If you were among those who thought that Formula One and Texas would go together like pickles and ice cream, well, you may be right. And you may not be terribly disappointed, either, by the latest news surrounding the United States Grand Prix.

The first F1 race to come to the United States in half a decade was scheduled to take place next year in Austin, Texas. However, following doubts expressed by F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone on the project's progress, the latest development has construction on the Circuit of the Americas – the new motorsport complex being built to host the event – grinding to a halt.

A statement released by the track's administration confirms that the construction project has been put on hold indefinitely over a dispute with the company responsible for promoting the race. Apparently, Full Throttle Productions has yet to produce an actual contract with Formula One Management, or with organizers of the MotoGP series, prompting those behind the Circuit of the Americas to send home the 300 workers building it until Full Throttle can demonstrate that it will be used.

Here's hoping the parties can resolve their dispute and get back to business. Otherwise we'll have to wait another year for the Grand Prix of America to arrive in New Jersey. Follow the jump for the official announcement.
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Circuit of The Americas™ Suspends Construction Pending Race Contract Delivery
Readiness for Formula 1™ United States Grand Prix™ Not Yet Affected

AUSTIN, Texas – November 15, 2011 – Organizers of Circuit of The Americas, a premier motor
sports racing and entertainment venue being developed in Austin, Texas, are suspending further construction of the project until a contract assuring the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix will be held at Circuit of The Americas in 2012 is complete. The race contract between Formula One and Circuit of The Americas has not been conveyed to Circuit of The Americas per a previously agreed upon timetable.

While construction at Circuit of The Americas has progressed as scheduled with over 300 workers at the construction site daily, all work will suspend immediately. The delivery of the Formula One Grand Prix race contract will allow construction operations to resume.

"We have spent tremendous resources preparing for the Formula One and MotoGP™ Championship races, but the failure to deliver race contracts gives us great concern," said Bobby Epstein, founding partner of Circuit of The Americas. "We believe the United States is vital for the future of Formula One and its teams and sponsors. Given the purpose-built Tilke design, creating a unique fan experience and iconic challenge for drivers, we hope that Texas will not be left behind.

Over 100,000 fans have expressed an interest in purchasing tickets for Formula One alone."
"It is in the best interest of all parties to reach a timely resolution," said Red McCombs, chairman of McCombs Enterprises and founding partner of Circuit of The Americas. "Local businesses, fans and the State of Texas are counting on us."

About Circuit of The Americas
Circuit of The Americas will be a world-class destination for performance, education and business. It will be the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States designed for any and all classes of racing, from motor power to human power.

The Circuit of The Americas master plan features a variety of permanent structures designed for business, education, entertainment and race use. Its signature element will be a 3.4-mile (5.5-km) circuit track. Other support buildings will include a medical facility, 14 executive meeting suites, a conference center, and a banquet hall, as well as an expansive outdoor live music space. Future proposed amenities include a driving/riding experience, a motorsports driving club, kart track, grand plaza event center and tower, and a trackside recreational vehicle park. For more information and downloadable video, audio and photos, visit: www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com


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      Justin B.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Crap like this is why nothing comes here and everything leaves.
      Andrew
      • 3 Years Ago
      Full Throttle Productions, released a statement via email late Tuesday afternoon: “After years of effort in getting F1 to Austin, Full Throttle Productions and city, county and state officials have done all we could. It is the responsibility of Circuit of the Americas to bring it across the finish line. For the sake of everyone, we are hopeful that they can reach an agreement with Formula 1.” Texas isn't spending any money on this until the race actually happens too. So looks like everything's bigger in there, including failure.
        dukeisduke
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        "Full Throttle Productions, released a statement via email late Tuesday afternoon: 'After years of effort in getting F1 to Austin, Full Throttle Productions and city, county and state officials have done all we could. It is the responsibility of Circuit of the Americas to bring it across the finish line. For the sake of everyone, we are hopeful that they can reach an agreement with Formula 1.'" Gentlemen, start your finger-pointing!
      Badfish941
      • 3 Years Ago
      should have known it was too good to be to be true.... go to hell Bernie
      Mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      F***ING JACKA** I had planned on taking my vacation in Austin next year to go see the race!
      Bryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ugh, so frustrating. It seems like every time F1 and America come together lately (Indy 2005, USF1) it goes completely south. I was really looking forward to Austin too, much more so than Jersey.
      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Suprise,suprise!
      ASR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey, Bernie, go back and take the bribes despots and tyrants throughout the Middle East and Asia are handing out to you for a shot at being "world-class" (we here in the non-despotic USA would call it "major league"). Bahrain? Malaysia? PRC? Anyone see a pattern here? Lots of $$$ for Bernie's Travelling Circus Show; little freedom for the inhabitants. Besides, Austin was world-class before you despoiled it. Try selling this to the rubes in Columbus. The wan "major league' so bad, they'll throw in a tattoo for some F1 swag.
        ASR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ASR
        "They want..." ASR regrets the error.
      ThomasP
      • 3 Years Ago
      i am very dissapoint.
      Kimithechamp
      • 3 Years Ago
      AB, still not getting the story quite right...
      mrx19
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone with half a brain knew this was never going to happen. I give the NJ deal about a 25% chance also. If F1 couldn't succeed at Indy, a proven facility, four hours drive from five metropolitan areas, how was it going to work in Texas. The cost of the infrastructure alone should have given everybody second thoughts. Then, factor having to deal an extortionist of the 1st order (Bernie) and you knew this was a joke.
      Johnny Trailerpark
      • 3 Years Ago
      This was misguided to begin with. Austin cannot support a race at this level.
      T-Mille
      • 3 Years Ago
      Welp. Time to go back to watching plastic soap box cars looping a track some 1000 times...
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