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F1 race weekend begins taking over Austin

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On Thursday drivers and fans from across the world began descending on Austin for the US Grand Prix, the first Formula 1 race to take place in Austin.

Crews spent Thursday transforming much of downtown into the scene for the giant party expected to accompany the race.

On Friday Austin Fan Fest begins and will feature concerts across town, vendors, and other F1 related activities. The event will even feature activities for kids.

LINK: Austin Fan Fest

Meanwhile at the Circuit of Americas drivers and their crews got their first look at the new track. Drivers like points leader Sebastian Vettle and second place Fernando Alonzo won't be able to drive the track until Friday, however.

Race day finally arriving was a relief to the organizers of the race who built the track. Two years ago the head of F1 Bernie Ecclestone expressed doubts as to whether or not the race would take place. Thursday he was taking a personal spin on the track with Circuit of the Americas Chairman Bobby Epstein.

Race organizers expect the stands to be packed and said only about 1,000 tickets remain unsold.

CLICK HERE for more information about the race, parties, and other events taking place this weekend.

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