Formula 1 creates thousands of jobs in US
F1 returns to US after a gap of 5 years. United States F1 Grand Prix is scheduled to be held later this year at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Teas. Though the race itself may still be 162 days away, but job openings are in abundance, according to Circuit of The Americas, President, Mr Steve Sexton.
These job openings exist in finance, accounting, administration, communications, legal, retail, technical services, etc., and waiting to be filled. While jobs are in short supply elsewhere, here there are 50 to 60 salaried jobs, 2300 full time jobs and over 3,000 jobs on major event days just waiting for applicants. Besides F1, there will also be additional four to five major motor sports event, festivals, bike races, etc., for which staff and office back up will be required.
The US Grand Prix is an event that has been conducted since 1908 at a time when it was called American Grand Prix. It was only much later that it came to be known as Formula One World Championships. 41 editions of the race have been held in 9 locations with the most recent one held in 2007 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This year the F1 race are being held in Austin, Texas on 16-18th November 2012.
Mr Sexton said, “I’ll stress again Circuit of the Americas is just not Formula 1 alone. We hear F1 a lot. The race this fall is Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, but in fact, we’re talking about four or five major motor sports events a year, an amphitheater, a lot of uses for community events, festivals, runs, bike races. I mean, this is a year-round, multi-purpose facility. It’s not just about one major race per year,” said Sexton who added that the F1 track could bring in $400 million annually.”
“A strong volunteer force is vital in operating a successful, large-scale event. We expect to recruit approximately 1,000 volunteers for the Formula 1™ event alone. There is also a need for a regional volunteer force from which all city-wide events can recruit experienced, motivated helpers. We look forward to working with the Sports Commission to build the first of its kind in Austin,” added Mr Sexton.
Mr Matthew Payne, Executive Director, Austin Sports Commission, said, “We’ve been fortunate enough to land some unique events like the Davis Cup quarterfinals, the USA Volleyball Junior Nationals and the World Football Festival coming this summer. Creating a volunteer database will give Austin another competitive advantage because of the important resource it will provide to event organizers. Plus, we know that Austin is full of dedicated, community-minded individuals who want to make a difference—and who want visitors to our city to have a great experience.”
About Circuit of The Americas
Circuit of The Americas will be a world-class destination for performance, education and business. It will be the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States designed for any and all classes of racing, from motor power to human power, and be the U.S. home to the 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX(tm) Nov. 16-18 and V8 SUPERCARS.
The Circuit of The Americas’ master plan features a variety of permanent structures designed for business, education, entertainment and race use. Its signature element will be a 3.4-mile circuit track. Other support buildings will include an expansive outdoor live music space, a conference center, a banquet hall as well as a state-of-the-art medical facility. Future proposed amenities include a driving/riding experience, a motorsports driving club, kart track, grand plaza event center and tower, and a trackside recreational vehicle park. For more information and downloadable video, audio and photos, visit: www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com.