Fan Fest brings F1 enthusiats, novices together on race day


by JIM BERGAMO / KVUE News & Photojournalist Derek Rasor

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Posted on November 18, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 19 at 8:10 AM

AUSTIN --The Wallflowers, Ghostland Observatory and Fitz and the Tantrums were just some of the headline musical acts that helped closed down Fan Fest Sunday night.

You could say that Austin's inaugural F1 weekend ended like it began -- with plenty of live music for visitors and locals to enjoy.

Bob Schneider's opening lyrics on the Bud Light stage referenced coming to Austin for the weekend -- addressing many of the national and international travelers and even locals who capped off Austin's first F1 race and Fan Fest with live music.

"It is Texas music and I love it," said Victoria DeJesus, a Plugerville resident.  "It's what keeps me here."

"We live here," said Sam Hackworth, an Austin resident.  "We love Bob Schneider.  What better could it be?"

On some of the stages music sets were scheduled well past midnight.  However, for two hours Sunday afternoon the music to every F1 fan's ears was the sound of Formula 1 cars racing around the COTA track.

"I grew up in Laguna, California," said Rene DeLafuente, a Killeen resident.  "My whole family is into racing.  It's all about F1 and everything else too.  We had to watch -- first time in Austin - come one we had to go."

If you couldn't be at the track, the next best place may have been the Bud Light stage.  There F1 enthusiasts and novices got to watch the race run it's course on the Jumbotron.

"Much better than hanging out in a bar and watching it," said Joe Hensel, an Austin resident.  "You get everyone around here from all over the world - just see the excitement -- and you can't get a screen much bigger than that."

"I've been a Formula 1 fan all of my life," said Maria Radarte, an Austin resident.  "When Formula 1 came to Austin it's fantastic."

Some had the perfect plan to mix, mingle and still not miss any of the announcer's descriptions of the race.

"We've also got it on DVR at home," said Dale Parvey, an Austin resident.  "We're going to watch it again tonight, but we wanted to out and amongst it with everybody out here in downtown Austin."

Remember a few roads downtown will still be closed until 6:00 AM Monday.

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