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Interview with Kevin Schwantz - Part 1

Then after that, from Turn number 16 all the way around to Turn 18 I think, are three consecutive right-hand turns that will have an exit speed of over 150mph on a bike. It's going to be really fast.

So there's a bunch of really cool sections of racetrack out there, but I think Turns 2 to 9 are going to be the really challenging part.

Crash.net:
Will the track layout be the same for F1 and MotoGP, or will there be some corners that are different?

Kevin Schwantz:
You know that was one of the things Tilke immediately started talking about 'we can do this different for the bikes, or we can do this different for the cars'. But Tavo and I really want to see the cars and bikes race around exactly the same track.

We don't want to have to change things by having different sections and we want to make sure that the safety is built in, whether it's two wheels or four wheels, and that the track is demanding for whatever you are driving or riding.

Crash.net:
And just to confirm, this will be a day race - you're not going to spring a surprise night race on us are you?!

Kevin Schwantz:
Even though we have quite a bit of heat here at Austin in the summer, I'm hoping that either at the beginning or later on the calendar - and not right in the middle - will be ideal for Austin. I don't think we need to do it at night, yeah.

Crash.net:
What's the construction schedule now Kevin, leading up to the first F1 race in 2012?

Kevin Schwantz:
The scheduled completion date is June of 2012. I had dinner with some of the guys from Tilke the other night and they think they are right on schedule. If you go out on site most of the land has been cleared now.

You still can't quite get a feel for the design of the track yet - there is no sketched layout or stakes in place - but you can stand at the top of the hill at the first turn see the landmark in the distance, which is the far end of the track. The left turn that leads onto the back straightaway.

You can really see how long this track is now [3.4 miles] and you can also get an idea of what it'll be like for fans when they come to watch. There's going to be great spectator viewing.

We're really trying to build that fan experience in. We're going to make some great hillside seating around turn one. That will allow you to see all the way over to Turn 11 on the back straightaway and also downtown Austin ten miles away.

The track's also really close to the airport. There are a lot of things that make this track really convenient for the fans and the competitors. Everything about it is going to be a real home run for us.

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superslide - Unregistered

April 21, 2011 11:33 AM

I think it looks good for a new track. Big elevation changes, fast maggots/becketts esses, long back staight for slipstreaming, 150mph long right, few hard braking places for overtaking. Reminds me a bit of Aragon and that ain't bad. It's just good to see a western country, other than spain/portugal, actually building a brand new state-of-the-art track from the ground up. Wouldn't happen here in the UK.

jimmy - Unregistered

April 21, 2011 6:44 PM

I have one problem with these modern tracks. A lack of atmosphere. It's like a stadium or a football field. Hills are a way to go but also trees. I like tracks in forests or some parks. Spa, Monza, Road America, just some interesting landscape around.



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