Posted on November 14, 2012 at 6:23 PM
Wednesday, Nov 14 at 6:41 PM
ELROY, Texas --- It was the last dash to the finish line at the Circuit of the Americas track out in Elroy for Formula 1 Wednesday.
While access was somewhat limited to journalists, there was an opportunity to view some facilities like the paddock area behind the grand stands and a huge media center capable of housing more than 400 journalists from all over the world simultaneously.
“This track is amazing," said Luis Aguirre, a journalist with a Mexican newspaper. "I've been in Abu Dhabi. I think Abu Dhabi is the most impressive track where I've ever been, but this track is amazing. It's one of the best in the world for sure.”
“Absolutely great. A little bit of trouble finding how to get here. The sign posting is not that great,” said another journalist, Crispin Thurston with Reuters.
Journalists picked up media credentials allowing access to restricted areas on race day.
“The facilities are very modern, are huge. I think when you go to Europe there are very classy tracks, but very old,” added Aguirre.
On Thursday COTA organizers told KVUE that six F1 drivers will hold a news conference to talk about the anticipation of racing on the first American F1 track in years.