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Old 05-25-2010, 03:20 PM
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United States Formula One Grand Prix to be held in Austin, Texas 2012 - 2021

http://f1.gpupdate.net/en/formula-1-...us-grand-prix/
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Old 05-25-2010, 04:30 PM
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WOW thats Awesome
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That's interesting because the Barber F-1, motorcycle racing and Porsche track in Birmingham was considered to be the best in the country. Looks like Texas aced them forever, since George Barber is pretty much past his prime, healthwise.
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That will be good to see and Austin is a nice town to visit.
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That's cool!

That's a real shot in the arm for an already great city. I'll do my damndest to try and make it for an F1 race.

Plus, it'll be a great new track for other classes of racing. From club to pro.
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Originally Posted by bamaboy473 View Post
That's interesting because the Barber F-1, motorcycle racing and Porsche track in Birmingham was considered to be the best in the country. Looks like Texas aced them forever, since George Barber is pretty much past his prime, healthwise.
Barber isn't even close to being F1 spec. Great courses, but not for F1.
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Barber isn't even close to being F1 spec. Great courses, but not for F1.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barber_Motorsports_Park

Let's all assume that you're some guru expert in the field of F1, then?

Explain to we mere mortals why the USA F1 team uses the track?

isn't even close...

While you might be proud to have Austin as the selected track, what purpose is served by denigrating other USA tracks that are being built for the same purposes? Do you really think that F1 will catch on in America with only one track being raced...and that one in an out-of-the-way place that's difficult to get to from road or sea or sky?

Try...just try to...look at the bigger picture
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Certainly. 1st of all, USF1 does NOT and has NOT used the track. There is no USF1 Team anymore. They never had a functioning car and therefore could not have tested their car at the Barber facility. All USF1 did was place a call to Barber to inquire about the track schedule with the "intent" of testing their car at Barber, in lieu of traveling to Jerez, Spain where the rest of the teams were testing in March.

I would love to see F1 at more than one track. Laguna Seca, for instance or Watkins Glen. But they don't "fit" anymore.
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Good news.
Lets all hope they don't get a summer race date.
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I would love to see F1 at more than one track. Laguna Seca, for instance or Watkins Glen. But they don't "fit" anymore.

I know nothing about F1, except that the cars go fast, play follow-the-leader, and seem to race in towns (or are those from old Paul Newman movies?).

What is this "fit" that you're talking about? What is it that has kept F1 from being an American fetish like it is elsewhere...seems that countries that like soccer like F1.
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Best sound ever - an F1 backfiring on downshifing into a chicane!
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Originally Posted by bamaboy473 View Post
I know nothing about F1, except that the cars go fast, play follow-the-leader, and seem to race in towns (or are those from old Paul Newman movies?).

What is this "fit" that you're talking about? What is it that has kept F1 from being an American fetish like it is elsewhere...seems that countries that like soccer like F1.
The FIA is pretty particular when it comes to run-off areas now, with the exception of the street circuits, because of the speed at which the cars travel approaching and thru the turns. Every year they try to slow the teams down with new reg's but the engineers claw that speed back and, in fact are able to make the cars go faster. Just as a note, you can not (I know you didn't but it's just an example) even begin to compare an F1 car to an Indy car. They are WORLDS apart and so are their budgets.
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What is this "fit" that you're talking about? What is it that has kept F1 from being an American fetish like it is elsewhere, or at least where soccer is king..?

Is it because there's no real give-and-take racing...it's more like a greyhound race?

Is it because NASCAR and the IRL have...conspired?

Seems like the American sports market is worth a lot of money, and something like F1 that doesn't come over here must have some big roadblocks. What are they?
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Originally Posted by bamaboy473 View Post
What is this "fit" that you're talking about? What is it that has kept F1 from being an American fetish like it is elsewhere, or at least where soccer is king..?

Is it because there's no real give-and-take racing...it's more like a greyhound race?

Is it because NASCAR and the IRL have...conspired?

Seems like the American sports market is worth a lot of money, and something like F1 that doesn't come over here must have some big roadblocks. What are they?
The "fit" I was referring to has to do with the tracks and not the American appeal of it. As to why it's not as popular here, I don't have an answer for you. I know I've been hooked since the early 80's. As for lack of passing, I think it will get better next year. They tried to improve it last year by banning all the extra aero divices and winglets but a few teams and then all of the teams, developed a double difuser which gained them the down force which was lost by banning the other devices. For next year, the double difuser is banned.
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