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HKS Joins Epic Team Assembled for the Development of F1 United States Grand Prix™ Venue; Austin and Texas-based Companies Part of Team with Integral Roles to Build World-Class Facility


Austin, Texas (November 22, 2010) — Formula 1 United States™ developers announced today that Dallas-based HKS, Inc., a leading global architectural design firm and the premier architects of American modern sporting facilities, and Germany-based Tilke Engineers & Architects, the world’s leading designer for racetrack and test facilities, will lead the local and international team assembled for the construction of the world-class, multipurpose facility in Austin, TX, that will be home to the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™.


Drawing from their collective experience and passion for sports around the world, HKS Sports & Entertainment Group − with more than 50 years of experience designing state-of-the-art sports venues − and Tilke Engineers & Architects − with more than 25 years of experience building modern-day racetracks − are part of a dynamic team that will construct the future home of the United States’ first purpose-built Formula 1 racetrack. Slated to host its first event in 2012, this much-anticipated Grand Prix facility will provide a fully-integrated architectural and entertainment experience for both event participants and visitors.


“The HKS Sports and Entertainment Group is extremely energized about our role in bringing the Formula 1 United States venue to life,” said Mark Williams, principal with HKS. “We are honored to work with Tilke, a global leader in racetrack construction, and the entire Formula 1 United States team. Our design expertise, coupled with this world entity, will result in a destination environment that will elevate the face of Formula 1 United States on a global scale and further enhance one of America’s great cities.”


HKS is recognized as a world leader in the design and architecture of sports facilities and their global project experience includes Estadio Maracana − Rio de Janeiro, Acapulco's Mextenis, Torreon Mexico's Estadio Corona, the English Premier League's Liverpool Football Stadium and a plethora of United States football, baseball, soccer and collegiate facilities. In addition to their global architecture expertise, HKS has partnered with Dallas/Fort Worth’s professional teams including the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Stars, Dallas Mavericks and Texas Rangers.



In addition, HKS is credited for the design and architecture of other professional sports team venues, including the Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers. HKS is committed to not only creating a world-class venue for sporting events, but also creating a facility that is a destination experience for visitors and enhances the overall brand.


“HKS’ leadership in the design and construction of Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas — the largest and most technologically advanced NFL stadium in the world — is a testament to the level of skill, experience and attention to detail they will bring to this facility,” stated Tavo Hellmund, chairman of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix.


As a global leader in the construction of modern-day tracks, Tilke is credited for raising the bar in motorsports design with numerous track construction projects, including Bahrain International Circuit, Korean International Circuit, Sepang International Circuit, Shanghai International Circuit, Istanbul Park and YAS Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Combining Tilke’s experience in architecture and engineering, the Austin-based, modern-era Grand Prix track is sure to be an exhilarating experience for both drivers and spectators alike.


“Never before has a cast been assembled in motorsports history that has the combined wealth of experience and knowledge that HKS and Tilke bring to this project,” said Hellmund. “Having industry leaders in sports facility architecture and design raises the bar for future motorsports facilities in this country and around the world. We are pleased that a collaboration of this caliber will take place in Texas.”


Several other Austin and Texas-based companies – Rocket Red, 3 Point Partners, Walter P. Moore, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Miro Rivera Architects, Carlson Brigance & Doering, Inc., Terracon Consultants, Inc., Horizon Environmental Services, Inc., Michael E. James and Associates, Inc., Armbrust & Brown, Kaminski Interests, Inc., MBC Consultants, Inc. and Haynes-Eaglin-Waters − have been retained to work on the Formula 1 United States project and each play an essential role in the completion of this facility.


In addition to the 3.4-mile circuit that combines 133 feet of elevation change and 20 turns, the Austin facility will include additional visitor attractions such as a driving/riding experience and seminar/banquet building, motorsports driving club, kart track and a large multipurpose fan engagement area.




About HKS, Inc.

The HKS Sports & Entertainment Group, ranked as one of the top sports and entertainment designers by BD World Architecture, has ushered in a new generation of multi-revenue-generating, world-class facilities. The group’s portfolio includes Metrodome Next Venue, Liverpool FC Stadium, Cowboys Stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium, Miller Park and major renovations and additions for U.S. Cellular Field and Dodger Stadium. These venues are known for enhancing and leveraging team brand, delivering an enhanced fan experience and serving as destination environments. HKS is ranked among the top-four architectural/engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine, and operates from 23 U.S. and worldwide offices.


About Tilke Engineers and Architects

Tilke Engineers & Architects, originally established in 1983, are recognized as the world leading designers for racetrack and test facilities. Tilke aims to design state-of-the-art race track facilities by fulfilling their client’s needs and the permanently changing requirements on track-layout and safety. The company provides a large interdisciplinary skilled team of engineers and architects with offices in Germany, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Mexico, Kazakhstan, India, Azerbaijan and Texas.


About Formula 1 United States

The Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ 3.4-mile circuit combines modern features with details reminiscent of legendary tracks from the 1960s. The surrounding landscape will allow for a maximum elevation change of 133 feet, a feature that is sure to please drivers as well as fans. In addition, the circuit includes a strategic combination of 20 turns, including variations of classic turns from around the world. The multifunctional facility, hosting the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, is ideally situated on a 970-acre site in southeast Austin along the SH 130 about two miles from Austin Bergstrom International Airport with scenic views of downtown.


About Formula 1 Racing

Formula 1 racing is the most viewed sport in the world (on a yearly basis) and ranks among the top three most prestigious sporting events, along with the Olympics and Soccer’s FIFA World Cup. Formula 1 is considered the most technologically advanced sporting event in the world. It has a massive worldwide following, attracting more than 520 million viewers in 187 countries − making it the most-watched annual television sport in the world. This project will place Austin and the State of Texas on the global stage.

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