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Mario Andretti inaugurates Circuit of the Americas

by Arun Mohan Nadar Posted on October 25, 2012 17:47 IST 406 Views

Racing legend Mario Andretti innaugrates the new Circuit of Americas race track where the 2012 United States Grand Prix will be held


Mario Andretti on his
title wining 1978 F1 car Lotus 79




The all-new Circuit of the Americas at Austin Texas was officially opened by 1978 F1 champion Mario Andretti. With this, Formula one returns to the United States, where the last F1 race was held in 2007 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Andretti cut a special ribbon of chequered flags and completed a lap on the freshly laid tarmac in his title-winning car Lotus 79. The event was presented by Formula One tyre supplier Pirelli. Also see: Circuit of The Americas Facility Inspection video


Andretti said, "It's very green, as you could expect. You get offline a bit - it's a bit slippery. But that's normal for a new circuit. Overall, my impression is absolutely fantastic." Lotus reserve driver Jerome D’Ambrosio was the first to drive around the 5.516km track in the team’s 2010 machine. He said, “It’s a very enjoyable layout with a couple of good opportunities for overtaking, some long, fast, sweeping ‘S’ bends and a few really satisfying, high-speed changes of direction similar to the ‘Becketts’ complex at Silverstone. The first corner is also quite special and it will be interesting to see it when people are dicing for position in the race. It’s an enjoyable layout for a racing driver and also fantastic for the fans as the viewing areas are very well placed to catch all the action; of which there should be plenty!”


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