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PostPosted: Nov 28, 2011 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dammit ohsix! what's w/ the ninja posts?! makes me look like i'm talking to myself... Embarassed
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PostPosted: Nov 28, 2011 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After I posted I figured out that the article I linked didn't have any pertinent information not included in your 11/15 post so I deleted mine.

I just read another article saying that it could still happen, but the first race would be in 2013.

The articles I've read lead me to believe the money behind COTA is not getting along with Hellmund who has/had the rights to the F1 race, but doesn't go into much detail about the dispute. Also, the comptroller has pulled $25 million in State funding to F1 to be paid 1 year before the race.The $25 million shouldn't be a deal killer considering the money involved in building the track.

Edit: I mean I would think the investors would pony up the $25 million due to F1 to keep the deal together.
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PostPosted: Nov 28, 2011 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ohsix, from what i've read, i think you are on the right track re: hellmund / cota having some fractures between them. when i get home, i'll post the videos to hellmund's pc 2 weeks ago that basically says exactly that, w/ no detail into why.
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PostPosted: Nov 28, 2011 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

they interviewed ecclestone before the race this weekend, and he didn't seem optimistic. he acknowledged that the groups in austin have a contract with the fia, but it hasn't been signed. he said something along the lines of "apparently they don't have a pen... or any money."
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PostPosted: Nov 28, 2011 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another article saying that F1 came up with a new contract with unreasonable demands.

http://news.yahoo.com/motor-racing-ecclestone-dismissive-austin-contract-offer-192420536.html
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PostPosted: Nov 28, 2011 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

STPHNSN23, eccelstone is posturing/playing the media. hellmund had a sweetheart deal from be because of he lifelong relationship (his dad and be have been friends for 60 years). when th and cota had their falling out (for lack of a better term), cota realized that th owns the rights to the f1 race (and the 3 or 4 other races scheduled), not cota. cota went to be and asked that the rights be granted to them, so be sent them a contract for the race, but at a MUCH higher rate. be wasn't going to let cota cut th out of the deal w/o it hurting.

so yes, cota has a contract, but it's not anywhere near the same as the original. and actually, cota sent a counteroffer to be - which he pretty much laughed at.
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PostPosted: Dec 08, 2011 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And it's back on

http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2011/12/12878.html
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PostPosted: Dec 08, 2011 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

very interesting power struggle going on behind the scenes. hope it's all settled now and they can make this thing happen!
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PostPosted: Dec 29, 2011 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any local Austin intel on the how far ahead or behind they are in the completion with all the delays?

It would be nice to have everything done and have a quality stop on the F1 schedule for years to come. A redo after Indy is all I ask.

Where is muck to arrange the Abe Froman Sausage Fest in Austin F1 weekend?
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PostPosted: Dec 29, 2011 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mbuck, this thread is an excellent source of info. i'd just start on this page and follow along. couple of posters are pretty close to the project/people involved w/ it.

http://www.shaggybevo.com/board/showthread.php/64321-Austin-TX-F1-USGP-!-!?p=3519311#post3519311
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PostPosted: Dec 29, 2011 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sorry about the link - the post disappears when i try and wrap the whole thing in the url tags. the hyperlink will take you to page one of that thread, copy/paste the whole thing to go to the last page. lots of current info and good links there.
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PostPosted: Dec 29, 2011 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

appreciate the info.

Austin jammed with a bunch of exotic cars and crazy foreign formula one fans, that is the show I have to see.

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PostPosted: Feb 18, 2012 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://circuitoftheamericas.com/articles/check-out-the-latest-track-construction-updates






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PostPosted: Mar 16, 2012 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Countdown to austin is about to begin with the season starting this weekend down under.

I hope somebody has caught up to Red Bull to make the season a bit more interesting this year.

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PostPosted: Mar 17, 2012 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mbuck wrote:
I hope somebody has caught up to Red Bull to make the season a bit more interesting this year.


i'm thinking the championship will be tighter this year since they have banned the exhaust blown diffusers. that's what rb did better than anyone else. hamilton is on the pole for the race. my ferraris are looking pretty slow though.
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PostPosted: Mar 25, 2012 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy great start to my sunday.
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PostPosted: Mar 25, 2012 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

didn't see the race, but all I could think when I saw the results was what the hell happened. Still need to find some articles or video that makes sense of the results.
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PostPosted: Mar 26, 2012 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the race was red flagged because it was pouring. once it quit raining, some teams picked a better time to switch to inters from the full wets. hamilton had a crappy stop, and button had to make an extra stop to fix his front wing. alonso and perez just lucked out with making their stops at the right times and had no other issues.
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PostPosted: Aug 17, 2012 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

starting to look like a racetrack







































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PostPosted: Aug 17, 2012 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i need to look into tickets for the race. they're super expensive from what i've read. one guy said he could fly to europe and see two races for the cost of getting similar seats in austin.

oh, and look at the pretty red car leading the championship. Cool
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PostPosted: Aug 17, 2012 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't wait to see a race at this track. F1, IRL, hell even NeckCar. Gonna be a fun trip when it eventually happens!
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PostPosted: Aug 17, 2012 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://circuitoftheamericas.com/tickets
About $300 a ticket on up for 3 day event

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PostPosted: Aug 17, 2012 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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they're super expensive from what i've read. one guy said he could fly to europe and see two races for the cost of getting similar seats in austin.


outrageous prices. i'm hoping my connections + low sales = giveaways = jt09 going to 1st race.
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PostPosted: Aug 17, 2012 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A friend picked up our tickets a couple of months ago for $160 I believe for all three days.

I may not be able to make Friday and would be willing to let them go for something reasonable.

I'm pretty excited about it, F1 is the only racing I've ever really followed.

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Just clicked the link, we got in on the General Admission tickets. Probably going to be a sh*t show to get a good view, but will be a good time I'm sure still.
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PostPosted: Aug 17, 2012 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it's going to be a shltshow all the way around. no parking on site, so everyone HAS to go by shuttle on that tiny ass road.
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PostPosted: Aug 19, 2012 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so you're saying wait for year 2 when they hopefully have the transport situation figured out?
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PostPosted: Aug 19, 2012 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

STPHNSN23, i would think so. they haven't widened any of the roads to the track yet, and that won't happen until after this year's race.
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PostPosted: Aug 20, 2012 3:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

are they still offering the bicycle parking for all of the hippies in Austin?
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PostPosted: Oct 28, 2012 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

with the way the season is shaping up, they could be crowning the world champion in austin. my dad keeps talking about going down for the race, but i think it's mostly the gin talking. Laughing
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PostPosted: Oct 29, 2012 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Picking my ticket up this week. Should be fun. JT, let me know if you end up going. Will be there with that guy who's car you almost wrecked...lol
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i never almost wrecked anyone's car! get outta here w/ that noise!
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PostPosted: Nov 05, 2012 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i read that traffic was a total cluster fck for the 5k at COTA this weekend. what were there, 10,000 people? i can't imagine what traffic will be like for the race in two weeks with over 100k people.

in f1 news, the season is coming down to the wire. 2 races left. vettel leads alonso by just 10 points. vettel can potentially clinch the championship in austin.
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PostPosted: Nov 05, 2012 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got our tickets/parking pass as well as our fanvision rentals www.fanvision.com

Anyone ever use one of these before?
Are there IPad apps or anything that accomplish the same thing?
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PostPosted: Nov 05, 2012 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Track looks good, Austin is a great town..I might have to make it out to a race one day.
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