I've said it before and I'm sure I'll say it again, in sports, what a difference a year makes. After both political and financial drama that threatened to cancel the United States Grand Prix planned for Austin, Texas, things are moving full speed ahead and the track construction is already well underway. After tickets for the race went on sale about a week ago, the event is already selling out and the race organizers are considering adding more reserved seats to meet demand. The race will be held on the Circuit of the Americas, a still-under-construction track.
As an American F1 fan, I am extremely excited to see the sport return to American soil for the first time since 2007. And to make it even better, it really does look like we will see two Formula 1 races on American solil in 2013, the Austin race and the Grand Prix of America, planned for the area of New Jersey directly across from the Manhattan skyline.
Some tickets for the United States Grand Prix went on sale to the public last week and apparently have already sold out. Three-day race weekend ticket prices range from $199 to $499 per seat. Seating areas include General Admission, Bleacher Grandstand and Premium Grandstand Seating.
Now the Austin American Statesman is reporting the Circuit of Americas organizers may just add more reserved grandstand seats before the inaugural F1 race scheduled for November 2012. The organizers are looking to add more reserved seats between Turns 9 and 10 and between Turns 11 and 12, instead of other types of seats that were planned for those areas. Since the other reserved seats sold out so quickly, the organizers can sell these new seats as soon as they decide to built them. I'm glad to see things going well and I think it does show the support Formula 1 racing has in the United States and in the Austin area as well.
The Formula 1 race will happen November 16 through November 18 and will become a yearly event. The track has also announced plans to hold an Australian V8 Supercar race and an American Le Mans Series race on the track in addition to the F1 races. There has also been talk about bringing a MotoGP motorcycle race to the track, but that has not been confirmed.
A lifetime auto racing fan, Freddy Sherman collects vintage muscle cars and attends races and rally events in the U.S. and around the world. He writes about Formula 1 and IndyCar racing and you can follow him on Twitter -@thefredsherman
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