Texas circuit on track, assures organiser

© Ubaid Parkar, 13 July 2012
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Organisers of the season’s United States Grand Prix have assured that the track would be ready in time for the country’s first Formula 1 event since 2007.

Construction of the Circuit of the Americas is currently underway in Austin, Texas for the race scheduled in November in what will be the penultimate round of the year.

"We're in the time of year now where we've a lot of daylight and no rain, and so we're making more progress than we even thought we'd make," Circuit of the Americas president Steve Sexton told Reuters.

As is with any new circuit in recent history, doubts emerged whether the venue would be ready in time although Sexton was certain that there would no real hiccups.

"We anticipate there will be small-scale last-minute details. We don't anticipate any large last-minute approval that will be necessary," he said.

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has been kept up to date by the organisers regarding the progress of the 5.5km track.

"He seems happy at the moment but there's nothing the matter with high standards," Sexton pointed out. "He drives a hard bargain but with the same token he has a great respect for the people that he works with and thus the venues have a great respect for him."

F1 is not the only event Circuit of the Americas is trying to reel in, with V8 Supercars and IndyCar are among several motorsport series it was hoping to host in the future.

"The business plan was not built entirely on Formula 1 profit. It was built on the profit of a year round operation with four to five major motorsport events, and Formula 1 being the signature event," Sexton explained.

"Almost... every other major motorsports series has approached us to talk about racing because of where we are located. Texas is a big state, very attractive, 20 million people within 250 miles," he added.

 

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