Law Suits, Tickets and Expo

By , July 10, 2011 11:42 pm

Austin Council & Law Suits

It looks like things are resolved with Austin City Council after they endorsed the Austin GP last week. I am still not sure if the consequences of vote against would have actually threatened the race, or if it would just have caused Tavo, Red and Co, to have to fund the shortfall if the monies had not been released. Either way it is good news, and it was impressive how many local F1 fans got involved to support the race, which bodes well for the future if support needs to be mobilized on other issues facing the race.

That just leaves the rather silly law suit from three local residents to be dealt with. The basis of their suit seems to be that the Council is not authorised to sign a check for the F1 monies because the race date has not been confirmed. It seems like sour grapes from a small group of locals who are against any progress for Austin, and who would prefer to see the city return to how it was in the 1950s!  The good news is that their attorney asked for the suit to be withdrawn, although apparently it could be refiled at a later date.

Ticket Prices

Still no news on the AustinF1 race ticket prices, but I noticed that today’s British GP at Silverstone had a record attendance over the weekend, with 88,000 attending Friday practise, 105,000 watching qualifying on Saturday and 122,000 attending the race itself. Prices for race day ranged from £110 ($182) for general entry to £310 ($512) for a covered grandstand seat, and I imagine Austin prices will be in a similar range.

I did also wonder about the chances of getting the Austin race to sell-out its 120,000 tickets, given that the ever-popular British GP only achieved that level of attendance for the first time today. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway refuses to give “official” attendance figures for the US GP when it was held there, but the BBC estimated attendance at around 125,000 for the last US GP in 2007, with considerably more at the first GP at the Speedway in 2000 –  so maybe Austin will be able to make the inaugural race a sell-out.

Austin F1 Expo

Well things seem to be gathering momentum on the idea of holding an F1 Expo in Austin. I continue to get interest both internationally and from local businesses, including some potential sponsors. I will be speaking with all of these over the next couple of weeks, and if the momentum proves to be as strong as it appears then I am hopeful we can make it happen. A lot more about this in coming weeks.

2 Responses to “Law Suits, Tickets and Expo”

  1. Joe Kinard says:

    When will ticket info/ordering be available? I am a long way from Austin.
    Thanks,
    Joe Kinard

    • Ian Weightman says:

      Tickets for the race should go on sale very soon but I have not been given the exact date. I suggest signing-up on the Circuit of the Americas web-site as they will email you with a heads-up ahead of tickets going on sale.
      Ian

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