Grand prix trip has combs ready for F1

comptroller says she’s even more en­cour­aged about austin project

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By John Ma­her

About the only thing state Comptroller Su­san Combs didn’t like about her re­cent trip to Eng­land and the Bri­tish Grand Prix was the 300,000 fre­quent flier miles it cost her and hus­band Joe Du­ran to get there and back.

“We’re still in a griev­ing process,” Combs joked.

A lit­tle less than two weeks ago, Combs and Du­ran, at their own ex­pense, took a six-day vacation to London and Sil­ver­stone, a sto­ried rac­ing cir­cuit about 70 miles north of London. She was on the track’s start­ing grid, chat­ting with For­mula One boss Bernie Ec­cle­stone, un­til three min­utes be­fore the start of the race.

Combs, along with pro­moter Tavo Hell­mund, has been in­stru­men­tal in Austin se­cur­ing the U.S. Grand Prix for 2012 and be­yond. Combs said she was even more en­cour­aged about the project af­ter see­ing her first F1 race and meet­ing with Ec­cle­stone.

“He couldn’t have been nicer,” Combs said. “He’s re­ally ex­cited about the project. He has known Tavo for a long time. He likes him.

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For­mula One boss Bernie Ec­cle­stone, left, met with state Comptroller Su­san Combs and Austin F1 pro­moter Tavo Hell­mund on July 10 while in Sil­ver­stone, Eng­land, for the Bri­tish Grand Prix.

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