If you’ve been following our posts on the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin Texas and F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone’s comment regarding the current situation with ownership, then you may find this rebuttal an interesting addition tot eh equation.
Steve Cahn posted a further comment from the commercial right’s boss, Eccelstone, regarding the situation with ownership of COTA and suggested there were some struggles internally. We’ve been slightly confused at the lack of a rebuttal from COTA until today.
According to Steve Sexton, president, Circuit of The Americas:
“Our funding is secured and construction is on schedule, so we don’t understand Mr. Ecclestone’s comments. He has expressed great interest in the Austin race and in expanding the F1 brand into the United States. There is no question that if he wants the USGP race to happen here in 2012, it certainly will.
A project of this magnitude has its challenges and we have had ours, but the City, the County, our state officials, our employees and construction workers, and our community supporters are all counting on Circuit of The Americas to happen.”
Does this statement put to rest some of your concerns? Nothing wrong with the statement but I think it could have gone a little deeper in addressing the direct commentary of Ecclestone. This comment, while meaningful, impacting and pointed toward resolution and commitment; is missing a key element…namely, the organizational discourse that Ecclestone suggested is present with ownership.
Suffice to say, I am glad to see COTA finally address the situation and offer a statement even though it may not be as far-reaching as I think it should have been.