Downtown shuttles transport fans to COTA

AUSTIN -- Hours before the U.S. Grand Prix started on Sunday, the journey began in downtown Austin with shuttle buses lining Trinity Street in front of theAustin ConventionCenter.

[We're] staying in the north part of town, in a hotel, said Stephen Harvey, who was attending the race fromLos Angeles. We got the metro into here, a couple blocks up, and [we're] taking the shuttle to the track.

A visitor from Scotland praised the efficiency of the Formula One shuttles.

We've taken the shuttle buses both days,Friday andSaturday, said Alexander Green. Fantastic organization compared to European races.

It only costs $5 to ride the shuttles to theCircuit of theAmericas track, but one race fan said the biggest inconvenience was having to walk when they got there.

So far, so good, said Peter Capozzoli from Boston. The only thing is, it's a long walk from the track when they drop you off from the buses. They could do a little better there.

The distance from the downtown shuttle pickup to the track in Elroy was 13 miles. The passengers shared a love for racing but differed on their favorite drivers.

Anyone but Vettel, Green said. I think everyone is bored of Vettel winning all the time.

Harvey disagreed, saying he wanted Vettel to win.

Ifollowed him since the beginning, he said.

It's the sound of the cars and the people involved, Capozzoli said. I just love to watch it and listen to it.


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