US Grand Prix Given Go Ahead after Agreement
December 7, 2011
The US Grand Prix in Texas has been revived after Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and Circuit of the Americas chiefs reached an agreement.
The construction of the track will resume immediately after the race was announced to remain on the 2012 calendar today.
The event, scheduled to host the penultimate round of the 2012 championship, was in doubt after construction was stopped because of problems with the contracts.
Ecclestone gave organisers an extended deadline after failing to meet the original one.
After the race was included in the final 2012 calendar released by the FIA, Austin officials said work on the track will resume right away, and they are confident it will be ready for the grand prix.
“Mr Ecclestone received his check today for the US GP,” said investor Red McCombs in a statement.
“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.”
Bobby Epstein, founding partner of Circuit of The Americas, said: “Our investors have believed all along that this project has tremendous benefit for our region, and provides a strong economic engine for the future.
“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.”
Steve Sexton, president of Circuit of The Americas, added: “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.
“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.”