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Old 06-02-2012, 07:06 PM   #571
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have to disagree. It's just posturing.
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:29 PM   #572
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Circuit of the Americas tickets to range from $159 to $499

By Dave Doolittle | Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 03:19 PM
Circuit of the Americas today released prices for three-day tickets to a Formula One race planned for November.
General admission seating, which will allow people to choose from several grassy berms and other public areas around the circuit, will be $159 per person.
Reserved grandstand seating at turns 2, 3, 4, 5, the hairpin 11 and 12, will be $269 to $499. All tickets include round-trip shuttle service from parking garages downtown, the Travis County Exposition Center in Northeast Austin and another location in Travis County that will be announced this summer, officials said.
Tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. central June 10, officials said, through www.circuitofheamericas.com/tickets or www.ticketmaster.com.
“We received fan input from extensive customer surveys and through market research from other Grands Prix and comparable premier, international, multi-day sporting events,” said Geoff Moore, the circuit’s chief marking and revenue officer. “In the final analysis, we wanted to make this event affordable to F1 fans around the country.”
Travis County judge Sam Biscoe today approved a mass gathering permit for organizers to host the race, planned for Nov. 16 through 18.
The circuit is currently under construction in southeastern Travis County, and officials expect to have it completed in time for the first race.

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Old 06-06-2012, 12:14 PM   #573
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I googled laboriously for more than 30 seconds and still could find anything about whether or not they are going to allow chairs and/or coolers in the GA areas. Anyone know?
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Old 06-07-2012, 04:34 PM   #574
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I googled laboriously for more than 30 seconds and still could find anything about whether or not they are going to allow chairs and/or coolers in the GA areas. Anyone know?
Chairs and coolers? What do you think this is, NASCAR?

Only $10 beer and mimosas for the f1 crowd.
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:04 PM   #575
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Hellmund Agrees To Settle F1 Suit

Tavo Hellmund agrees to out-of-court settlement of suit filed against Austin F1 investors
By Richard Whittaker, Fri., June 15, 2012

Before their relationship began to publicly unravel, (l-r) Tavo Hellmund, Red McCombs, and Bobby Epstein appeared together at an April 2011 press conference for the unveiling of the Circuit of the Americas name.
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It should be a time of jubilation for the team behind Austin's Formula One race. Last Sunday the Circuit of the Americas began ticket sales for the inaugural U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, and a big push starts this weekend for a two-day Formula Expo event at the Austin Convention Center. But one name will be absent from the festivities: Tavo Hellmund, the brain behind the project, who has accepted an out-of-court settlement to quit the company.

It's a tale as old as business itself: The one who dreams big often loses out to the money men. After months of rumors that Hellmund and his investors were at each other's throats, in March Hellmund finally sued his partners for $18 million. The sordid details were expected to be heard in Travis County District Court this week, but on June 8, Circuit of the Americas' Julie Loig*non, vice president of public and community relations, told the Chronicle via email that "a settlement agreement has been reached."

It all came down to a complex network of companies and what they brought to the table. First up was Full Throttle Productions LP: That's Hellmund's company, which signed the deal with F1. Then there was Prophet Track Partners and Prophet Ven*tures, two firms run by Austin financier Bobby Epstein. Aside from money, Epstein also controlled 647 acres of Southeast Travis County scheduled to become the Wandering Creek housing development, which instead became the core of the Circuit of the Amer*icas. And finally there was McCombs Motor Sports LLC, owned by Red McCombs. Not only did the automotive multimillionaire bring more cash to the table, but he also added political credibility to the project.

According to Hellmund's March 12 filing, he brought Epstein and McCombs on board by offering them 75% of his venture. In return for having them finance the track, Hellmund became a minority shareholder and was hired for 10 years as chairman of the FIA Formula 1 United States Grand Prix. And then, according to Hell*mund, everything came unglued. He claims his partners repeatedly failed to fulfill their financial commitments – endangering the project – and that they finally cut him out of the deal by negotiating a new and more demanding contract with F1. In his suit, Hellmund claimed that "Epstein/McCombs' gamesmanship (or lack of experience) destroyed significant benefits for the Company."

However, with the June 8 agreement, Hell*mund is out. That's a situation that many close to the project have described as unfortunate and tragic, especially since without him, there would be no F1 in Austin. It was his close relationship with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone that opened negotiations. No F1, no Circuit – and it was a circuit that Hellmund helped design, demanding that it be a world-class track that would excite drivers and fans. No circuit, and none of the other race series lined up would have signed on the dotted line. It already looks like MotoGP may back out of its deal to start racing in Austin in 2013, since it was Hellmund – through his close friend and former world champion Kevin Schwantz – who signed it up. Now racing fans are wondering what else departed with the track's visionary.
From Contract to Litigation: A Timeline

May 25, 2010: Three years after the last U.S. Grand Prix, Formula One announces a 10-year deal with Tavo Hellmund's Full Throttle Productions LP to bring F1 to Austin in 2012.

July 23: Hellmund and track investors Red McCombs and Bobby Epstein form Accelerator Holdings.

July 27: Full Throttle announces McCombs' role and unveils track location in Elroy, as well as deal with MotoGP.

Dec. 15: Partners sign agreement for Accelerator Holdings, including a division of shares and a 10-year, $500,000-a- year contract with Hellmund.

March 31, 2011: McCombs and Epstein miss deadline to raise $190 million in construction funds.

June 3: FIA World Motor Sport Council pencils in first U.S. Grand Prix for June 17, 2012.

July 1: Circuit of the Amer*icas announces a deal with V8 Supercars.

July 31: McCombs and Epstein fail to provide $4 million required to secure Major Events Trust Fund subsidy from state.

Aug. 31: Amid concerns about construction timetables and summer heat, the race is rescheduled for Nov. 18, 2012.

Sept. 13: Epstein and McCombs secure construction funding.

Sept. 29: Hellmund agrees to be bought out by Epstein and McCombs for $18 million.

Oct. 25: As Hellmund, Epstein, and McCombs meet at in the London office of F1 supremo Bernie Eccle*stone, Hellmund has his personal belongings removed from the COTA offices. Meanwhile, a second American Grand Prix, to be held in New Jersey starting in 2013, is announced.

Nov. 15: Epstein suspends construction unless Hellmund hands over the F1 contract

Dec. 7: Hours before the FIA approves the 2012 schedule, Ecclestone announces new contract directly with circuit management.

March 12, 2012: Hellmund sues Epstein and McCombs for breach of contract and demands to see the company books.

June 1: Circuit seals deal with American Le Mans series.

June 8: Circuit and Hellmund reach settlement agreement.
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new pics. not much different than the last ones, sorry.









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Thanks, Mike.

Progress may be harder to see as construction nears completion.

Has track paving started?
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:22 AM   #578
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new pics. not much different than the last ones, sorry.









Looks like Jurgen needs to get off of his damn break.


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Old 07-11-2012, 11:32 AM   #579
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Think it'll be finished in ~4 months?

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Old 07-11-2012, 12:14 PM   #580
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Progress may be harder to see as construction nears completion.

Has track paving started?

not that I can see. hard to tell from the road. need a helicopter.
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:16 PM   #581
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well, we have benn getting some rain last couple of days . very heavy in some areas. Yes it will be finished.
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:21 PM   #582
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Facebook is really where you need to go for current pictures. Might not even need an account to see the page. Search for "Friends of Formula 1 Austin Texas" on the main page.

Paving is well underway. Guardrails, barriers, runoff, grandstands, all are progressing nicely. The observation town thingy is starting to go up also. Tons of pics of all of this on Facebook.
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:29 PM   #583
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Thanks, Mike.

Progress may be harder to see as construction nears completion.

Has track paving started?
yes they started paving in end of May / beginning of June (I think)

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well, at least I jarred something loose. I dont do face book.
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