comptroller checks out F1 race

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING -

State Comptroller Su­san Combs, in­stru­men­tal in se­cur­ing a For­mula One race in Austin be­gin­ning in 2012, left Wed­nes­day to get a first­hand look at the sport. She is at­tend­ing the Bri­tish Grand Prix, about 70 miles north of London.

Allen Spelce, a spokesman for the comptroller’s of­fice, said that the trip is a vacation and that Combs is pay­ing for it, not the state. Combs is trav­el­ing with her hus­band, whom Spelce de­scribed as an avid rac­ing fan. Combs “was re­ally ex­cited about this,” Spelce said. “She thinks it’s go­ing to be a great event for Austin.”

To put on the Austin race, the state is putting up $25 mil­lion an­nu­ally, which could be used to pay the sanc­tion­ing fees for the event.

F1 boss Bernie Ec­cle­stone is also ex­pected to be at Sil­ver­stone, as is Tavo Hell­mund, the pro­moter be­hind the Austin race.

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