Originally Posted by lib
Yes. There is. You have to remember that no one who lives in Austin actually grew up in TX.
Yes. I know, I know. It's Texas. I used to share your thoughts on Texas.
I grew up in NY. I've lived on both coasts. I used to swear I would never permanently move out of the North East. I was extremely skeptical about moving to Austin. In the end I learned none of what I was told about Texas actually applied to Austin. I was simply ignorant about the area and so are you.
Now, if they had chosen any other part of Texas...
Everyone agrees that NY & LA would have made sense. The problem is neither of those cities are able to do what needs to be done to get F1.
3 of the top 10 largest cities in the US and >22 million people are within 180 miles of Austin.
It's certainly no NY, but if we're honest neither is anywhere else in the world.
I understand your point completely about Austin not really being as "Texas" as other parts of the state but the most successful tracks are those that are in destination cities. Austin just isn't that. Europeans want
to come to NY or LA while they poke fun at Texas (mostly because of Bush). It just doesn't make sense to me but that's just my opinion. I know Austin is cool but I just don't think it will be nearly as successful as it could have been in NY/LA.