Key pieces to new USGP in Texas


Here’s what seems to be the key items from today’s announcement that Austin, Texas will play host to the United States Grand Prix from 2012 through 2021.

First and foremost, there will be a “purpose-built” facility.

From the F1 announcement:

Bernie Ecclestone, President and CEO of the Formula One Group stated: “For the first time in the history of Formula One in the United States, a world-class facility will be purpose-built to host the event. It was thirty years ago that the Formula 1 United States Grand Prixâ„¢ was last held on a purpose-built permanent road course circuit in Watkins Glen, NY (1961-1980), which enjoyed great success… This however, will be the first time a facility is constructed from the ground up specifically for Formula One in the US.”

There are also these details:

* over 130 daily departing international flights within 180 miles
* over 250,000 hotel rooms within 180 miles
* USA’s 15th largest city and is located 145 miles from Houston (4th largest US city), 70 miles from San Antonio (7th largest US city), and 180 miles from Dallas (8th largest US city), population in this triangle is over 22 million

As always, the various “New York” and “New Jersey” talk, including Monticello Motor Club, was typical Bernie Ecclestone feints.

It feels like this is out of nowhere, right?

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