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Circuit Of The Americas Track Finished, But Other Preparations For F1 Race Continue

The main grandstand and media center are scheduled to be finished by Monday
One month before the inaugural F1 race at the Circuit of the Americas, there is “still plenty of work to be done before the F1 circus arrives for the Nov. 18 race that could attract as many as 120,000 fans,” according to John Maher of the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN. COTA Project Manager Braedon Box yesterday said, “Everything track-related is done. We could have a race right now. Everything else isn’t done.” The 3.4-mile track "had its final coat of asphalt applied last month." Maher notes one of the “biggest projects still unfinished is a three-lane extension of Kellam Road, which is still not paved.” Box said that the “pit area and the medical and maintenance buildings are essentially completed.” The team garages “will be finished by the individual teams, which will paint and partition them.” The main grandstand and media center “are scheduled to be completed” by Monday. Concession stands are “likely to be completed in a few days.” One “big change in the next few weeks” will be landscaping for the track (AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 10/18). The $400M track was the subject of a feature in the current issue of SportsBusiness Journal.
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