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    F1 returns to the USA in 2012

    But Austin, Texas is a long way from home.

    http://www.formula1.com/news/headlin...0/5/10824.html
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    Hopefully Canada can stick around and we can have two GP's in North America.

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    can't wait for dates to be set so i can reserve my hotel stay wayyy in advance. lol.

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    Maybe we can swing an Ofest there again.
    I didn't understand though, would it be a street course?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1996 328ti View Post
    Maybe we can swing an Ofest there again.
    I didn't understand though, would it be a street course?
    In the link, it explains that a facility is being built for the purpose of F1. It will not be another Valencia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flohtingPoint View Post
    In the link, it explains that a facility is being built for the purpose of F1. It will not be another Valencia.
    I thought so.
    A road course can be built in 2 years?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1996 328ti View Post
    I thought so.
    A road course can be built in 2 years?
    Korea is slamming through production to get their circuit operational this year, so perhaps. I'm a Network Engineer, not a Civil Engineer, so I cant say one way or the other, but F1 has little faith in Korea, already stating the Magny Cours is a fallback.

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    Seems every track I read about has setbacks due to zoning and permit issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1996 328ti View Post
    Seems every track I read about has setbacks due to zoning and permit issues.
    Or Tilke makes them boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flohtingPoint View Post
    Or Tilke makes them boring.
    Thank goodness for the internet because I had no clue WTF you are talking about.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermann_Tilke
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1996 328ti View Post
    I thought so.
    A road course can be built in 2 years?
    With enough money a track and the required infrastructure for an F1 race could be done in a year. I assume the City of Austin has a site in mind and the wherewithall to push through any bureaucratic hurdles. This plan certainly sounds for feasible that last week's rumored use of Monticello Motorsports Club in NY.
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    I think Tilke is going to deliver something along the lines of Yas Marina and not Spa. With 4 days of activities and the race only being 1.5 hours of which 80% is spent watching a screen anyway, one could really care less. It's close to home and is a fraction of the cost of Monaco. Hopefully Red Bull will be resolved by the rest of the teams and multiple tyre suppliers should make it fun. I will take it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uber-Goober View Post
    I think Tilke is going to deliver something along the lines of Yas Marina and not Spa. With 4 days of activities and the race only being 1.5 hours of which 80% is spent watching a screen anyway, one could really care less. It's close to home and is a fraction of the cost of Monaco. Hopefully Red Bull will be resolved by the rest of the teams and multiple tyre suppliers should make it fun. I will take it.
    To create Spa in Texas would take major landscaping. The altitude changes of Spa are massive. My buddies MK 1 Golf could take Raidillon flat out because he'd lose so much speed climbing after the start of Eau Rouge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flohtingPoint View Post
    To create Spa in Texas would take major landscaping. The altitude changes of Spa are massive. My buddies MK 1 Golf could take Raidillon flat out because he'd lose so much speed climbing after the start of Eau Rouge.
    You or your buddy have been to Spa?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uber-Goober View Post
    You or your buddy have been to Spa?
    I was stationed in Germany for two and a half years. I made it to Spa, Nordschleife and Hockenheim as much as I could.

    There is a pic of my S13 coming out of Sachs Curve at Hockenheim.
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