Scheduled tour one of many leading up to the November 2012 Formula One Grand Prix in the United States of America.
Circuit of the Americas announced today that FIA Formula One Race Director Charlie Whiting visited its soon to be completed sports and entertainment complex in south-east Travis County and gave the company high marks for progress made on the purpose built Grand Prix facility and its 3.4 mile racing circuit.
Whiting heads the Formula 1 Technical Department and manages the logistics of each Formula 1 Grand Prix. His responsibilities include inspecting Formula 1 host sites and race cars to ensure they comply with FIA rules, monitoring and enforcing safety issues important to the sport, and serving as the official starter of each race.
Whiting’s visit comes on the heels of the Grand Prix du Canada in Montreal on June 10, the first of two stops the Formula 1 series will make in North America this year, with Austin’s race weekend set for November 16-18.
Charlie Whiting “It is clear that the significant resources Circuit of the Americas has committed to completing this facility on time and to FIA specifications is making a difference. The more than 500 construction workers on site daily are making great progress, and I plan to return to Austin at the end of August for an update.
"My formal pre-race inspection is set for September 25, which is 60 days before the scheduled start of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix. From the world-class motorsports facilities and fan areas to the racecourse itself, which promises to be one of the most challenging new additions to our season, I believe Circuit of the Americas has the ability to put on a great show and spectacular Grand Prix in its inaugural year. I look forward to my next visit in August.”
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