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Visitor / Promotional Center Austin, Texas Sam Graham / Design 187 / Tim McNeil/ Winter 2012

SOURCE ARTICLES Circuit of the Americas F1 track details announced

Formula 1 (TM) and Circuit of The Americas (TM) Ready to Roll

Credit: Andrew Horansky, KVUE News by REBEKAH HOOD / Posted on April 12, 2011 at 2:47 PM Updated Tuesday, Apr 12 at 9:55 PM

10-Year Race Contract Brings F1 Back to the U.S. in 2012; Construction to Resume Immediately

The Formula 1 race track facility under construction in Elroy now has a name -- Circuit of the Americas (COTA). Tavo Hellmund, the chairman of Formula 1 United States, announced the name as well as several major new partners and programs in connection with the new track Tuesday. According to a press release about the new facility, the name is to signify "that the center will be a premier destination in the western hemisphere where business leaders, entertainers and sports fans come to see worldclass performances."

AUSTIN, Texas – December 7, 2011 – Circuit of The Americas announced today that they have reached an agreement with Formula One Management that ensures the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix remains on the FIA Formula 1 World Championship race calendar. Red McCombs, chairman of McCombs Enterprises and founding partner of Circuit of The Americas stated, “Mr. Ecclestone received his check today. We want to thank the fans supporting us, the local officials and businesses that have encouraged us, the State of Texas, Circuit of The Americas’ staff and Bernie himself. I want to thank and commend Bobby Epstein for getting us across the finish line. Bobby’s perseverance and leadership kept the project on track despite unfair and unfounded criticism.”

“We are building a destination for entertainment and business, not simply a race track, and this brand reflects that entire idea,” said Hellmund. COTA will be home not only to Formula 1, but MotoGP as well. MotoGP has committed to a 10-year deal with Austin's F1 track beginning in 2013. It will become the third MotoGP race in the United States, joining Laguna Seca and Indianapolis.

“Our investors have believed all along that this project has tremendous benefit for our region, and provides a strong economic engine for the future,” stated Epstein, founding partner of Circuit of The Americas. We remain committed to reaching our goal of being valuable community partners as we establish a platform for sports and entertainment. We’re glad that Tavo’s vision of bringing F1 to the people of Texas will become a reality.”

KVUE News has also learned that 16 Texas companies are a part of the COTA track development.

Engineering and construction teams working on the track will resume immediately, ensuring completion for the 2012 race date.

In addition to COTA's 3.4-mile circuit track with capacity for 120,000 fans, the $250 million multi-purpose facility will include a huge banquet hall and a trauma center. The paddock building will also serve as a 500-person banquet hall for private or corporate events or galas. The parking garage will be the length of three football fields. A date has yet to be set for the Formula 1 race or the MotoGP races.

“We have a substantial number of fans who have expressed interest in buying tickets and hospitality, so today is a win for all of them as much as it is for Circuit of The Americas,” said Steve Sexton, president of Circuit of The Americas. “We encourage everyone to visit our website and register for information. Registered fans will receive the first communication regarding ticket sales plans. In a matter of weeks we will have more exciting news as we unveil our full calendar of world class events.” Fans interested in receiving information about tickets for next year's United States Grand Prix can register their contact information at Ticket sales information will be communicated to those registered prior to general public notification. About Circuit of The Americas Circuit of The Americas will be a world-class destination for performance, education and business. It will be the first purpose-built Formula 1 Grand Prix facility in the United States designed for any and all classes of racing, from motor power to human power. The master plan for Circuit of The Americas features a variety of permanent structures designed for business, education, entertainment and race use. Its signature element will be a 3.4-mile (5.5-km) circuit track. Other support buildings will include a medical facility, 14 executive meeting suites, a conference center, and a banquet hall, as well as an expansive outdoor live music space. Future proposed amenities include a driving/riding experience, a motorsports driving club, kart track, grand plaza event center and tower, and a trackside recreational vehicle park.

Sam Graham / Design 187 / Tim McNeil/ Winter 2012


Sam Graham / Design 187 / Tim McNeil/ Winter 2012

TRACK OVERVIEW Circuit Of The Americas is a multi-purpose facility that will host the most prestigious racing events in the world, including the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™. It is the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the U.S. Built around a state-of-the-art 3.4-mile circuit track with capacity for 120,000 fans and an elevation change of 133 feet, the facility is designed for any and all classes of racing – from motor power, to human power. Circuit of The Americas is ideally situated on a 1000-acre site in southeast Austin, approximately two miles from Austin Bergstrom International Airport, with scenic views of downtown. Far more than a racetrack, Circuit of The Americas is a world-class performance, education and business center that will feature: - Racing-focused amenities including a private Motorsports Driving Club and a Karting Track - Public spaces for private events, seminars and conventions - Visitor attractions that include an expansive live entertainment space, retail center and museum - A center with research facilities and robust services and amenities to power a broad range of business, technology and education allies - 40,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art Conference/Media Center - 5,500 sq. ft. medical center, offering paramedic services and EMS & medical student training - Area for law enforcement vehicle training - Fire and rescue training areas - Driving academies - Educational programs

Sam Graham / Design 187 / Tim McNeil/ Winter 2012

VISITOR EXPERIENCE With this authentic fan experience situated just outside the highest point of the racetrack, the view offers unparalleled panoramic shots of this beautifully crafted speedway with the skyline of downtown Austin lurking in the background. The news that three of the world’s top racing series’ would be battling around this 3.4 mile track was huge to race fans everywhere. Formula 1, MotoGP, and Australia’s own V8 Supercar Series are the big names heading to the Lonestar State in the coming years. We want to offer the racing fans of the area with a snapshot or preview of the types of racing that will be held here from the die-hard to the casual fan, we have something for you! A vehicle from each of these 3 series’ will be on display for fans to get up close and personal with the machines that heroes drive. Fans can also have photo opportunities while in the driver seat of each vehicle, as a souvenir to take home. In between the speedway and the display cars are 4 LED touchscreen monitors. These monitors allow fans to literally pick-apart these vehicles from their sheetmetal to their engine to the racing seat itself. Also, within the same area, fans can trigger an audio sequence focusing on the roaring engines of the machines honed in and isolated to the person directly below facing the screen. Hope you brought your earplugs! Down the slope not too far from the displays and just right of the vehicles, one can truly see the inner workings of the track itself and what actually goes into the construction process from materials to the depths needed in order for this track to maintain it’s quality and longevity. On the opposite side of the exhibit are two stadium-esque rows with Formula 1 steering wheel replicas able to be held by visitors. These steering wheels, however, encompass a small LCD screen which allows fans to race amongst themselves around the circuit! Also, utlizing the placement of this exhibit, fans can also switch the screen to a viewfinder mode which allows to visualize a live event through the screen when held up at certain angles to the track! All of these facets of this visitor/promotional center are in anticipation for the exciting years to follow once construction is completed. Are you ready?

Sam Graham / Design 187 / Tim McNeil/ Winter 2012


Sam Graham / Design 187 / Tim McNeil/ Winter 2012


Sam Graham / Design 187 / Tim McNeil/ Winter 2012


Sam Graham / Design 187 / Tim McNeil/ Winter 2012

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