OCTOBER 30, 2009
US F1 Team announces european base
US F1 Team announced today that MotorLand Aragon, an 865-acre motorsports complex located in the northern part of Spain in the town of Alcaniz, has been selected as the team's European base. MotorLand will serve as the teams European testing, racecar development and logistics headquarters.
"MotorLand Aragon is the ideal motorsports complex for US F1's European operation," said Peter Windsor, executive vice president and sporting director for US F1 Team. "From the excellent location and weather, to the rich racing heritage and diverse track configurations, MotorLand provides America's first Formula One team in more than 40 years with the perfect facility to manage the 2010 season and train for 2011 and beyond."
MotorLand is a motorsports complex consisting of three international standard tracks, a technology park (TechnoPark MotorLand) and a world-class leisure and cultural area. In addition to world-class dirt and karting circuits, MotorLand Aragon is known worldwide for its Hermann Tilke-conceived and designed F1/MotoGP road course, the only one of its kind in Europe. Created in collaboration with Formula One star Pedro de la Rosa, the approximately 3.32-mile Tarmac track is the showpiece of the project and is now considered a favorite to secure a Formula One test.
US F1 will be housed in a 20,000-square foot facility at MotorLand, with major departments having a presence in everything from testing and racecar development to logistics and communications. MotorLand, which is serving as the alternate race location for the 2010 MotoGP series, will also serve as US F1 Team's hub and service shop in between Formula One races.
Alcaniz, Spain, located just 123 miles from Barcelona and 192 miles from Madrid, has a rich racing heritage that is bolstered by the presence of MotorLand. Not only does the facility feature a world-class track designed by Formula Ones most famous architect, Tilke, but also a new Foster + Partners leisure and cultural area that will create a very unique hospitality opportunity for US F1 Team. The design of the leisure and cultural area is inspired by the sleek, aerodynamic aesthetic of a racecar. Its smooth forms and volumes are sculpted by solar and wind patterns with a lightweight roof that floats over the entire complex. Currently under construction, the leisure and cultural area should be completed in late 2011.
"MotorLand is the only facility of its kind in Europe and we're thrilled to call it our European home," said Ken Anderson, US F1 Team principal, president and CEO. "Between the Formula One-inspired, Tilke-designed road course and accompanying circuits, as well as the elaborate amenities of the leisure and cultural area, MotorLand is truly the perfect complex for US F1, from both competitive and business perspectives."