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After yesterday’s races we’re ready to start packing for Austin and our attention has turned to what else is going on for Ducati fans. This event, the MotoGP Happy Hour, is at Ducati Austin, which will be the off track center of the Ducati universe GP weekend, gets things started. We also heard that Ducati Austin is planning a traditional “RedSnake” ride (similar to what Ducati does at the IndyGP and many of the Italian events) to the racetrack on Sunday am – approximately 20 miles. They are also planning on being open on Monday (they are normally closed) for any last minute traveler needs.
Stay tuned for updates, if it looks like fun for Ducati fans during the CotA AustinGP weekend, Ducati.net will be there. (Autograph hunters especially, watch for news)
Made a last minute trip down to Austin Texas this morning with big bro and my dad to check out the new track and see the formula guys lay down some rubber before Moto GP comes to town in the spring! :) Was a good time the track and facility all look first class and was a good race. Looking forward to going back in April and do more then watch! NH
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Lawyers: Texas comptroller committed state funds to MotoGP race
State Comptroller Susan Combs last year committed more than $40 million from a state events trust fund to a MotoGP race planned at the Circuit of the Americas in southeastern Travis County, according to attorneys for motorcycling legend Kevin Schwantz.
The $4.6 million a year for 10 years — which had previously been unreported — is in addition to a controversial $250 million in state funds that Combs appeared to commit to attract Formula One to the circuit, Schwantz’s attorneys claim.
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AUSTIN, Texas – Circuit of The Americas today announced that it has been declared ready to host the 2012 Formula One United States Grand Prix by Charlie Whiting, who directs racing, safety and technical matters for the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the sanctioning body that oversees international motorsport.
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"3four claims that were it not for the defendants' interference, it could have contracted with another Texas track to hold the race, possibly Texas World Speedway in College Station."
The former promoter of the annual MotoGP motorcycle race in Austin sued the operator of the Circuit of the Americas race track, claiming it tortiously interfered with the promoter's contract.
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MotoGP rights holder Dorna is in negotiations with the Circuit of the Americas about a race in 2013, according to a Dorna spokesperson.
In an email to the American-Statesman, Ignacio Sagnier, Dorna's communications manager, declined to provide any further details of talks but said MotoGP's first draft for next year's race calendar would likely be released in two weeks at the San Marino race.
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Adding to the drama that has dogged Austin's Formula One race track project, the Circuit of the Americas is facing contract issues with what would be its second biggest attraction: a MotoGP international race slated to begin a 10-year run at the $300 million track in 2013.
Motorcycling legend Kevin Schwantz, who figured to be the public face of that race, has been mum on the subject for months. But in February, Schwantz sent a letter to Steve Sexton, the president of Circuit of the Americas, saying, "I urge you one final time to contact Mr. (Tavo) Hellmund about obtaining the rights to host a MotoGP race in Texas, after which I would be glad to open discussions with you as the new promoter. If you have not obtained such rights from Full Throttle, then unfortunately Circuit of the Americas will not be included as a round of the FIM Grand Prix Road Racing World Championship."...more
AUSTIN (CN) - The problem-plagued return of Formula 1 auto racing to the United States has hit another speed bump, as the founder and former promoter of the race sued his former project partners, claiming they froze him out of the project.
Tavo Hellmund and Full Throttle Productions sued six LLCs and four people,
Robert Epstein, Irv Kessler, Kurt Rechner and Rad Weaver, in Travis County Court. All the defendants are involved in the coming November's inaugural United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, under construction in Travis County.
Hellmund claims in his complaint that he spent 7 years doing the footwork: designing the track and support facilities and securing the rights to host Formula 1, MotoGP and Australian V8 Supercars races in Texas, but he lacked the funding.
He claims that It says "financial moguls" Epstein and Billy Joe "Red" McCombs were given a 75 percent interest in the project in exchange for providing capital to build and operate the track...more
Austin's Formula One racetrack project has hit another speed bump.
Tavo Hellmund, once the face of the project, and his company, Full Throttle Productions, have filed a lawsuit against track investors Bobby Epstein and Red McCombs and various companies and managers involved in the $300 million project under construction in Travis County.
The civil suit filed in state District Court in Travis County does not specify damages but says Hellmund had an agreement for an $18 million buyout that was not fulfilled and that he was scheduled to make $500,000 a year for 10 years as chairman of the F1 U.S. Grand Prix.
The first race is set for Nov. 18....more
We are just looking forward to any news on the track at this point! Formula Texas Racing - Austin, Texas - Was so nice to lend us this picture of the tracks progress. This one is of the pit buildings with Austin in the background. Thanks Terry D. Gutierrez
That's Matt Lewis and his fiance Kim, at Ducati Austin, picking up thier lucky Christmas gift from Tumi, a 696 Ducati Monster, a nine piece set of Ducati/Tumi luggage set and a Tumi jacket.
It's not Matt's first Ducati, he currently has a Monster 796, but he was "stoked" to learn he'd won, especially because this was an international competition and that it was won in the Austin area, he said, made him feel extremely lucky. When asked what the plans were for the newest Ducati in the family, Matt and Kim said they are looking forward to riding around Central Texas Hill Country together. For them, the "ultimate ride" is a family affair.
The Formula 1 race scheduled to be held in November 2012 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas appears to have been saved, and with it, the MotoGP race the season after. After a dispute over the sanctioning fee and the terms of the contract between Formula One World Championship Limited and the Circuit of the Americas, and a game of brinkmanship between F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and CotA founding partner Bobby Epstein, the Austin facility finally buckled, wiring an advance payment to Ecclestone's organizing firm just hours before the deadline - a meeting of the World Motor Sports Council in New Delhi - and securing the contract for the F1 race. (more)
"MotoGP is visually stunning for just the interaction between man and machine. Visually stunning for colors and excitement is F1. I think it’s, I forgot the name of the actual Ferrari red they changed to a couple years ago, but the color of the red Ferrari you simply don’t see that anywhere else. I never see that red, even on the street Ferraris, even though some people say that my car is that color, it’s not. The Red Bull, I think Steve Matchett has said it, that when you see the Red Bull in person, that blue looks like it’s still wet. I don’t know how they do it. It is a beautiful, beautiful blue."
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