US GP in Texas is back on track for 2012

Red McCombs (USA), Circuit of the Americas Investor,

Red McCombs salvaged the United State GP in Texas

Dec.7 (Press Release) Circuit of The Americas announced today that they have reached an agreement with Formula One Management that ensures the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix remains on the FIA Formula 1 World Championship race calendar.

Tavo Hellmund (USA) Austin Grand Prix Promoter with the Construction team. Austin Grand Prix Circuit Construction, Austin, Texas, USA, January 2011.

Tavo Hellmund (middle) at the US GP track construction site earlier this year

Red McCombs, chairman of McCombs Enterprises and founding partner of Circuit of The Americas stated, “Mr. Ecclestone received his check today. We want to thank the fans supporting us, the local officials and businesses that have encouraged us, the State of Texas, Circuit of The Americas’ staff and Bernie himself. I want to thank and commend Bobby Epstein for getting us across the finish line. Bobby’s perseverance and leadership kept the project on track despite unfair and unfounded criticism.”

“Our investors have believed all along that this project has tremendous benefit for our region, and provides a strong economic engine for the future,” stated Epstein, founding partner of Circuit of The Americas. We remain committed to reaching our goal of being valuable community partners as we establish a platform for sports and entertainment. We’re glad that Tavo’s vision of bringing F1 to the people of Texas will become a reality.”

Circuit Construction

Circuit under construction in June

Engineering and construction teams working on the track will resume immediately, ensuring completion for the 2012 race date.

“We have a substantial number of fans who have expressed interest in buying tickets and hospitality, so today is a win for all of them as much as it is for Circuit of The Americas,” said Steve Sexton, president of Circuit of The Americas. “We encourage everyone to visit our website and register for information. Registered fans will receive the first communication regarding ticket sales plans. In a matter of weeks we will have more exciting news as we unveil our full calendar of world class events.”

Fans interested in receiving information about tickets for next year’s United States Grand Prix can register their contact information at Ticket sales information will be communicated to those registered prior to general public notification.

About Circuit of The Americas

An artists impression of the completed Circuit of the Americas

An artists impression of the completed Circuit of the Americas

Circuit of The Americas will be a world-class destination for performance, education and business. It will be the first purpose-built Formula 1 Grand Prix facility in the United States designed for any and all classes of racing, from motor power to human power.

The master plan for Circuit of The Americas features a variety of permanent structures designed for business, education, entertainment and race use. Its signature element will be a 3.4-mile (5.5-km) circuit track. Other support buildings will include a medical facility, 14 executive meeting suites, a conference center, and a banquet hall, as well as an expansive outdoor live music space.

Future proposed amenities include a driving/riding experience, a motorsports driving club, kart track, grand plaza event center and tower, and a trackside recreational vehicle park.

  • Tamburello_1994

    I’m gonna buy my guy Bec a ticket to the inaugural race . . . . .


  • Stewy33

    I just made my hotel reservations for the race weekend! I also registered on the Circuit of the Americas website to get dibs on tickets when they 1st go on sale.

  • Bec


    …….. Girl

    See you all in the Cool River Cafe, then onto Bubba’s for a Yak burger, the beer garden should be open by race day.

  • Tamburello_1994

    @ Bec

    I guess an “pardon me ma’am” is in order here.

  • Terry

    The only place for the US GRAN PRIX is “The GLEN”. Not Cowboy-ville or the New Jersey waste land. Yeah the Glen is not close to any major so called markets, but it has proven to many a good test. Except from Jackie Stewart!!!! The Good Old Boys make a mockery of this circuit. They just can’t drive it well enough.

  • Stewy33

    Personally I would like to have a F1 race at Road America in Elkhart Lake Wisconsin. It is my favorite track in the States.

  • Tamburello_1994

    @ Stewy33

    Agreed. Road America is one of my favorites too. Long Beach early nineties set up is also a personal best.