to check out the Circuit of the Americas promo video.

[Source: YouTube via Asphalt and Rubber]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The owners are going to lose their shirts on this facility. Indianapolis Motor Speedway deliberately let its Formula One contract expire because they weren't making any money on the race - and that's with a paid-for facility that has two other major events a year. They replaced Formula One with Moto-GP, and supposedly Moto-GP makes a profit.

      A lot of people don't like Tony George, but he took Indianapolis Motor Speedway from an aging track with trough urinals to a modern, squeaky clean facility with state-of-the-art safety features and a wider variety of racing.

      Perhaps Austin is more attractive than Indianapolis for the international traveler, but a larger proportion of the US population can drive to Indianapolis in a day, and for those who can't or don't want to, airfares are likely cheaper as well. If Formula One can't make a profit in Indianapolis, it will likely bring huge losses in Austin.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree that the venue is in an odd location but I also see the logistical problem of trying to find a place to put a big track. There are land costs and environmental studies that have a negative impact on having the race in a more logical location like the San Francisco area which would have been great as it would have been nearby to me and a lot of other F1 fans. Anyone who is not familiar with the car scene in Northern Cal probably doesn't know that there are 5 big road racing tracks ( all at least 2.5 miles in length) within a 4 hour drive of the Bay Area and virtually every one of their users is an F1 fan with a very high income from Silicon Valley. That would have been the best location in the country in my opinion but how would you ever construct a 600 foot wide track in the area where a cheap house is close to $900K.

        Austin it is although I expect it will be more difficult to get there and find accomodation than getting tickets...
      • 4 Years Ago
      slightly OT... when is IRL going to put a Labor Day road race at INDY.... seems a natural
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a pretty tough track. Hopefully there's room for more than one pass in a race.
        gmfanboi
        • 4 Years Ago
        Theirs only enough room for passings more than twice if its a track bilt for chevy noxs. Can u imagine a race team developd just for a chevy nox circuit? It would be really awesome, just sayin. Onstar > F1!!!!!!

        Would be eve nbetter to have chevy noxs nd chevy camaros race eachother for different sections of the track, like a relay race! It would be aweosome only because chevys could handle the roughntumble abuse of such a race. Would be really awesome, again the stats don't like! Onstar > F1!!!
        gmfanboi
        • 4 Years Ago
        Pretty convincing isn't it?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks like the powers that be are already starting to delete some of gmfanboi's inane comments. Can't wait until he's banned completely.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This place is truly amazing! I live about 10 miles away from the site and despite the infrastructure problems that may arise, I still can't believe that F1 is coming to my hometown. Words cannot express my excitement for this soon to be beautiful facility!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, these guys have balls if nothing else. To spend this kind of money based on the whims of the little dwarf marionette Bernie is something. I'm sure they know he's gone for the next offer for $1. more. Let's hope they can entice all the major racing series to hold an event there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      gmfanboi, iDrive is a BMW system, NOT a Toyota system. Get your facts straight before you post.
      RouseHouse
      • 4 Years Ago
      Still upset that Indy didn't renew the F1 race. The only race I got to go to was the tire debacle...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone know what an average F1 event/race ticket goes for?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Canada is one of the cheapest - it is about $240 for a seat in the grandstand for the weekend

        Europe depends on the venue but figure about $550 for that same seat

        Middle East 1 oil well and a Veyron.. just kidding

        They will probably subsidise the tickets but I would guess that they will have to get at least $250 to pay the Bernie tax
      • 4 Years Ago
      Respect for international motorsports in the US? Did Hell just freeze over? No surprise they were arrogant enough to give it a name implying it's the only track worth mentioning in the hemisphere.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Okay so the last bit was a little uncalled for, sorry. :) Glad we're making some progress at least.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Who peed in your cheerios? Wow man, just wow, you have a SERIOUS chip on your shoulder. They named the track that to be inclusive, rather than exclusive you moron. They said they wanted it to be a track with a broad name so it wasn't just something for Austin or TX to be proud of, but rather the whole region.

        Grow up and start living glass half full.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks fantastic. A real world class circuit finally in the United States of America. I can't wait to see it in person or on television. Congratulations.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The US already had THE world class facility, though I can't blame the Euro's from not wanting to go to Indianapolis for their one trip to the US... Austin is the perfect place... and it won't even seem hot in the summer after visiting Dubai and the other ME locals...

      Given this track is in the US, it should have put in a 180 degree, 20+ degree banked curve in it somewhere... and certainly wish it wasn't a Tilke track... but given the timeline, and the need to ensure the proper amount of kickbacks to Bernie it had to be done...

      Don't worry about this getting finished on time, its Texas, and we can still build roads and buildings quickly, the construction crew won't be from the NY or CT DOT
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hahahah I love this part
      "Don't worry about this getting finished on time, its Texas, and we can still build roads and buildings quickly, the construction crew won't be from the NY or CT DOT"

      I used to live in Austin Texas and now I live in New York City and I say YES Texans DOT does better job than NYC DOT.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ouch! I *do* live in Austin and TxDOT couldn't build a 4" square raft out of popcicle sticks in less than 6 months. Unless, of course, you didn't really need it to float, in which case it might only take 5.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Mike

        Unless it's a bike lane or toll road, in which case it'll be proposed, approved, and built in approximately 5 minutes.
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