The race was originally scheduled for June 17, one week after the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal when the F1 circus is already in North America. However the possibility of moving it was first mooted a couple of months ago as race organizers were facing off against a vocal lobby bent on shutting down the event at Austin's city council. Having won the municipality's approval, the fear is that a June race would just prove too hot for race fans.
The new date is November 18, when the teams are already sailing back across the Atlantic for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Although the FIA has yet to approve the new date, it is part of a revised calendar for 2012 proposed by Bernie Ecclestone, who is obviously as keen to see the USGP succeed as his Texan partners.
In a related development, the Belgian Grand Prix could begin alternating years in which it is held. The small country with the iconic racing circuit has placed ever-increasing noise and environmental constrictions on the Spa-Francorchamps track, which, coupled with cashflow problems, could see the race alternating with a return of the French Grand Prix that has been missing from the calendar since 2008.