Loud, electric sounds fill COTA for Formula 1 practice


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist SCOTT MCKENNEY

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Posted on November 16, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 16 at 7:21 PM

ELROY, Texas -- It was pretty loud out at the Circuit of the Americas track in Elroy Friday. That’s because the first practices for drivers took place on the brand new track, which drivers KVUE talked to found challenging but fun.

“It's just a high elevation, but it's nice. It's different. It's great, but you don't notice it that much when you're in a race car,” said Nico Roseberg, an F1 driver in 8th place.
“I know the ownership is very happy. The teams are very happy. They're tired, but I mean it's just fantastic to see the cars on the track, so it was great,” said Circuit of the Americas President Steve Sexton.
There was a bit of slipping and sliding for some drivers because the track is new, but not to fret said one of the most successful race drivers in history.
“The surface is a bit slippery, but it will rubber in, but again, it's equal for everybody,” said racing legend Mario Andretti.
Up the hill from the Circuit of the Americas, at least one Elroy resident says the sounds coming from the track are monetary music to her ears.

"The most important thing is that this is going to inject a lot of capital into the city, into the neighborhood, and I hope that everybody will be happy and support this event," Rosa Santes said.
The qualifying sessions took place Friday at the COTA track. The race is Sunday afternoon.