F1 Austin... Best news this week

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  1. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    we're going to Montreal instead. any best guesses on best seating? I am thinking turn one or the hairpin....:ear

    update: went for hairpin. now to find hotel.
  2. mike

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    Neighbors of F1 track call late-night construction a nuisance


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    Don Haywood, left, and his friend and neighbor Vance Facundo stand near the edge of Haywood's property, which overlooks construction of the Formula One track. Haywood is critical of construction work done at night.

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    After the sun sets, bright lights come on, and work continues on the Circuit of the Americas track being built in southeastern Travis County. Track officials say they are on schedule to host the Grand Prix on Nov. 18.






    By John Maher AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
    Updated: 5:11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012
    Published: 8:34 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22,
    Neighbors of the $300 million racetrack being built in southeastern Travis County plan to meet with county commissioners and officials this week to discuss concerns about late-night construction at the track and a preliminary traffic plan for the Formula One race scheduled for Nov. 18.
    "This week, my dance card is going to be pretty full," said Cathy Olive, head of the Elroy Neighborhood Association.
    Olive said recently that noise from the construction and bright lights near Elroy Road have kept some area residents up at night.
    Another resident said that, on occasion, Circuit of the Americas has been lit up like a small city at 2:30 a.m.
    Don Haywood, whose property overlooks Turn 11 at the track, said, "There's about 10 or 12 of these lights. ... Everything is illuminated on the west side of my house."
    Haywood, a retired police officer, said all-night construction has gone on for about 10 days.
    "They'll have 20 to 25 trucks just lined up, gravel trucks," said Haywood. His 15 acres are virtually surrounded by the track, which is suing him over a water line that cuts across land that the track wants to turn into a parking lot.
    On Tuesday night, from Haywood's property, workers could be seen entering the track after the day shift left.
    Track officials have consistently maintained they are on schedule to host Austin's inaugural U.S. Grand Prix in the fall.
    Elroy residents, however, speculate that the track is playing late-night catch-up because of the recent wet weather and previous delays. F1 officials won't comment on whether there have been construction delays, but Haywood said work has temporarily halted after recent heavy rains.
    From the beginning of December through Wednesday, 16 inches of rain were recorded at nearby Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, far higher than normal. From February through September last year, only 4.34 inches of rain fell in the area, including only 0.06 inches from July through September.
    During that dry stretch, however, there were periods when the construction at the 3.4-mile track was slowed or almost halted, as questions persisted about whether the race would happen.
    The sanctioning fee for the U.S. Grand Prix was not paid to Formula One management until December, finally assuring that the race would take place, assuming the track is completed on schedule and it passes a stringent inspection.
    As many as 120,000 spectators could attend the Nov. 18 race. Track consultants have said traffic could be delayed at least three hours on race day. Olive, who lives across Elroy Road from the track, says he's worried the race traffic and the narrow roads around the track could combine to create one of worst traffic jams in Austin's history.
    Recently a consultant for the track spoke with Olive about the transportation plans for the week of the event. Residents would be given a pass that would let them through traffic to get to and from their homes.
    "Who gets the coveted paper pass?" Olive said, wondering how close someone would have to live to the track to qualify.
    Olive is skeptical that the strategy could work with Elroy's limited roads. Although FM 812 will be reconfigured to four lanes, the other roads bordering the track are bumpy two-lane roads with no shoulders.
    Track officials declined to talk about the specifics of the plan.
    "We have been in contact with area residents," said Jeff Hahn, a spokesman for the track. "This was the initial discussion to open up the communication channel."
    Olive said: "I am going to stop the paper pass thing in the bud. ... I am not allowing us to be traffic lab rats.
  3. shrineclown

    shrineclown Vaginaterian

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    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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  5. shrineclown

    shrineclown Vaginaterian

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    Nah, MS will be there!
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    bradatlarge Insha'Allah

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    I'll be there Thurs-Monday. Hilton points come in handy for this, big time. :clap

    Prolly going for turn 31 (iirc) again.
  7. mike

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    F1 promoter sues other race investors


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    By John Maher AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
    Updated: 7:07 a.m. Sunday, March 4, 2012
    Published: 11:12 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012
    Austin's Formula One racetrack project has hit another speed bump.
    Tavo Hellmund, once the face of the project, and his company, Full Throttle Productions, have filed a lawsuit against track investors Bobby Epstein and Red McCombs and various companies and managers involved in the $300 million project under construction in Travis County.
    The civil suit filed in state District Court in Travis County does not specify damages but says Hellmund had an agreement for an $18 million buyout that was not fulfilled and that he was scheduled to make $500,000 a year for 10 years as chairman of the F1 U.S. Grand Prix.
    The first race is set for Nov. 18.
    Through the suit, Hellmund also might seek to regain management control of the project: "With the relief requested herein — namely, access to the Company's books and records and declaration that he cannot be removed as a manager — Hellmund hopes to steer the now-teetering Circuit back on track and determine how best to proceed, if at all, to acquire Epstein's remaining interest in the company."
    According to the suit, Hellmund is already trying to buy out McCombs, who has about $8 million in the project — roughly a 20 percent stake, about the same percent that Hellmund claims.
    Hellmund could not be reached Saturday.
    Epstein said Saturday that he was unaware of the suit and that Hellmund has not worked for Circuit of the Americas for a long time.
    "This is just a latest step in a pattern of behavior. Mr. Hellmund uses negative press to try and create an advantage for himself at every turn. The fact is, he has been found to be in breach of contract by Formula 1 and he has not fulfilled his agreements," Circuit of the Americas management said in a statement.
    Hellmund says in the suit that the project has been hindered by misinformation and poor financial support.
    For example, the suit claims that Epstein provided inaccurate information about the adequacy of soil conditions and underground gas pipelines on the almost 1,100-acre site.
    According to the suit, Epstein claimed there were 2-inch low-pressure lines on the property, but those "turned out to be 20-inch high pressure lines. Those major gas lines were anything but easy or cheap to remove, costing several million dollars to relocate."
    Track officials recently said 3 million cubic yards of earth have been moved during construction. As part of construction, workers dug down more than 9 feet and replaced the clay with more stable soil.
    The bottom line, according to the suit, is that the project has cost more than anticipated and resulted in reductions in plans for the grandstand, pedestrian bridges over the track, paved parking, concessions and restrooms.
    The suit also claims access and emergency routes to the Circuit of the Americas were inadequate and remain behind schedule.
    Officials have said track construction is on schedule.
    The suit claims a buyout agreement was reached with Hellmund Sept. 29. He was to receive $18 million for his share of the company and for assigning the contracts of Formula One and MotoGP to Circuit of the Americas, but that didn't happen.
    Hellmund and his lawyers contend that he is still the chairman of the F1 race, claiming, "Despite Epstein/McCombs public assertions to the contrary, Hellmund has neither quit nor been terminated."
    Contact: 445-3956
  8. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    This does not bode well for the upcoming race, or the track construction.
  9. bradatlarge

    bradatlarge Insha'Allah

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    Not about Austin per say, but look at what those lucky limey bastards are getting....a dedicated F1 Channel!!!

    :greenwithenvy

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  10. Thraan

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    I sat at turn one for years, but got tired of the walk from the subway. I buy at the hairpin now.

    This photo is from turn one.

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    And this one is from the stand on the entry to the hairpin. Eddie and David... The stand exiting the hairpin is better.

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    And this is the view from the pit exit, a few years ago now...

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  11. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    thats where we'll be
    look for a tall guy decked out in Kimi gear & a girl who is a Webber fan :thumb
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    Will do!

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  13. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    I've seen some disturbing reports recently about more dissent and litigation which involve the MotoGP event in '13 and beyond.

    Will the track even be completed?
    Will an F1 race take place?
    Will F1 be back for a second year and more?
    Will MotoGP come in 2013?
    Will taxpayers foot the bill if it all goes wrong?

    Will this whole thing forever be synonomous with the word fiasco?
  14. mike

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    Been out of the loop. Any news:freaky
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    There's an F1 track under construction near Austin. Freekin badass, man!

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    Race in Malaysia in a couple hours. Someone is suing someone, situation normal.
  17. mike

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  18. arapaho

    arapaho Been here awhile

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    Paid about $50 USD for a covered ticket (on the grass, but covered) at Malaysia a couple years ago. Beer trackside was about $1.50 I think. Grilled thai chicken and malasian noodles about $4.

    That was a really well-run racetrack, and I would go again. Been to Spa, Assen (bikes), Nuerburgring, but the Malaysia trip was just easy-peasy and inexpensive. The ticket to KL is almost cheap enough to make it worth going.

    Given the US predilection for overdoing law enforcement, enforcing silly rules trackside, and charging out the wazoo for all necessities (beer and food), I'll pass and watch it on the internet.
  19. mike

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    I just want to hear the cars scream down the track
  20. bradatlarge

    bradatlarge Insha'Allah

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    Gosh, seems like a few of us will be at Montreal, we should try to meet up, if at least just for a beer or three

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