Wednesday, May 26, 2010

It's official: Formula 1 will return to the US in 2012 in Austin TX, but where...

Wow ladies and gentlemen, this came out of left field. It was only last Saturday in an article called "Is Formula One returning to the U.S. at a place called Monticello Motor Club in Upstate, NY?" that I discussed the possibility of Formula 1 returning to the United States at of all places, a private motorsports club in Upstate, NY.

In that article I said:
"as a Motorsports fan, I would like to see Formula 1 return to the United States. The U.S. is a huge market for not only Formula 1, but for several of the car manufacturers in F1. However personal I really don't care where the venue in the U.S. for the Grand Prix is so long as they actually have one here.

Now as I say that, I really am having a hard time trying to imagine just why there hasn't been an F1 race in the U.S. since 2007. I mean is the hosting fee to big for most venues to handle or there more that F1 looks at then a track that hosts let's say a NASCAR Cup Series race."
Fast forward to yesterday as Formula 1 announced that they are officially returning to the United States in 2012 and the United States Grand Prix will be held in (wait for it...) Austin, TX. I first read this on Speedtv.com and I thought for sure that this was a typo, so I checked Formula1.com and sure enough its official, Austin, TX will host the United States Grand Prix.

I said that I didn't know where the USGP would be held, but Austin, TX wasn't even close to what I was thinking nor thought of. However Austin promoters must of had to put something big up to satisfy Bernie Ecclestone and all of his requirements for hosting a race including hosting fees, the way the pit road looks, more.

However the story doesn't end there as its less than 24 hours later and the new story has changed from is Formula 1 returning to the United States, to where in Austin, TX will the race take place. According to the article on Speedtv, the promoter doesn't have a site picked out yet, but is working on it.

Now I would have thought that one of the biggest parts of landing a deal to hosting a F1 race would be having a venue either completely built or at least secured for the construction of the road course. However that's not the case here at all. In reading that, I believe that this story is far from over and it should be interesting to see the final details including the site and a picture of the road course itself.

All I can say now, F1 and Austin, TX have made it official, now make it happen.
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