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Formula One Coming to Austin
Touring motor sport announces 10-year deal
DAILY Sports  May 25, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...Massive news for motor sports fans: Formula One has announced that it has signed a deal to resurrect the United States Grand Prix, with Austin serving as the host city for 10 years...."

Westboro Baptists Hate Formula One
God's least favorite homophobes to picket Circuit of the Americas
DAILY Sports  November 13, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Ever wanted a chance to catch professional homophobes and veteran funeral disruptors the Westboro Baptist Church in action? Headed to the Formula One race at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend? Guess what! You can do both. Yup, the Westboro hate machine is rolling into Austin this weekend...."

Finances of Formula One
Postmarks  October 31, 2014
"...Dear Editor: I am writing regarding “Public Notice: Maybe It's Time for Formula Two” [News, Oct. 31], the excellent exposé by Nick Barbaro and the finances of Formula One and whether Austin has made any money to offset the $29 million it "ponied up" to bring Formula One to Austin..."

A Beginner's Guide to Formula One
Debunking myths in a crash course to race weekend
Features Story  November 16, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...We've been bracing for this for years now, folks. You've followed all the twists and turns of the tale so far (see here if you need a refresher), and Formula One is finally in our midst...."

The Birth of Formula One – Austin
Some welcome the new offspring, and some don't, but the high-speed newcomer is at the starting gate
News Story  November 16, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Two and a half years ago, Austinites heard for the first time that their city would be hosting the first United States Formula One Grand Prix in half a decade. Frankly, most locals had no idea what that meant, and even now, on the eve of the race, many Austinites are still trying to work it out..."

Formula One Wart Counting
Postmarks  November 22, 2011
"...Dear Editor, If there is a God, he or she must surely be the driving force in the recent eruption of trouble for the squalid attempt to build a Formula One racing facility in Austin. A feud between the principal players in the project has led to a stoppage of construction at the track and cast the entire enterprise into a divine state of doubt. What's wrong with Formula One for Austin? Let us count the warts..."

The Night Before Formula One
November 15, 2012. 14 Photos
PHOTO GALLERY  November 16, 2012
"...Testing the smoke and lights on one of the downtown stages for Austin Fan Fest. While many Austinites are avoiding the race, the organizers suspect they'll come out for the party...."

Formula One Deal on the Bubble
What do council members have to say about the F1 deal?
News Story  June 24, 2011, by Michael King
"...Late last week, it appeared the proposed Formula One racetrack deal with the city had turned its tightest corner – who would commit the $4 million in up-front money that would trigger the $25 million from the state's Major Events Trust Fund? On Thursday, Council Member Bill Spelman told the Chronicle that the local organizing commit­tee (acting on behalf of race promoters Full Throttle Productions) had agreed to provide or guarantee the annual $4 million for the full 10 years of the proposed contract – an arrangement later confirmed by Mayor Lee Leffingwell. Both officials emphasized that the agreement had not yet been prepared in contract form, and there were many additional questions to be answered before council could vote on the proposal (scheduled for this Thursday, June 23), but that in their judgment the primary obstacle to a deal had been removed..."

Formula One for All
F1 announces a little something for everyone
News Story  April 15, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...The Austin Formula One facility has a new name and a new tenant. On April 12, Formula One United States Grand Prix announced that the south­east Travis County site will be called the Circuit of the Americas, or COTA for short..."

All Rolled Up in Formula One
F1 backers receive a key vote from City Council
News Story  November 26, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...Austin's Formula One project has passed its first big planning vote, with council voting unanimously to reimburse the developers for laying water and wastewater pipe in the area. However, the vote was predicated less on the track project itself than on getting water into southeast Travis County...."

Formula One Moves on to Step Two
Formula One reveals location, money man
News Story  July 30, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...Grand Prix in Austin penciled in for June 2012, Austinites already knew the when – now they know the where and the who. On July 27, Full Throttle Productions formally announced that the new dedicated Formula One track will be built in Southeast Austin and introduced its big backer – Billy Joe "Red" McCombs...."

When Angry, Count to Formula One
Council approves water service for residential property that could become site for F1
News Story  August 13, 2010, by Wells Dunbar
"...Formula One raced into City Council chambers in an unexpected way last week, with a council member making the rare step of reconsidering an item after its passage, over fears the city unwittingly locked itself into a water/wastewater agreement with the racing giant...."

Formula One: Last Gasp
Postmarks  May 26, 2010
"...Dear Mayor, Council Members, and City Manager, Before the city of Austin proceeds with the Formula One plan, will there be a study conducted to estimate the expected carbon footprint and environmental impact of both the construction of the racetrack as well as the annual race event? [“Formula One Coming to Austin,” The Score Sports blog, May 25.] It would seem at this stage in our development as a species that a projected carbon footprint and environmental impact study should be required before any major capital project. With the announcement of the F1 racetrack in the foreground, the oil spill continuing to destroy the Gulf of Mexico and its environs looms large in the background. The two are not unrelated. The recreational use of oil byproducts is a 20th century luxury that we can no longer afford..."

Austin Formula One Races the Clock
Construction moves at a clip at F1 track
News Story  August 3, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Will the Circuit of the Americas be finished in time for Austin's first Formula One race? During a site visit on July 27, the project team explained the current state of construction. The track (shown here as it rises up to Turn 1) is still being laid, with the final layer of pavement expected Aug..."

Formula One on the Brink?
Work stopped while F1 factions feud
News Story  November 18, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...Austin's inaugural Formula One race – officially scheduled to take place next fall – may be in peril, as construction on the new Circuit of the Americas track near Elroy has been suspended. Sources close to the matter say that the planning has become a game of brinkmanship between the two firms at the heart of the project...."

Concerns About Formula One
Postmarks  July 19, 2010
"...Dear Editor, I appreciate the Chronicle including my letter [“Postmarks,” July 16] detailing how Texas taxpayers might well be on the hook for Formula One’s $25 million “sanctioning fee.” I also appreciate Richard Whittaker’s printed reply that this issue only merited coverage in a sidebar to his main story [“Austin at Very High Speed,” News, July 9]. Yet there’s another matter that got no coverage: According to the June 11 Statesman online edition, Gov..."

Formula One Back in Play
Austin race regains traction but questions remain
News Story  December 9, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...In a last-minute deal between the Circuit of the Americas and Formula One, Austin's 2012 grand prix has been saved. At the same time, even with checks mailed and developers firing up the bulldozers to complete the track, there are still a whole bunch of unanswered questions...."

Why Should Taxpayers Subsidize Formula One?
Postmarks  June 27, 2011
"...Dear Editor, Why does Formula One racing need to be subsidized by taxpayers? The idea is perverse. Elected representatives have a fiduciary responsibility to invest taxpayer funds prudently. Building schools, hiring teachers, and repairing roads are examples of where tax dollars should be invested..."

Formula One in the U.S.
A timeline of F1's tracks across America
News Story  July 9, 2010
"...The U.S. has hosted Formula One races 51 times over 52 years in the sport's 60-year existence, including a 20-year run at Watkins Glen International and eight years each in Long Beach and Indiana­pol­is..."

Formula One
Sports Story  October 22, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Remember 2012? It seems predictions that Formula One racing would lead to tourist overload and trafficpocalypse in Austin were greatly exaggerated. Instead, in 2015 the U.S..."

What's New in Downtown Austin for Formula One 2013?
New restaurants, cocktails, renovations, menus to check out
DAILY Food  November 15, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Be sure to drop by the W Hotel (200 Lavaca) to order the COTA Flame cocktail they've created in honor of the Formula One event, in hopes that it becomes the signature drink of the race...."

Hotel's Outrageous Formula One Rates
Postmarks  July 31, 2012
"...Dear Editor, I am writing to express my disappointment, almost outrage, at the rates I find that Austin area property and hotel owners are seeing fit to charge during the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix weekend in November..."

Formula One Is Just Not Green
Postmarks  January 16, 2012
"...Dear Editor, It is laudable that efforts are being made to green the Formula One project, but the sad truth is that F1 cannot ever be very green as long as the water management strategy being forced upon it by the city of Austin remains very, very un-green. This sort of event-driven venue is perfect for distributed reuse..."

Formula One
Sports Story  November 15, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Sometimes, you just get to see a natural step up. In Formula One, it's Sebastian Vettel, the four-time world champion..."

Formula One: Day Zero
November 15, 2012. 11 Photos
PHOTO GALLERY  November 15, 2012
"...Lotus F1 Team lends one of their cars to the celebrations at Austin City Hall for the city's inaugural United States Grand Prix. The British-based team fought a long legal battle to bring the classic black-and-gold livery back to the starting grid...."

COTA Building Towards Formula One
Construction update at the Circuit of the Americas
DAILY Sports  July 28, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...The track was then filled in with aggregates selected by track designers Tilke GmbH, and is now being surfaced in sections. The top layer must be laid in one pass, and that will require two trucks, side by side, laying asphalt continuously around the 3.4 mile track, and a third for the broad passing points at the corner...."

Formula One
Sports Story  October 30, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...F1 cars have always pushed the technological envelope, but this year, you can hear the difference. Gone is the signature "jam jar full of angry hornets" shriek of the old eight-cylinder 2.3 liter engine, replaced with the trilling purr of the newly mandated six-cylinder 1.6 liter..."

Formula 1 Brings the Speed and the Hits
Hamilton hopes to win it all, Spears and Mars look to get you dancing
DAILY Chron Events  October 17, 2018, by Abdul Samad Oza
"...According to Hamilton himself, he is confident and can’t wait to “Unleash [the] beast” in Austin. Robert Doornbos, former Formula One contestant, states Vettel has fallen 67 points behind Hamilton due to his constant blunders on the race track..."

A Greener Formula
F1 racing introducing biofuels, hybrid engines
DAILY Sports  December 10, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...Big news for Formula One and its environmental impact: As of 2012, teams can use biomass-derived fuels, but the big change comes in 2013 with the introduction of hybrid engines...."

Formula Stun
My Yacht Club returns to Austin
DAILY Food  November 13, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...Since the Formula One U.S.Grand Prix rolled into town, much chatter has been devoted to trying to prove that the weekend is not just for the one percent. Sure, the town's fine dining establishments will be packed with enough Mikimoto to confuse St..."

Formula 51
There's much debate going on regarding which is the worst of the current cinematic train wrecks: Guy Ritchie's remake of Swept Away or this Guy Ritchie knockoff directed by Ronny...

Film Review  October 25, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"...There's much debate going on regarding which is the worst of the current cinematic train wrecks: Guy Ritchie's remake of Swept Away or this Guy Ritchie knockoff directed by Ronny Yu. The smart money's on Yu; at the very least Ritchie's film (which has yet to play Austin) has the rock-solid acting chops of his wife, Madonna..."

Formula Expo
Find out what this Formula One thing is all about
Sports Story  June 15, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Grand Prix scheduled for Nov. 18, there are still a lot of folks wondering – what is a Formula One anyway? Formula Expo president Ian Weightman said, "Formula One has never worked particularly well in the U.S., in large part because people don't understand what's so cool about it." The author of, he's turned his obsession with F1 into a full-fledged preview/intro to the globe-trotting motor sport before it gets to Austin..."

Public Notice: Maybe It's Time for Formula Two
Might Bobby Epstein and COTA be starting an F1 reform movement?
News Column  October 30, 2014, by Nick Barbaro
"...Interesting series in The Guardian this week from reporter Paul Weaver, in town from England to cover the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix..."

Formula Farrera
Formula One cranks up sustainability engine
News Story  January 13, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Can a Formula One race ever be truly green? For sustainable building expert Edgar Farrera, there is no other option. On Jan..."

Getting the Formula Just Right
Austin's Formula One track faces engineering hurdles
News Story  August 6, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...It's been little more than two months since the surprise announcement that Austin might be home to the revamped United States Grand Prix. Now that the shock of the news has died down, project developer Full Throttle Productions LP faces a massive engineering and permitting challenge: turning 900 acres of Travis County into the United States' first-ever permanent dedicated Formula One racing facility in time for the 2012 season...."

Danger One
Less Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, more shrug shrug, meh meh
Film Review  September 14, 2018, by Matthew Monagle
"...If recent headlines have soured you on watching a Shane Black movie this weekend, then I’ve got … well, maybe not good news, but news nonetheless. Danger One, an action-comedy from Steffen Schlachtenhaufen (writer of pitch-black comedy Would You Rather), hits theatres this weekend, and it is every bit the Black imitation that the trailer suggests, only with a less talented cast, worse writing, and the strangest ADR choices you’ll find at the theatre this year...."

Community Chest and Chance Rolled Into One
The Applicants
Arts Story  May 27, 1999
"...Fehrman has played the city funding game from both sides of the board: serving three years on the Mixed Arts panel and applying for money for her company Stillpoint Dance for four years. She takes a levelheaded approach to the process since she understands that although an artist inevitably takes the scoring and allocation personally, most panelists do not see the process as personal..."

Wynning Formula?
Freshman council member Will Wynn allies himself with Watson's majority faction.
News Story  September 29, 2000, by Kevin Fullerton
"...He ran for City Council believing he knew how to build a better city, one his children wouldn't flee when they graduated high school. So it's not hard to guess where his attention will fall for the rest of his first term: He'll be peering over architects' shoulders on projects like the Triangle development, and, should the Nov..."

One Big, Happy Family
Local TV News: There to Help You
News Column  July 5, 1996, by Chris Walters
"..."Have you heard the news?" he said with a grin, "The Vice-President's gone mad!"..."

How Do You Formulate a Grand Prix?
The race to nail down an F1 deal involves multiple entities
News Story  November 19, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...Five months ago, Austinites heard the surprising announcement that Formula One motor racing is coming to town. With the first major council vote scheduled for Nov..."

Austin at Very High Speed
The who, what, where, when, and why of Formula One racing
News Story  July 9, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...The sound of a Formula One car is like hornets – if the hornets were flying at 225 miles per hour. Yet the May 25 announcement that Austin will become the new U.S..."

F1: It's On
Circuit of the Americas confirmed for 2012 Grand Prix season
DAILY News  December 7, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...As we suspected, and as our sources were telling us last night, an eleventh hour deal has been struck between Austin's Circuit of the Americas and Formula One Management: Austin will host the 2012 United States Grand Prix after all...."

High-Speed Facts
FAQs about the sport
News Story  July 9, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...What is Formula One? Is it like NASCAR? Nope. Unlike the favorite U.S..."

Green or Greenwash?
COTA agrees to "sustainability" at F1, but is it the real deal?
News Story  November 16, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...His job is to make sure the Circuit complies with the deal, but he says his personal commitment is to exceed its terms. One source close to the project said it's sometimes been difficult to hear Farrera's voice over the maelstrom of construction and deadlines..."

Point Austin: Grackle Eaten Here
There's a bitter taste accompanying any Formula One deal – good or bad
News Column  June 17, 2011, by Michael King
"...A few weeks ago, I promised my boss Nick Bar­baro that I would cheerfully eat crow if what I had written (see "Point Austin: Race-Off," May 6) about Austin's pending Formula One deal – essentially, that as I understood it, the deal would not qualify as a city subsidy of the Grand Prix race – was proven wrong. The test was to be whether, in the following weeks, F1 attorney (and Barbaro's bête noire) Richard Suttle would come to City Council and request $4 million to help support the first 2012 event (and potentially also contract for similar support for 10 years)...."

HKS Behind the F1 Wheel
Cowboys Stadium architects hired for Austin circuit's fan areas
DAILY News  November 22, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...Formula One United States already had leading track designers Tilke GmbH on board to design the racing part of their grand prix circuit. Now they've selected the Dallas office of HKS Inc., the international firm behind Dallas' opulent Cowboys Stadium, as the building architects...."

Hellmund's Revenge
The man that brought F1 to Austin now behind Mexican Grand Prix
DAILY News  August 27, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Not all economic migrants are heading north over the border: Tavo Hellmund, the man that brought Formula One motor racing to Austin, and was the driving visionary behind Austin's Circuit of the Americas, is part of a consortium that has returned F1 to Mexico City...."

Tracking Shots
New Formula One documentary '1' world premieres at the Paramount
Screens Story  November 16, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Formula One was lethal. Between 1952 and 1994, 32 drivers died in the world championship hunt, and another six during testing..."

TDH: 6/21/11
F1, pedicabs, Fun Fun Fun Fest & Willie close out council
DAILY News  June 21, 2011, by Wells Dunbar
"...With this Thursday being City Council's final meeting until the end of July, you know it's gonna be a doozy. The 139 item agenda for this week's meeting, the final one with Randi Shade on the dais, contains action on Formula One, pedicab regulation, the return of Willie's statue, controversial development issues, and Fun Fun Fun Fest, naturally...."

Suttle as a Kick in the Head
Formula One development deal well worth more scrutiny
Columns  November 19, 2010, by Nick Barbaro
"...Better count your chickens, Austinites, because Richard Suttle is loose in the henhouse again. Everyone's favorite developers' attorney is at City Council today (Nov..."

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