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#1 puckloo39

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 09:18 AM



Here is a really cool video of Formula One racer David Coulthard introducing Texas and the US to Formula One racing. The new track, going in down by our beautiful international airport south of town, is first class and cost a LOT of money. This video did, too, I am sure.. but shows some gorgeous footage of Austin and the track in progress.

I am not a big fan, but i have to admit this is pretty exciting for the city and the sport, if you're into it.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:48 PM

I'm a member on a motorsports forum, and some of the members there have been posting updates on the track construction. Seems like the track is about ready for paving and they are putting up grandstands on the main straight. It's going to be North America's first purpose built F1 circuit. Should be exciting when/if they turn off the start lights come November (there seems to be a bit of a dispute between the race promoters and Formula One Management over the contract of the event, but it seems to be resolved or about to be resolved).
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:57 PM

I was in attendance for every F1 event held at the Indy Motor Speedway from 2000 to 2007, and loved the sound of the hi-revving F1 machines.

That said I won't attend the race in Austin, but hope that those race fans who do attend have a fun time.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:15 AM

F1=$$$.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 02:11 AM

I've been lucky enough to go to two GPs at Silverstone - I won tickets in 2010 and my wife bought me tickets for my 40th this year. If anyone in that area has a chance to go, I would say go. The tickets might be expensive (certainly are in the UK), but who knows how long the race will be in Austin given F1s potted history around the US. The noise of the cars, the way they corner and the atmosphere of the fans are something to be experienced.
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Posted 08 September 2012 - 11:54 PM

I've been lucky enough to go to two GPs at Silverstone - I won tickets in 2010 and my wife bought me tickets for my 40th this year. If anyone in that area has a chance to go, I would say go. The tickets might be expensive (certainly are in the UK), but who knows how long the race will be in Austin given F1s potted history around the US. The noise of the cars, the way they corner and the atmosphere of the fans are something to be experienced.

The USGP at Indy was a bargain; our seats cost me $85 on race day; Friday practice was $20; Saturday time trials $25...All in all a great value, and Indy was a good venue (outside of those "Mickey Mouse" turns at the back straight).

Living in the Milwaukee area - Indy was a 6 hour drive; plenty of affordable hotels; many decent places to eat/drink.

Several months back I darn near had a heart attack; pricing of tickets, and hotels are insane...Then there's airfare to Austin, and rental car fees.....

Not gonna blow my bank account for 1 weekend...I'll bet within 3 years the race in Austin will be a ghost town; too rich for the average American race fan.

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 02:07 AM

Eccelstone wants his F1 lavish and rich. He doesn't want the average man to attend.

That said, I have my reservation IN HAND for Austin TX. It's only 9 short hours of driving away from here in arkansas, and most of that is at TEXAS SPEED LIMITS. And you thought I-75 from Detroit out to Troy was a racetrack...

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 12:28 AM

Eccelstone wants his F1 lavish and rich. He doesn't want the average man to attend.



Thats not quite true - he wants his race fees lavish and rich, he doesn't care who attends. So whether its Silverstone and its 115,000 hardcore F1 fans paying £200+ for a Sunday ticket, or a scattering of fans in China or Bahrain with the government picking up the tab for the "prestige" of hosting a Grand Prix - as long as Bernie gets paid, thats all that matters.
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Posted 25 October 2012 - 03:54 PM

Ecclestone and Mosly are the reason I ve stopped watching F1 and wee my country hasn't had a driver there since forever.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 12:31 AM

You do know Mosely has gone now?
"If I can be totally honest, it's not a lot of guys you get impressed by. Actually, it's no one else but him. From the bench, to see what move he makes -- you're like, 'I wish I could do that.' Sometimes you sit on the bench and just think, 'wow,' and you look over to the other bench and they sit there and shake their heads, too. He has great, great skills. I'm probably not going to play with another player who has the kind of skills he has." Mikael Samuelsson on Pavel Datsyuk

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:32 PM

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:33 AM

Great job America! Track is excellent, and I was so so pleased to see the stands absolutely rammed with fans. I know a lot of F1 fans around the world were concerned how it would be received given this is the 8th circuit to host F1 in the USA, but to see 125,000 people there was amazing.

And you were treated to an excellent race! Seeing Hamilton and Vettel going at it hammer and tongs for 50 laps was epic :)

Now onto Brazil were hopefully Alonso can deny FingerBoy
"If I can be totally honest, it's not a lot of guys you get impressed by. Actually, it's no one else but him. From the bench, to see what move he makes -- you're like, 'I wish I could do that.' Sometimes you sit on the bench and just think, 'wow,' and you look over to the other bench and they sit there and shake their heads, too. He has great, great skills. I'm probably not going to play with another player who has the kind of skills he has." Mikael Samuelsson on Pavel Datsyuk

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 01:39 PM

That was a really good race. I didn't go, but I know a few people who did, including my dad and a distant relative who traveled from SoCal for it.

I will definitely be attending the MotoGP race in April though, much more affordable at $90 for weekend GA access. Plus I can just make the daily drive out there, no need for lodging.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 11:48 PM

Loved the F1 back in the 90s early 2000s but I hated all the changes under Don Ecclestonleone and his puppet Mosley.

I believe the F1 is more about the things around it than the actual sport itself which I heavily despise.

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