Grand prix trip has combs ready for F1
comptroller says she’s even more encouraged about austin project
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.