On Sunday morning, we put ourselves in the thick of things to get the "driver" experience from Downtown Austin to the Circuit of The Americas track.
We were planning an hours long road trip, but ended up making the drive in 29 minutes.
The morning didn't start out well for those who went to the shuttle pick up point at the Travis County Expo Center. Cars were backed up from Decker Lake Road to Highway 290.By the time we got there at 10 a.m., traffic was flowing smoothly.
"It was super easy. I've been to other Formula One races and we were just complimenting the organization and the convenience," said Akshay Sarin in town from Illinois.
Once parked, F-1 fans headed for the shuttles. We had to walk pretty fast to keep up with them as they made their way to the buses.
"Very impressed, very impressed," said Joerg Tilly. "It's perfect. I don't see that in any other country, you could call up the ISDs and get a few hundred buses."
"Very organized. Very smooth. There is guidance everywhere," said Dora Puyon.
The air traffic was just as hectic as it was on the ground. At any point during the morning helicopters could be seen buzzing over Austin. According to charter company Charlie Bravo Aviation, the racetrack helipad was the busiest in North America Sunday with 250 drop offs and landings.
One thing travelers were not happy about-- being met with signs that read thank God for dead soldiers and hate messages against gay marriage.
"We preach to the world. The lord has given us an open door to preach to the world," said Shirley Phelps-Roper of the Westboro Baptist Church.
Members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church from Topeka, Kansas came to town they said to take advantage of the international audience.
That aside--it appears all went well.