Austin F1 track named ‘Circuit of the Americas’

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Organisers of the 2012 United States Grand Prix have named their track the ‘Circuit of the Americas’.

Red McCombs, one of the businessmen who has invested in the circuit in Austin, Texas, said: “One of the most inviting aspects of the name is the word ‘Americas’.

“It reflects Austin?s ideal location at the crossroads of North America from north to south, east to west. Also, it speaks to our state as a centre of commerce and cultural exchange in this hemisphere. I look forward to meeting many fans and visitors who will be coming from every country.”

There has been no American driver in Formula 1 since Scott Speed left the sport in 2007. However the presence of Mexican Sergio Perez may help attract foreign fans.

The track will be able to accommodate up to 120,000 spectators and will also host the 2013 round of the Moto GP championship.

A website for the circuit has been launched at

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139 comments on Austin F1 track named ‘Circuit of the Americas’

  1. David-A (@david-a) said on 13th April 2011, 0:28

    Austin Circuit would have been simpler and better.

    After all, “Suzuka Circuit” or “Silverstone Circuit” don’t do them any harm.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 13th April 2011, 1:38

      “Austin Circuit” would have been bland and uninspiring and meaningless. Do you know why Silverstone is called Silverstone? It’s because it’s built on the site of RAF Silverstone, a World War II airstrip that fell into disuse once the war was over. “Austin Circuit”, on the other hand, would simply continue the trend of boring names like “Bahrain Circuit” and “Shanghai Circuit” and “Valencia Circuit”, and given the layout and the potential it has, it deserves more than that.

      • David-A (@david-a) said on 13th April 2011, 3:25

        “Circuit of the Americas” on the other hand, is a rather cheesy and long winded way of saying “America Circuit”, like calling it “Circuit of Shanghai” or “Circuit of Bahrain”.

        It’s just my opinion that I’d rather take the simple route to naming. At least the track itself looks good.

  2. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 13th April 2011, 1:12

    I like it. I don’t think it’s pretenious or presumptuous. I admit, I was hoping for something like “Wandering Creek” or a name with the word “Ring” in it (because we have far too few new Rings these days), but it could easily have been much worse. There was the suggestion that it may have been known the “Red Bull Raceway at Austin” because the circuit’s Twitter feed posted a message on the Red Bull feed (personally, as far as evidence goes, this struck me as quite specious), but I like the name “Circuit of the Americas”. It feels right.

    • Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 13th April 2011, 9:21

      Actually, I like it as well.

      I’m not really understanding all the criticism it getting.

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 13th April 2011, 11:07

        Most of the criticism stems from the fact that it’s American and the last American Formula 1 project – namely USF1 – failed horrendously. Let’s say the Nurburging Nordschleife had never been invented until Tilke came along and designed it on the outskirts of Austin. I guarantee you people would still criticise it for being American and being designed by Tilke.

  3. TheBrav3 said on 13th April 2011, 1:35

    Boooooooorrrrrinnnngggggg :P daytona charlotte laguna seca those are real race track names!

  4. F1Yankee (@f1yankee) said on 13th April 2011, 1:40

    one being “the united states of” and the other being “texas”.

    just kidding. i look forward to my trip to planet texas in 2012 :)

  5. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 13th April 2011, 1:55

    Some of my friends back in USA said this track will be one of the best of Tilke, they said it is built with great care. Hope it provides good racing & we will see F1 returns a place where it was never successful.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 13th April 2011, 2:08

      I wouldn’t say Formula 1 was never successful in America. It’s more a case of the sport never having been managed properly.

      • Scalextric said on 13th April 2011, 2:24

        A large part of this is because races are on TV when most of of my fellow residents are awake. Race times are optimized for Europe. Or optimised, if you insist. Then in prime time here there’s plenty of other sport to keep advetizers and viewers happy. But the shoddy management and lack of a US legacy in F1 doesn’t help one bit. Nevertheless, Ferrari and Mercedes sell more here than most other places.

        • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 13th April 2011, 3:17

          I was thinking less about television times and more along the lines of some of the confusing decisions the Powers That Be have made. Indy 2005 is the obvious choice, but there are other baffling moments – like the Phoenix and Las Vegas circuits, two of the worst circuits Formula 1 has ever visited.

          • Adam Tate (@adam-tate) said on 13th April 2011, 4:41

            Ya’ll have hit on one of F1’s biggest challenges in the US. TV times, though I prefer to see the races live, and will gladly stay up till 3 am to watch (like I did for Sepang last weekend) most Americans will not. We are a country that is sadly based far too much on convenience and will just ignore things that aren’t put right in front of us.

          • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 13th April 2011, 6:08

            Somehow, I don’t think they’re going to host the USGP at three in the morning to best suit European audiences.

          • dyslexicbunny said on 13th April 2011, 15:03

            Seriously? I doubt that’s the problem. I DVR them and watch them in the morning since I don’t have the interest in tanking my body clock all season. It makes Monday and Tuesday mornings hell. If you’re concerned about spoilers, don’t look at the internet. But there’s very little TV I watch live anymore.

            Besides, the only races that are a problem are East Asia and Australia. I can usually get up a bit early for Europe. But the DVR is a great backup.

  6. Gusto said on 13th April 2011, 3:10

    Immediate thought was…. looks like the Roller Coaster in Stunt Car Racer by Sir Crammond ;-)

  7. teeb123 said on 13th April 2011, 4:20

    I think they should cut out the stadium “mickey-mouse” section and join corners 12 and 15 with a swooping left hander.

    • Adam Tate (@adam-tate) said on 13th April 2011, 4:44

      My thoughts exactly teeb123, I am sure for other series this will be possible, but I’d love to see them do it for F1. I’d even take out turn 7 and have 6 just go straight into 8 making another long curve. That would make it much more like the flowing high speed circuits of the past.

      Otherwise I am fairly pleased with the circuit, good turns and nice elevation change should make things interesting.

  8. jose arellano said on 13th April 2011, 5:08

    “…the presence of Mexican Sergio Perez may help attract foreign fans…”

    you dont have a clue!, the place is going to be absolutely filled of Mexicans.

  9. Gusto said on 13th April 2011, 5:09

    Any reason why its anticlockwise?….Apart from cant get enough of that turning left..joking x-)

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 13th April 2011, 6:13

      It seems to be a geography thing. One of the big things the organisers wanted in the first drafts of the circuit was as long and steep a climb into the first turn as they could manage. The placing of the first turn dictated a lot about the direction of racing.

      And only half the corners are actually left-handers.

  10. Freddy said on 13th April 2011, 7:11

    1st. Being a Tilke circuit chances are it’ll bring NOTHING new or exciting to the sport. I just hope he listens to RACERS not to Bernie or NFS designers.

    2nd. Sorry guys! But calling it the “Circuit of the Americas” has a terrible and negative historical connotation for the rest of the continent. Goes back to the Monroe Doctrine: “America for the Americans” the exact same phrase that nourishes the resentment most Latin American cultures have against the US.

    3rd. Where’s the attendance? Americans hardly watch F1 and if so, they don’t live in Southern US. Looking for foreign tourism? Canada hosts one of the best Races of the year in Montreal and Mexico will soon have a street circuit in Guadalajara. Brazil has another historical Grand Prix. Betcha whatever that South Americans would rather travel to Interlagos in Sao Paolo to watch the closing race of the season than to Austin. Especially when having to deal with long visa application forms, US Immigration, anti-terrorism measures. etc…

    The circuit looks nice, I am sure it could be interesting, but as someone said: “Another Circuit Fantasy.” More than half of the new it-is-a-fact circuit extravaganzas made in the last 5-10 years, never became reality.


    • Freddy said on 13th April 2011, 7:13

      Sorry I meant long visa application LINES, not forms. It may take days to get to a “travel visa hearing”.

    • R P Henley said on 22nd April 2011, 2:40

      Sorry pal…I believe that Tennessee is in the south and WE watch!!!!

  11. DC (@dc) said on 13th April 2011, 7:18

    Austin is getting Moto GP? Is Indianapolis losing its race, or are they adding another on the schedule?

  12. Oliver said on 13th April 2011, 11:10

    Will be just great to see a sign board with “Circuit of the Americas …No tickets to illegal immigrants”

  13. Malibu_GP said on 13th April 2011, 12:23

    I have high hopes for this project. Don’t care what they call it, only that it silences the naysayers and provides great racing down there in Texas. I am gonna be ordering My tickets in the coming weeks, and will be traveling to Austin by Motorcoach. Say what You like Haters of all things American, this is special… Ive been a die-hard supporter since the seventies, when Andretti was winning and Sir Jackie was all over TV advertising. USF1 debacle aside, We ( Americans) will host a great GP. Also, Perez will definitely excite in Texas. Like California where I’m from, there’s a huge Mexican population there.

    • Robbie (@robbie) said on 13th April 2011, 15:23

      Agree with you Malibu_GP…I hope to see this track and race happen just as I was thrilled to see our Canadian GP put back on the sched after Bernie backed down from his astronomical financial demands and guarantees from the Provincial and Federal Government that he would get his money first and foremost…I think it is important that F1 be in the USA, it is such a huge market, so I hope BE’s financial demands are reasonable toward Texas for the right to field an F1 race, and fully expect BE not to make money a barrier for this very important market…

      I understand fully that the States has it’s own racing series’, and especially without an American driver in F1 that makes it hard for Americans to appreciate F1, but many many do anyway…and many come from all corners of the earth for any GP, no matter where it is…

      I’m sure there will be lots of Canadians thrilled to have another F1 race within a short flight’s distance, and will attend with enthusiasm…

  14. schooner said on 13th April 2011, 13:31

    I’m not in love with the name, but at least it didn’t wind up being “Race City USA”, as was rumored. That would have been truly embarassing.

  15. Maksutov said on 13th April 2011, 13:44

    ‘Circuit of the Americas’ , embarrassing name to say the least. Everyone knows that the circuit is in America. Why be fag about it .

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