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Drivers prepare for F1 race

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F1 drivers hit the track today preparing for this weekend's US Grand Prix.

Not just for those who built this track but for this sport that has a foot hold practically everywhere across the globe except the USA.

High pitch screams from F1 cars Friday morning welcomed the thousands who walked and were shuttled into the Circuit of the Americas.

Race week is here a dream for some a curiosity for others. FOX 7 asked several F1 race attendees if it met their expectations.

"Oh exceeds it, definitely I didn't know what to expect this is my first racing at all," said Charlie Carmichael, visiting from Dallas.

"Well I've been to a race before at Indy so actually it exceeds, because this track is great," said race fan Jamie Rhode.

Constantin Senciuc and his wife traveled from Romania and immediately feel in love with Austin.

"It's a world class event and I tell you what you cannot miss this fun, it's a different … but I tell you what you cannot compare it," said Senciuc.

As fans watched the cars speed by helicopters ferried in more people while a plane manned by a special EPA crew also flew overhead. Each pass the air was tested for any possible threat.

But alongside the track few bothered to look up with so much more flashing by on the course.

With even more fans expected to fill these slopes Saturday and Sunday the focus is starting to shift to try to find ways to expand and increase the fan base.

The goal is to develop an American driver. Racing legend Mario Andretti believes one will emerge.

"Well we finally have a home a solid home for the future- I think this could really spawn some interest maybe some sponsors eventually we have some young talent we have some talent ready to stand up to the next level to the top level - so the fact that can look forward to a Formula 1 race every year I think is huge and should encourage that aspect of it and obviously pique the interest," said Andretti.

A first step made as the engines from this first day wind down.

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