Problems arise with the US Grand Prix site in Texas

Problems arise with the US Grand Prix site in Texas
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Trouble is brewing in Austin, Texas after reports came out regarding scheduling difficulties as it relates to the construction of the race track that’s going to host the 2012 US Grand Prix.

While we already know that construction for the race track is scheduled to start in December, the Austin Business Journal obtained a document showing that the estimated build time for the whole track would take around 24 months. Following that timeline, there’s serious doubt that the circuit would be finished in time for the US GP.

AFormula One spokesman, however, tried to pour water over the issue saying that the 24-month time frame included the planning and development stage and not exclusively on the track build. But even if the timetable has been set up like this, the timeframe is still cutting it a little too close to the race date and leaves absolutely no margin of error for the construction.

F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone has made it clear that if the race does not take place as scheduled, severe penalties would be slapped to race organizers. While we’re holding up hope that the race track just east of the Austin-Begstrom International Airport will be finished in time for the race in 2012, the fact that the build is going to start this late leaves some doubt as to whether or not it’s going to be completed on time.


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  (442) posted on 11.8.2010

When your building a track that costs hundreds of millions of dollars and then spending additional funds to promote it why not go the distance and contact a company like Polyphony Digital to incorporate the Austin GP into the upcoming driving simulation Gran Turismo 5 ?

  (2) posted on 11.5.2010

The problem is dirt can’t be moved until site plans are approved by the planning commission, then it goes to the city council for final approval.

It is what it is...the wheels of government churn slowly. I’m sure FTP are lobbying Bernie to put them near the end of the 2012 calendar to give them maximum construction time. It also puts us in a better weather window...fall in Texas is mid-high 70’s with mostly sunshine. Perfect weather to sit outside and watch a race.

Just remember that Korea did their track in 18 months, with massive delays from typhoons and threats from North Korea halting construction for weeks at a time. They squeaked by...and it isn’t optimum but it is what it is. Next year will be much better. The track will have cured, the grass will be established and the roads into the facility will be completed.

Be assured that as soon as they can LEGALLY start to move dirt, they will. Until then, it’s a waiting game with the local city government.

  (555) posted on 11.5.2010

Yeah,that would be a great problem..and I agree that they should start earlier to finish earlier so that they are not having this kind of problem..

  (134) posted on 11.5.2010

It’s 2010 now and they have a time line of 24 months to finish and they are planning to start in December. The whole track would be finish by December 2012. They should start earlier.

  (2) posted on 11.4.2010

Don’t you guys have anything better to do than trying to dig up dirt?

Why does ANYTHING with regards to the track in Austin have to be painted in such a controversial light?

Full Throttle Productions got their building variances last night approved before the Environmental Board, and goes before the planning commission in 2 weeks time for full approval on construction.

We enjoy a lot of things down here in Texas...great weather in the winter (which is VERY conducive to construction) and no unions to slow us down. I foresee LOTS of dirt being moved in December and this project is going to fly by.

No doubts the timeline is tight...but it isn’t anything a little money and (3) 8-hour shifts/day can’t overcome. It all comes down to man/hours on a project of this size.

It’ll be GREAT to see you eat crow when it is finished on-time...

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