The first Formula One Grand Prix race at the Austin, Texas “Circuit of the Americas” is still over a year away. The track isn’t much more than a roughly graded dirt road right now, but that didn’t stop Red Bull from bringing over a demo car and enlisting the driving skills of David Coulthard to show off the new track.
There isn’t much to see in the video below, since F1 cars on dirt are painfully over-powered and under-tired. Still, racing on packed dirt would add a whole new dimension to the sport, and I’m all for throwing in at least one hard-packed-clay race on the F1 schedule. The mechanics would hate it, but the fans (myself included) would pay serious money to watch the best drivers in the world slug it out in the dirt. Who’s with me me on this? Can we get a petition started?