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Travis Co. Commissioners question Formula One plans

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If you want an unusual burger, Wild Bubba's Wild Game's probably got it on its menu.

John Brunsford manages the restaurant just down the road from the proposed site for the Formula One race track in southeastern Travis County.

"We have antelope and cabrito, black bear... there aren't many restaurants that do what we do," Brunsford said.

That's why he said he's not worried the first track of its kind in the U.S. would hurt his business. He's actually all for racing and the growth it could bring to the area.

He said he's not even worried about the expected increased traffic on the road, and he hopes the new track will even speed building a better and bigger road.

But that issues is a big concern among Travis County Commissioners. Tuesday was the first time they'd heard from those who represent Formula One.

Commissioners had plenty of questions.

"Who bears the cost... and who enjoys the benefit?" Commissioner Sarah Eckhardt asked. "Has there been any traffic analysis done at this point?"

"No formal one, no mam," Richard Suttle said.

Suttle represents the group bringing the race track to town. He admitted there would be
noise and that a road improvement plan hasn't been worked up.

"I'll freely admit to you this is going along in an unconventional path," Suttle said.

A path down FM 812 would be the main entrance into the facility. Commissioners said the car capacity just isn't there currently.

"Just our preliminary rough guessing, there could be delays up to 12 hours to accommodate the number of participants and spectators in and out of the facility," Eckhardt said.

It's a facility race advocates say could bring in $300 million annually to the area.

Whether they can answer commissioners questions now or not, Formula One officials said
it's going to be a track the area will be happy it took.

"It's going to work," Suttle said.

County commissioners said they didn't get any answers Tuesday. They plan to continue to meet with those representing Formula One to address concerns and get a plan in place.

Formula One has a 10-year deal to race in Austin beginning in 2012.

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