Crowds, parking grow for day 2 of F1


by MELISSA MAHADEO / KVUE News with photojournalist DEREK RASOR

Posted on November 18, 2012 at 12:03 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 18 at 1:39 PM

ELROY, Texas -- This weekend, the traffic in Elroy could be seen everywhere you looked.

Cars parked on the side of the road, in yards and even in fields. It became more of a game, parking almost anywhere you fit. But every spot came with a price.

The closer to the track, the higher the price. But those we spoke with didn't mind paying.

"I had heard horror stories that it would be a nightmare to get in," Chris Lawson said.

Lawson just flew in for the race from Alaska and parked almost a mile outside the track.

"So this isn't as bad. I am willing to take a mile walk up to the track to get in," he said.

Those we spoke with said the distance wasn't the problem. The one major complaint they had was the lack of sidewalks or shoulders on the roads. They said it was dangerous since they had to walk next to the road in order to get to the track.

"You feel a little bit unsafe walking through," Arturo Montiel said.

Montiel and his son are from Mexico City. They said other than a need for sidewalks, the track and the surrounding area did a great job getting ready for the race. He said they intend to keep visiting Texas in the future.

"We are on the map now. I think Elroy is on the map and the city is on the map," one resident said.