“Mr Ecclestone received his cheque today for the USGP," investor Red McCombs confirmed in a statement appearing in the Statesman
newspaper, "We want to thank the fans supporting us, the local officials and businesses that have encouraged us, the state of Texas, Circuit of The Americas' staff and Bernie himself.”
Despite deals having also been signed to host both MotoGP and the Australian V8 Supercar series from 2013, the first race the organisers face is to get construction of the circuit and its facilities completed in time for the USGP to return to the F1 schedule in November next year. The future of both the MotoGP and V8 events, which were also agreed with Hellmund's Full Throttle Productions operation, remains uncertain.
“Our investors have believed all along that this project has tremendous benefit for our region, and provides a strong economic engine for the future," Epstein commented, "We remain committed to reaching our goal of being valuable community partners as we establish a platform for sports and entertainment. We're glad that Tavo's vision of bringing F1 to the people of Texas will become a reality.”
The statement added that 'engineering and construction teams working on the track will resume immediately,' and Webber is among those eagerly hoping that the work can be completed in time for the 2012 F1 event.
"I hope Austin goes ahead," he noted, "That track looks sensational. I've been shown the animations of the layout and it looks really, really special, so they've obviously done a good job there."