Desperately tried to figure out how to make the trip to witness the insanity first-hand...but it wasn't in the cards. Anyone here go? How was it?
Not this time. I've high hopes for the proposed NJ race. It could be a like an American Monaco. The last F1 race I went to was Montreal. It was Hamilton's maiden F1 win and a great weekend overall. I took the crappy picture below with my blackberry (it was 2007!)
Either Austin played it well, or turn out was less than expected.
Initial reports from quite a businesses is "we were overstaffed, overstocked, underwhelmed with foot traffic."
That said, I had to have my wife come pick me up Saturday evening after work, as the train was overflowing with people.
Check out this article in Autoweek from a guy that was previously very skeptical.
"Unlike many road courses, it features excellent sightlines and multiple viewing areas with great views of more than a single corner or straightaway. As a complete, modern facility, it stands absolutely unrivaled by any racing venue on this continent. Period."
The Ferrari gearbox sticker-gate was inspired.
Formula 1 - Motorhead: Ferrari
Wheelworks Handcrafted Wheels
This was the first F1 race I've watched start-to-finish in quite a long time, and I was impressed with the circuit. From what I gathered by the end of the broadcast, this could be home for the U.S. GP for some time to come.
That being said, I'd be thrilled if the the proposed Jersey City race ever comes to pass.
I thought track was like an amped up version of Mid Ohio and was pleasantly surprised how close you could get in some spots, turn 11 in particular. I had seats in turn 12 but spent the first third of the race in 11 right at the fence before I took my seat because it was such a nice spot to watch them brake and accelerate from the hairpin. The track was full but Indy had a huge turnout its first year too before attendance started to decline. That said I think Austin is a better fit for F1 and the track is superior to the ticky tack road course afterthought at IMS. Not surprisingly the restaurants and shops not on the scope of someone driving an Aston Martin Rapide were the ones that took a big hit while the luxury joints did fine. Just like the Olympics the race probably scared away tourists because they didn't want to deal with the crowds.
That being said, the racing was excellent. I know it wasn't intentional, but FP1 reminded me of the 1000hp turbo era with the cars nearly out of control on every turn. I think tilke got this one right. They could even eliminate drs and this track would still be good. I'm really, really looking forward to the motoGP race next year.