Another GO for F1 Austin

December 16 2010: This may be the brightest green light yet for US Formula One supporters.

The pieces of the US Grand Prix puzzle are coming together, albeit with much frustration from all parties involved. It seems that from the time the Austin Grand Prix track was announced back in May of this year, information about the race track has been on a need-to-know basis. Now, the developers have been given approval to begin grading the land for the track to meet their December 2010 start deadline. It seems like this go-ahead wraps up the first of many parts in what will surely be a long saga. Since we’re almost at the end of the year, let’s break down what we do know about the players:

- Circuit Design: Tilke GmbH, the German engineering firm. This group has been involved with the design of most of the more recent F1 tracks.

- Formula One Complex Design: HKS Inc., a Dallas-based architectural firm. They also designed the new Dallas Cowboys stadium, the Centro Medico ABC Centro de Cancer, renovated the Dodger Stadium,  and more.

-General Contractor: Austin Commercial, who have been involved with the (brand new) W Hotel Austin, Four Seasons San Jacinto Center in Austin, etc.

-Traffic Planners: Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. and Graham Lake-Grange

-Partners: Full Throttle Productions LP, McCombs Partners and Prophet Capital Management

-Attorney for Full Throttle Productions: Richard Suttle, Jr. of Armbrust & Brown, PLLC

-Managing Partner of Full Throttle: Tavo Hellmund

-Texas Government officials: Rick Perry, Governer. Susan Combs, Comptroller.

-Transportation and Natural Resources Executive Manager: Joe Gieselman, Travis County

-…and many more

These are the people who will be in Austin making the biggest waves throughout the construction period for the USGP track. It’s a great mix of money, ego, power and vision that will have a huge influence on our city for years to come. What matters is that the groundbreaking should be this month – if you’re considering reserving an USGP hotel room OR if you’re a developer who’s been on the fence about doing business around Elroy – it’s time to take action!

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