A plane with the EPA is flying over Austin this week. It is here to detect any possible chemical or radiation threat because of the F-1 race.
The plane made several high and low altitude passes Wednesday morning. The flight crew used special sensors to collect base line air samples. The plane which is based in Kansas City has been used for several other major events like the 2002 Winter Olympics and recent natural disasters. The plane was requested by local authorities and according to Lisa Block with County Emergency Services. It will be airborne again starting Friday to monitor air quality at the track and downtown.
"If something is detected we would immediately work with our state and a federal partner to make sure the public is safe," said Block.
Race team members were busy assembling their cars and didn't even notice the plane fly overhead.
"It doesn't really get in our way. We travel the world a lot, 20 races 20 different countries. Security is different everywhere we go. I was told it would be difficult at US immigration it was easy to be honest everything has been very, very, easy so far," said Red Bull Team Manager Jonathan Wheatley.