The Formula 1 Race, one of the most anticipated events of the year in Central Texas has come and gone. In Elroy for the most part everything has gone according to plan. The mood was vibrant in Elroy Sunday morning. Those who live near the Circuit of The Americas wasted no time trying to make some cash off the thousands of F1 fans flooding their streets. $20 was the average to park in private lots. Vickie Gomez says in the last three days about 60 cars parked at her property.
" We're getting to meet a lot of people from other places, other countries, we're getting to do that," said Gomez. One of those foreigners is Rodrigo Yescas who came from Mexico with eight of his friends and family members to watch the race. They'll have to walk from the property to the COTA entrance despite the "no walking" signs along Elroy Rd. "If you wanted to get parking inside the race, you have to buy some kind of bundle and we didn't have access to buy it," said Yescas. Throughout the day we spotted hundreds of people doing the same. Some people were not only walking on the side of the road, but the road itself. Travis County Sheriff's Deputies say it's prohibited and pedestrians could be cited. It's so dangerous Phyllis Braxton has been giving people rides from a parking lot to the COTA entrance in her own car. "I just drop them off at the gate because you can't go in there if you don't have a permit," said Braxton. She says so far it's one of the only issues she's had with the event this weekend in Elroy, and she says there's an easy solution. She says sidewalks should be built for the next race. "I hope they will before somebody gets hurt," she said. "I don't want to see nobody get hit on these streets." Not that walking on the street will keep any fans from attending. Rodrigo and his family say they are already planning to be here next year. "From Mexico it's easier to come here than go to other places like France or Germany," he said. Rodrigo says the people are also very welcoming in Central Texas even down to the parking.