F1 » Circuit calls for USGP fan support


American race fans are being urged to tell Austin City Council how much they want the proposed USGP F1 round to go ahead, in order to save the event from possible financial problems.

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walrus909 - Unregistered

June 27, 2011 11:36 AM

How to save Austin GP. Borrow all funds from China, rename circuit Racin' at Walmarts'. Have track pre fabbed in China and assembled in US by illegal aliens. Turn one way shipping containers to pits and stands. Reconfigure circuit to figure 8. At X install mud bog. DRS will be Driver Reduction System. Issue each driver 6-gun, zone would be the whites of their eyes. Ferrari will use real F-150s. Lure Danika and Earnhardt into new Chinese based Chevy powered team. At last 3 laps stop race and reverse order. Emphasize battle for P1 between Ford-Virgins and Chevys. Call Washington for Bailout.

Caroline - Unregistered

June 27, 2011 11:51 AM

How to save the race at Austin?

Drag the USA into the 21st century.
Stop the USA being so isolationist.
And remind them that the Canadian F1 GP makes $75 million for the city of Montreal, and that surely Canadian businessmen and politicians can't be that much better at doing their jobs than those in the USA ... Or can they?

Rick - Unregistered

June 27, 2011 12:01 PM

"Show your support for USGP"? Are these clowns kidding. They've lied about everything - most notably that they had all the money to build - from Day 1. They deliberately took a round-about route to the METF and painted the Austin Council into a corner where they could blame the Council if the project fails. And now they want fan support? They should try being honest just one time. If they really have the money SHOW IT! and if they really have the $400 million to build this thing, let them spend $25 million more of THEIR MONEY and stop trying to use the public.

walrus909 - Unregistered

June 27, 2011 12:52 PM

@Richard. I was there, was going to be my first GP since Long Beach, 1982. Yes, the Tyres were the problem. They called it a boycot. I think Shumi led the charge. Either way a total failure and a rip off of the fans. Apparently, it's just not in the cards for us to have a USGP.

superbike - Unregistered

June 27, 2011 2:47 PM

Gee Rick let's have a look.

The Major Events Trust Fund was created by the Texas Legislature in 2003 specifically to help attract large, well-attended events such as the Super Bowl, now Formula 1 racing.

The Major Events Trust Fund can provide $25 million toward hosting the Formula 1 event. None of these funds are used to build the venue itself, and the entire amount is reimbursed to the state once additional taxes are realized.

The Financial Times reported the $275 million invested in Formula 1 races by governments around the world brought in $1.52 billion to local economies a 533 percent rate of return per race.

The $25M is a minuscule investment relative to the payback and uses the funds in exactly the way the legislature intended. So Rick, turn off the radio, maybe read or do some research and then post. Don't thank me virtue is its own reward.

CommodoreS

June 27, 2011 3:13 PM

@ superbike

Mate I am not doubting your word but we in Aust
are also starting to ask the question why we have the G.P..

The difference being ours is a street race and not a
permanent circuit.

The recent assessment released on the 2012 event showed little benefit to Melbourne or Aust and has given the nay-sayers more ammunition.

With your event the world is watching the U.S reaction and I sincerely hope that they get it right.

Juice - Unregistered

June 27, 2011 3:42 PM

I live in Texas and more than 3/4 of the population doesn't even know what F1 is, and that 3/4 are the ones that are trying to screw it up. Some people here are just ignorant and want the money for themselves and their organization.

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