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F1 shuttle service pleases race fans, upsets business owner

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F1 is well under way. Circuit of the Americas says more than 58,000 race fans spent their Friday watching practice runs.

There's even some F1 fun in downtown Austin at the "Fan Fest."

There are 12 city blocks blocked off for the event.

If you are still trying to get tickets to the race, COTA says as of Friday night, they're still available for both Saturday and Sunday.

According to their website, tickets for tomorrow start at $79 general admission and $129 for bleacher seats.

Parking at COTA gets pricy so they encourage race fans to take a shuttle.

There's a round trip shuttle service next to the Austin Convention Center at 4th and Trinity for $5 a person.

Some people are loving it!

"Yeah I just parked, walked over here, got on, got there, it's awesome," said one man.

But others like Steve McDermott who owns Downtown Burger right next to the Convention Center are hating it!

He says the buses have been blocking people from getting to him.

Business has been so bad he had to shut down early Friday.

"People can't get here, my regulars can't park here, they can't even walk over here so you know it might cost me close to $10,000 for the 3 days. That's a lot of mortgage money," he said.

McDermott says he may not even be able to open Saturday because he says it's just not worth it.

Fan Fest lasts until midnight on Friday and opens back up on Saturday at noon.

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