Interesting article on Forbes.com about the players behind the Circuit of the Americas and the machinations involved in building an F1 level track. No mention of Kevin Schwantz. I know we have some locals that have been following the details over the last few years. Can anyone comment on how accurate the article is? http://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2012/10/19/wild-ride/
The reporter seems to think there is fantastic intrigue here but it doesn't seem too out of the ordinary for a development project in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Everyone is looking for someone else to take the risk and make the guarantees, free money from the government is needed and someone with no money in the deal is looking to cash in.
MOST of what I've read has been from the Austin American Statesman & Houston Chronicle. It's pretty clear that a lower grunt with connections had an idea then got shoved out when the lower grunt's idea actually became viable. Like you said, not out of the ordinary.
No mention of Kevin because; well it's an F1 track. Kevin got fucked just like Talmund did. Bigger players come along and kick everyone out of the sandbox. That's life I guess.
My bet, MotoGP riders will not like this track. It is a pure F1 track that does not allow passing in the traditional motorcycle sense.