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Old 20 Mar 2019, 13:16 (Ref:3892150)   #1
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Round 2: IndyCar Classic, Circuit of The Americas. Austin, Texas. March 22-24.

Round 2: IndyCar Classic, Circuit of The Americas. Austin, Texas. March 22-24.

This will be IndyCar's first and much anticipated visit to the Circuit of The Americas (COTA) and replaces Phoenix, after it was announced on June 22 last year that the Arizona venue would be dropped from the 2019 calendar, having only returned in 2016 after an 11 year hiatus.

The Circuit of The Americas, was created with the sole intention of reviving the USA's hopes of hosting an F1 Grand Prix. The initial plans were first proposed in a news conference on July 27, 2010 by Promoter and former Formula 3 racing driver Tavo Hellmund, who had competed in the 1990s. Hellmund announced plans to build a new race track on an 890 acre site (3.6 km2) of undeveloped land in southeastern Travis County, having secured a deal with Bernie Ecclestone for a US GP from 2012 onwards.

The final plan of the circuit was released on September 1, 2010 and building began on December 31, 2010 and was due to be completed by June 2012. The circuit's final master plan, was developed by US architects HKS Inc. and Hermann Tilke, with Austin architects Mirů Rivera, designing the main grandstand, the observation tower and amphitheatre. At a press conference on April 12, 2011, the track's name was announced as "Circuit of the Americas" .

Problems arose with securing funding from the Major Events Trust Fund (METF), a state sporting fund designed to attract major sporting events to Texas, that would be used to pay the Formula One sanctioning fee. Opponents of the race filed a lawsuit against Texas State comptroller Susan Combs, claiming she had promised the funding to the circuit, without having been legally authorized to do so, though the promoters responded stating that all necessary guidelines had been followed.

On July 1, 2011, a state district court judge declined to enter a temporary restraining order against Combs, preventing payments from the METF. However, Combs reconsidered and chose not to make the July 31 advance payment to FOMC/Bernie Ecclestone as previously agreed for the first year's sanctioning fee. In November 2011, Ecclestone issued an ultimatum to the owners and promoters to find a solution by the following month or be dropped from the calendar.

This led to a dispute between the circuit owners, Helmund's Full Throttle Productions, and Formula One Management. Construction was temporarily stopped. However, on December 7, 2011, the World Motorsport Council released the final calendar for the 2012 season, with COTA retaining its November 18 date. It emerged that two investors, Bobby Epstein and Red McCombs, had reached a new arrangement with Ecclestone, ensuring payment up front and cutting Hellmund's company from promoting the event. Hellmund announced plans to sue Epstein and McCombs, with Hellmund claiming that he was still a part of the management company and had not been paid since September. In June 2012, the dispute was reported to have been settled out of court.

The inaugural race, the 2012 United States GP, was held on November 18 and was won by Lewis Hamilton, driving for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes in a McLaren MP4 27-Merecedes FO 108Z.

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Lewis Hamilton, 19 September, 2018. 1:37.392, 126.624 Mph (203.782 Km/h). Mercedes AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ - Mercedes-AMG F1 M09 EQ Power+


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The initial track layout was conceived by Tavo Hellmund and 1993 FIM 500cc world champion Kevin Schwantz, with assistance from renowned F1 circuit designer and architect Hermann Tilke. Inspiration was taken from other F1 circuits, with the first section taking its cue from Silverstone's, Maggots-Becketts-Chapel complex. Other sections mimicked the stadium section at Hockenheim and Istanbul Park's Turn 8.

Originally the circuit was to be 3.4 miles (5.5 km) long, though the actual length is 3.427 miles (5.515 km), with 20 turns. There is also a considerable elevation change, with a steep rise of 133 feet (41 m) to Turn 1. The circuit runs anti-clockwise.



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Old 20 Mar 2019, 16:35 (Ref:3892215)   #2
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Well letís see if this trip is worth it. I think Phoenix would have been better. It settled in nicely, having been out too long.

It is a curious place to host a GP. It seemed out of place and not quite what we were expecting. Certainly the funding issue didnít help. Ecclestone probably was looking at other issues. Those in charge could have delayed it being on the F1 calendar. The promoter being replaced after trouble didnít help either. Then more issues happened with lawsuits here and there threatened itís future. Thankfully for F1 itís return to America was confirmed. Hamilton won after Vettel was held up by a backmarker

It has some interesting corners here and there, but not quite what they could be and not quite a classic circuit either. Like most US circuits itís anti clockwise. Itís designed as best as it could be for now. Can anyone beat the lap record?

Certainly it ainít the worst circuit, but not the best either. Hopefully the coverage of Indycars will continue to be top notch
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Old 20 Mar 2019, 17:29 (Ref:3892242)   #3
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Apparently spectators can't enter coolers of food...
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Old 20 Mar 2019, 17:31 (Ref:3892243)   #4
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I wonder if there is a good reason for that? There must be one, they wouldnít do it otherwise
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Old 20 Mar 2019, 17:43 (Ref:3892249)   #5
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The track owners obviously want spectators to buy food and drink that's at the venue.
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Ah, now it makes sense. Seems a bit extreme though
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I guess they want to make more money, but it seems a bit dictorial
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Indycar.com will have a live stream of the race - free to residents of 20 Central and South American countries. The stream will be available in Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.



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Ah, now it makes sense. Seems a bit extreme though
It's supposedly very restrictive, believe you can carry a single 12oz/500mL bottle of water in with you but that may have changed since last year's GP. And as with most (MB Dome in Atlanta being an exception) venues in the US the price gouging is astounding. I'd live to see the track but that's a non-starter for me. Yes, I'm spoiled with Road Atlanta allowing a lot, as long as they can't see it, but it's what I'd want in a venue.

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Well they are bringing in this new policy for the circuit to make more money. Although bringing in water is a no brainer. I wonder what the GP has to do with it. Of course you can only go to what you can go to. Something like Road Atlanta has it right, no restrictions there
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Yeah, I'm afraid it won't be packed. COTA may be the worst run track in the country.
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About the food situation, when I visit COTA I always like to stick it to the organizers by stopping at an IHOP, Denny's, or some other place just before entering and stuffing myself with a hearty breakfast knowing that this time it's ok to do it (LOL). When I enter, I carry an apple in one pocket and a bag of nuts in another pocket (it's not like they will search pockets), bottle of water in backpack, and that should keep me fed for the day. I leave a few bananas, drinks, and chips in the car to munch something on the way back home.
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I may be a bit spoiled with Road America, however I have no idea how one makes it through a day of sports car racing without 2-3 beers and 2-3 brats
COTA sounds terrible to me (except for the track itself).
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Ed Jones has been cleared to race this weekend, after breaking a bone in his hand in the season opener at St Pete.

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Well they have struggled with injuries in the past the drivers and they will again
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