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[VIDEO] Bob Bondurant Tests the F1 Track in Austin with his Corvette Grand Sport

by Mitch Talley on August 14, 2012

[VIDEO] Bob Bondurant Tests the F1 Track in Austin with his Corvette Grand Sport

Racing legend Bob Bondurant gets a sneak peek, in this minute-long video from the Austin American-Statesman, at the Circuit of the Americas track under construction near Austin.

“Look at the elevation changes right now,” Bondurant comments as he makes a reconnaissance lap of the 3.4-mile circuit track. “This is gonna be so cool.”

And cool it is, the exhaust of the yellow Bondurant Corvette roaring beautifully as Bob races past bulldozers and other signs of construction during the video.

The track, a multi-purpose facility designed to host the most prestigious racing events in the world, will be the site of the U.S. Grand Prix on Nov. 16.

Circuit of the Americas is the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States. It’ll hold 120,000 fans and is built around an elevation change of 133 feet, which explains Bondurant’s first comment.

The facility is designed for any and all classes of racing – from motor power to human power – and is housed on 1,000 acres with downtown Austin as a view.

Circuit of the Americas is far more than a racetrack, though. It’s a world-class performance, education, and business center that will feature racing-focused amenities including a private Motorsports Driving Club and a Karting Track; public spaces for private events, seminars and conventions; visitor attractions that include an expansive live entertainment space, retail center and museum; a center with research facilities and robust services and amenities to power a broad range of business, technology and education allies; a 40,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Conference/Media Center; a 5,500-square-foot medical center, offering paramedic services and EMS & medical student training; area for law enforcement vehicle training; fire and rescue training areas; driving academies; and educational programs.

Since the 79-year-old Bondurant is the owner of the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, we wonder if his school will soon be offered at this state-of-the-art Texas track?

Want to drive fast like Bob Bondurant? Check out schedule of classes available at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving.


Source:
Austin American-Statesman via Jalopnik

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