The organisers of the F1 United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas have appointed Steve Sexton as president, it has been announced.

Sexton, former President and CEO of Churchill Downs Entertainment and former President of Churchill Downs, began working with the F1 United States GP management team last Friday.

"Steve brings more than 25 years of major sports and entertainment management experience to our project," said Tavo Hellmund, founding partner and chairman of the F1 United States Grand Prix.. "He understands our aspirations as an owners group and we have every confidence he will be a tremendous asset to our operation going forward."

"This project represents a unique opportunity for the City of Austin and the State of Texas to be the focal point for a world-wide audience," Sexton added.

"I am very pleased to join the talented team the owners have assembled and I am really excited to be a part of building a showcase that attracts diverse visitors from around the world and opens new education, innovation and research opportunities to benefit the global community."

The US GP is due to return to the F1 calendar next year. It was last held in 2007 at Indianapolis.

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