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Downtown Austin Watch Parties Take Pole Position

Is there any doubt that Austin and Central Texan Formula One race fans rock? We don't think so! In response to our fans and friends wanting to gather in downtown Austin and watch the races, we've been trying out different venues: Doc's Motorworks Bar & Grill on South Congress, Icenhauer's on Rainey Street, Fado Irish Pub near 6th Street and now, Six Lounge, also blocks away from 6th Street. Each venue has offered something different while welcoming our fans and friends a comfortable place to mingle while watching the races.

Doc's had spectacular service and great food in a motorworks theme; it was formerly a filling station, but now it houses one of the best eateries and patios on the famous South Congress Avenue. Doc's served as our first meetup spot on August 20, 2011, after the Red Bull Racing F1 Show Car filming on Congress Avenue. Most of us were still giddy with excitement after being feet away from an F1 car just moments ago, and that energy continued as we met other fans over the course of a hot Saturday afternoon! Thank goodness Doc's kept us cool with cool drinks and even cooler A/C.

Fans chat at Doc's Motorworks after the Red Bull Running F1 Show Car demonstration in Austin

Thank You - Our Fans ROCK!

A giant Texas-sized THANK YOU to everyone who responded to our Calls to Action and have been diligently writing emails and picking up the phone to share their support with City of Austin and Travis County officials these past few months.  It may seem like a small task but every single one of your actions adds up and you've made your opinion known loud and clear to city officials who now know that Formula One racing can and will take place in Austin, Texas in 2012!


Call to Action! - Support Formula 1 in Austin Zoning and Platting Commision Meeting

Loyal Formula 1 fans and Austin Grand Prix readers, we need your support for the Formula 1 United States Grand PrixTM in the next meeting with the City of Austin!  On Tuesday, November 16th, there will be a meeting for the Zoning and Platting Commission to discuss proposed changes necessary for the event.  

We need anyone and everyone to do two things to help this happen:

1. Email the Zoning and Platting Commission members at **Email address updated 11/16/10


Below is a draft email that you may use. Feel free to edit as you see fit.


Dear Zoning and Platting Commissioners: 

 As a strong advocate for bringing Formula 1 racing to Austin, Texas, I urge you to approve item #4 on the agenda for November 16, the cut and fill variance along with the slope variance for the United States Grand Prix site. City staff and the Environmental Board have recommended these two variances for the project.  And the variance requests are consistent with past requests made throughout Austin.  In addition, this project will serve as a catalyst in the City of Austin’s Desired Development Zone that has long been needed.

 Supporting these variances will bring this project a step further to becoming a reality. I am eager for the arrival of Formula 1 in Austin, Texas, and urge you to support these matters.


 Supporter of the Formula 1 United States Grand PrixTM in Austin, Texas


2. Attending the ZAP Commission meeting Tuesday, November 16 at 6:00pm.  The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street.   Please plan to arrive by 5:45 in order to sign up in favor of item #4. You may also sign up to speak in favor at this time. Garage parking tickets can be validated inside City Hall.


Politics is fun, right?  We are hoping for a big turnout and lots of supporters willing to talk about the future facilities and the positive impact felt by having this event in Austin.  Don't forget, wear your Come And Race ItTM shirt to the meeting as well and show your support to everyone!



Formula One Grand Prix Watch Parties in Austin, Texas

Our friends at Zinger Hardware are continuing their Formula One Grand Prix watch parties and would like you to join them at Cool River Cafe!  See the schedule and details below.  We've attended a few of their watch parties and can confirm Cool River Cafe is a great venue to enjoy the races and meet Formula One fans in Austin. 

Austin's Formula 1 Grand Prix Watch Parties

Hosted by

Zinger Hardware  -  John Eagle European  -  Ferrari of Austin  - F1 Mode

 "Thank you all for providing the support to make Austin's F1 Grand Prix watch parties a success.  Our new venue, Cool River Café, proves to be an excellent choice for superb sound, video and quality food.  

Please keep your 'PIT PASS' handy for the following:


10 Oct  @ 1:30 PM  FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX (Suzuka)
24 Oct  @ 1:30 PM  FORMULA 1 KOREAN GRAND PRIX (Yeongam)
07 Nov @ 1:30 PM  FORMULA 1 GRANDE PREMIO DO BRASIL 2010 (Sao Paulo)

RSVP to or by telephone 512-203-0396.  -Michael Ferweda"

Note the new menu items below.  Cool River has added these entrées to an already fantastic food selection.  These new items are exclusive for the upcoming events.  (You can still order from the already fantastic Cool River Restaurant menu.)

FORMULA ONE - Chef Features

KobeSmash Burger
Fresh ground Kobe Beef
Mixed with Bleu Cheese & Caramelized Onions
Topped with Shredded Lettuce & Tomato
Choice of Side Item

Venison Horseshoe
Tenderized Venison, breaded & deep fried.
Set open faced on Ciabatta bread
Topped with French Fries, then smothered in Cream Gravy
Choice of Side Item

Spicy Chicken Salad
Field Greens, Black Bean Salsa, Mixed Cheese, and Tortilla Strips Tossed in Southwest Buttermilk Garlic Dressing
Topped with Smoked Chicken Breast

CoolRiver Crab Cake Sandwich
Texas Blue Crab Cakes on a Hoagie Roll with Remoulade Sauce
Topped with Shredded Lettuce, Tomato & Red Onion
Choice of Side Item

Prime Rib Sandwich
10 oz. Roasted Prime Rib Steak served on Ciabatta Bread
Side of Au Jus & Creamy Horseradish
Choice of Side Item

Half Price on all bottles of wine listed under $100
Happy Hour pricing on all beer, liquor, wine
Free Billiards (with purchase)