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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Austin's F1 track to be revealed Tues. |

Austin's F1 track to be revealed Tues. |
Austin's F1 track to be revealed Tues. to stream announcement live at 10 a.m.

Updated: Monday, 26 Jul 2010, 9:19 PM CDT
Published : Monday, 26 Jul 2010, 9:19 PM CDT

Josh Hinkle
AUSTIN (KXAN) - With an official announcement on Formula 1 ’s track site in Austin expected Tuesday morning, media Web sites across the nation are on pins and needles. It has certainly been a nail-biting two months for Clark Wimberly and his fiancée, Angie Strickland.

They have been waiting for more Formula 1 information and building a Web site around what little bit is already out there. Making a major economic impact on the Austin area is an understatement when it comes to the race’s predictions. The Grand Prix event will be held in Austin between 2012 and 2021.

During that time, the event is expected to rake in anywhere from 90-200,000 people each year. That could mean an economic impact somewhere between $200-400 million. On the low end alone, that's about the same amount brought in by the Austin City Limits Festival and all the University of Texas football home games for an entire season.

"(We just want our site) to become one giant resource for people who want to get into F1,” said Wimberly. popped up a few days after the announcement in May. They hope to be the one-stop-shop,everything you ever wanted to know about Formula 1 in Austin.

Their partner writes original articles, and they scour the news. While site hits have been lower that what they would like, tomorrow could be the big game changer.

"He would not stop talking about it when he heard they were first coming here,” laughed Strickland. “I was like, 'Alright, that sounds cool.'"

"Hopefully tomorrow we'll get an exact nailed-down location,” said Wimberly.

Since KXAN first reported the story two months ago, we have worked to pinpoint the exact Formula 1 site. We already knew it would be in Travis County, on the southeast side of Austin. Then, officials narrowed it within 10 miles of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Since then, our sources say, so far, the focus has been just to the east of the airport near Elroy and McAngus Roads , north of FM 812 and east of State Highway 130.

"We're just waiting for the official whole plan to be laid out,” said Wimberly.

KXAN will stream tomorrow morning's announcement live on our Web site. Just log onto our main page at and look for the blue banner at the top. We will have that F1 track location first, just after 10 a.m.
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