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Circuit of the Americas on target - Whiting

ESPN Staff
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FIA safety delegate Charlie Whiting is confident the Circuit of the Americas, which will host the US Grand Prix later this year, is making good progress to be ready on time.

Despite contract issues bringing work to a brief halt over the winter, construction at the Circuit of the Americas is back in full swing, with Whiting hoping to complete his formal track inspection two months ahead of the November 18 race date. After visiting the circuit this week, he is confident the race will be a success.

"It is clear that the significant resources Circuit of The Americas has committed to completing this facility on time and to FIA specifications is making a difference," a Circuit of the Americas statement quoted Whiting as saying. "The more than 500 construction workers on site daily are making great progress, and I plan to return to Austin at the end of August for an update. My formal pre-race inspection is set for Sept. 25, which is 60 days before the scheduled start of the Formula One United States Grand Prix.

"From the world-class motorsports facilities and fan areas to the racecourse itself, which promises to be one of the most challenging new additions to our season, I believe Circuit of The Americas has the ability to put on a great show and spectacular Grand Prix in its inaugural year. I look forward to my next visit in August."