|Thursday, March 03, 2011 8:09AM
American racing driver Alexander Rossi was 'truly impressed and motivated' after visiting the grand prix circuit site in Austin, Texas this week where he met with Bruce Knox, President and CEO of Formula 1 United States, and Tavo Hellmund, its promoter.
Alexander, who will be driving for Fortec Motorsports in World Series by Renault (Formula Renault 3.5 Series) this season, and his father Pieter Rossi of Team Rossi Motorsports, were invited by Tavo Hellmund and Bruce Knox to visit the initial work that has commenced for the latest racetrack to be built for the 2012 Formula 1 World Championship.
The natural landscape and elevation of Austin's unique typography has allowed renown circuit designer Hermann Tilke to create a 3.4 mile racetrack which combines modern features with details reminiscent of traditional races from the 1960's. The surrounding landscape will allow for a maximum elevation change of 133 feet, and the strategic combination of over 20 turns - which should please drivers and fans alike.
"My visit to Austin affirmed the belief that this is the right location to host a Formula 1 return to the States,"Alexander commented." Tavo, Bruce, site workers and everyone I was able to meet this past week are extremely motivated and enthusiastic about the project. There is a buzz and energy that resonates within everyone I came in contact with in Austin. Everyone is aware that a major race and big event is coming to town. It's obvious by the professionalism at Formula 1 United States, that this event will take place in 2012. I'll be working hard to earn the opportunity to represent America, lining up on the F1 grid for 2012. For now my focus is 2011 and World Series by Renault with Fortec Motorsports."
"It was a great pleasure to meet with Alexander and to show him what we are going to achieve here. It is important for our home-grown talent to see what we envision for the USGP ," said Bruce Knox. "I have followed Alexander's career and it would be fantastic for both F1 and American racing to see him in an F1 car at the inaugural Formula 1 United States Grand Prix. We will be cheering him on at the Formula Renault Championship this year and hope to see him here in 2012."
For further information regarding the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix please contact; Ali Putnam, Communications Director - (512) 301-6600
For Alexander Rossi Management contact; Team Rossi Motorsports, LLC -(530)-477-3404