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    Yeah the PSL thing is a bunch of BS, but there will be general admission tickets for sale this summer. Bring a lawn chair. Estimates are 120-150 for the whole weekend,

    Plus I'm guessing there will be lots of reselling of the grandstand seats, so keep an eye out for those as well.
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    With six months to go, Austin on track for F1 race

    Alberto Martinez/AMERICAN-STATESMANENLARGE PHOTO Puddles and mud slowed work at the Circuit of the Americas last week as the Austin area was pummeled by thunderstorms. The track, in southeastern Travis County, has received about 20 inches of rain this year.
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    Updated: 12:15*p.m.*Sunday,*May*13,*2012
    Published: 9:47*p.m.*Saturday,*May*12,*2012
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    Six months.

    That's all the time remaining until Austin and Circuit of the Americas host the first Formula One Grand Prix in the United States in five years.

    The scramble to welcome the world in November could turn out to be more frantic than the U.S. Grand Prix itself. After all, the 3.4-mile track has yet to be poured, the buildings are only shells, the traffic plan is still a work in progress, hotels are waiting for the big rush on their high-priced rooms, and race tickets for the general public aren't yet for sale.

    But then, the uncertainty and the intrigue that have surrounded the circuit and its F1 race are part of what has made the $300 million project so fascinating for Austinites to follow.

    "We're forced to check it out," said TicketCity CEO Randy Cohen. "Just like we have to go outside to check out the lightning during a storm."

    Last week, rainstorms again pummeled the 1,100-acre site in southeastern Travis County. The area has now received about 20 inches of rain this year, just about double the average.

    "We lost a couple of days" because of the rain, said circuit President Steve Sexton.

    He added, however, "We're highly confident we're going to make our schedule."

    Circuit Chairman Bobby Epstein and Peter Wahl, managing partner of the German engineering firm Tilke GmbH, also have maintained that the circuit's construction is on pace. For the past few months, crews have been working around the clock.

    Nick Craw, the United States' highest-ranking member of auto racing's governing body, FIA, declined to say how the most recent inspection of the circuit had gone but said the next one would be in June.

    Sexton said that work on the circuit's main boulevard has begun and that paving of some areas, mainly parking lots, was under way. Sexton said not a lot of interior work would be needed on the circuit's main structure, the mammoth paddock.

    "The paddock building is very large, but it's basically a shell," Sexton said. "The F1 teams bring all their own stuff."

    The drama of getting a new track ready seems to be more the norm than the exception in Formula One, and Tilke — F1's favored engineering firm — has been through this drill before.

    While race fans have enjoyed following the progress of the track over the Internet, they've been frustrated by the lack of general admission tickets, which are scheduled to go on sale next month.

    Cohen's ticket brokerage firm began offering tickets online this week, everything from a $287 race day general admission ticket to a 24-person suite for $237,500.

    "We decided to put it out there and get some hooks in the water," Cohen said.

    Cohen's firm bought personal seat licenses to get access to the F1 tickets. Circuit officials anticipated ticket brokers would buy some of the 15-year personal seat licenses, which can range up to $5,500, and then sell the seats each year. Geoff Moore, the circuit's chief marketing and sales officer, said sales were about 8 percent over where they hoped they would be.

    Moore said he expects the personal seat licenses for the 2,800 main grandstand seats at the club level to be sold by June or July. He said he expects licenses for the 8,179 seats in the main grandstand to be sold before the Nov. 18 race.

    The circuit is also selling seat licenses at two turns, No. 1 and No. 15. Moore said fans who go to the track tend to pick No. 1, which has a dramatic uphill climb and sharp left turn.

    Internet users are more likely to go with Turn 15, which resembles the fabled stadium section at Hockenheim and where Wahl has said he would sit if he were watching the race as a fan. According to Moore, there will be about 15,000 seats in Turn 15, while Turn 1 will have 5,000 to 6,000. Moore said the selling of seat licenses should last two years.

    The circuit has been concentrating on the personal seat licenses before selling tickets to the general public. The lack of tickets has been one reason some local hotels have been in a holding pattern.

    An oddity of Austin's first Formula One week is that some hotel/motels in San Marcos and New Braunfels are already full or almost full.

    "They're going for occupancy more than rate," said Natalie Hart, regional director of sales and marketing for White Lodging, which develops and operates hotels for Marriott and other brands.

    At the Motel 6 in San Marcos, they're still keeping the light on for F1 fans, but those $45-a-night room rates — maybe the only hotel bargain in the area that week — probably will be extinguished pretty fast. Desk clerk Misty Lewis said that for Saturday, Nov. 17 — the day before the race — 107 of the motel's 126 rooms have already been booked, at the standard rate.

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    So, is it finished yet? :ear
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    The dirt track is.
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    So the Audi F1 cars should have an advantage, with the quattro system and all.
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    Dont forget the fog lights and mudflaps as well.
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    Pitchers from todays ride. Got some green going on there.




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