Texas Lone Star Grand Prix draws racers, crowds to Lockhart
Racing teams from 18 states participated in the event, as well as groups from Abu Dhabi, Colombia and Mexico.
Lockhart city officials and Lone Star Grand Prix organizers believe the event was a positive experience for the racers and the city.
“The race has been great for tourism,” said Becki Womble, of the Lockhart Chamber of Commerce. “We already have 23,500 people a week who come here to eat BBQ, so this is just another great way to bring people here to see our great community and see a great race.”
Rob Miller, LSGP Vice President, said the city was a great host for the event.
“I’ve been telling people for six months the city government in Lockhart is the king of under promise and over delivery,” Miller said. “Working with the city government I’ve made some new friends, and they’re just as excited about this race as we are. It has truly been a great partnership.”
Miller also said the race may develop a long-term partnership with the city.
“If an event like this is a benefit to the city, the racers like to come participate and people discover kart racing because of this, then it shows the yearlong planning of work to get this ready is worth it,” he said.
The first Lone Star Grand Prix event took place at Dallas Fair Park in March of last year. For more information, visit lonestargrandprix.us.
To view photos of the event, visit the SH 130 Facebook page.
John Hennessey visits Lockhart High, makes donation to Math and Science Initiative
Before the opening of the southern portion of SH 130, Texas-based Hennessey Performance ran two of its modified cars on a series of test runs to assess the new toll road’s technology. With a professional driver at the wheel, the cars safely traveled the closed road at speeds over 200 miles per hour. During the test, our toll collection system successfully captured the TxTag and license plate image on all 18 high-speed runs.
As part of the partnership between Hennessey Performance and the SH 130 Concession Company, Hennessey has contributed $5,000 to Lockhart High School’s program to meet the goals of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). On Friday, Jan. 25, John Hennessey presented school officials with the company’s donation. He also spoke to Lockhart High School students, as well as teachers and administrators, about the importance of “dreaming big,” and surrounding yourself with the right people.
“To be here with you all and look you all in the eye and to know that you’re here because you have something cool that you want to do – you want to build a fast car, become a doctor, run a business, become an astronaut – I’m here to tell you I’m living proof God has a plan,” Hennessey said. “I had a dream to become a doctor, only it was a doctor of cars and making them go fast.”
Mr. Hennessey also discussed the quality of the SH 130 road and what it represents for Central Texas.
“I had no idea what a cool highway this is,” Hennessey said to the group. “I had no idea what this highway was going to do in terms of connecting San Antonio with Austin. I’ve been on the autobahn, I’ve been on a lot of fast roads … this may be the best highway in the world, the best highway that I’ve ever been on.”
The SH 130 Concession Company has made a sustained financial commitment to Lockhart’s NMSI program and shares Hennessey’s belief that math and science education are essential to making improvements to transportation safety and performance.
Can you love a road … as much as these folks?
It’s been almost two months since SH 130 segments 5 and 6 opened to the public. Since then, we’ve heard lots of great feedback from people who love driving the road. Here are some examples of what you’re saying about SH 130.
@AlbertR_KVUE : I took the new toll this weekend b/t Seguin and Mustang Ridge, and I loved it! Smooth, safe, and fast!
@OnlyInAustin : Drove #SH130 today from Seguin to Austin. 41 minutes. Yeah, it’s possible to love a road. #roadmance #IDroveTheSpeedLimitAndWasFasterThanYou
@License2Kell : Just ate some legendary bbq at smittys in lockhart. Also drove the 85 mph road in texas. #greatmorning
@stephaniehall00 : Officially obsessed with #SH130! Got from Austin to SA in less than 1 1/2 hours during rush hour! #shocking #awesome
@lsumecheng : 85mph legally on the new buttery smooth SH130. Very very nice!
@andrewkmoore : An 85 MPH speed limit. Sometimes it really is better in Texas.
@Theintangible81 : Sh 130 is beautiful. #sanantoniobound #notraffic #Texas #pickleparkway
@KaizenFactor : I can’t wait to drive it again! #BestinTexas #BestintheUSA
@audreyjward : Love driving on SH 130! Quicker, easier and you don’t have to suffer going through Longhorn land.. #Gigem
@tiffanycowart : SH-130 Austin to SA….and yes. It is awesome.
@bamsoliz : #TexasStuffImThankfulFor SH130
@DonnaEverywhere : Texas, How Do I Love Thee? Let me count the ways… 1) U can drive 85 on SH130
@KathlynGuerrero : I love toll roads! #85mph #notraffic
Circuit of the Americas
This weekend is an exciting time for the state of Texas and the City of Austin, as the inaugural Formula One U.S. Grand Prix kicks off Nov. 16.
The race will be held at the brand new Circuit of the Americas track, located nine miles from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and less than 15 miles from downtown Austin. It is the first track built specifically for F1 competition in the United States.
According to the Circuit of the Americas website, over 200,000 race fans are expected to travel to downtown Austin for the Fan Fest kickoff event, and state officials are expecting the race itself to generate around $220 million in revenue for the state.
SH 130 is the fastest way to Circuit of the Americas. The special Circuit of the Americas page on MySH130.com includes lots of information for Grand Prix attendees, including a map and parking instructions.
An alternative to I-35 Traffic
SH 130 segments 5 and 6 are now officially open, providing an alternative to I-35 congestion for Central Texas motorists.
On Wednesday, Oct. 24, state and local political leaders, SH 130 Concession Company staff and members of the community joined in a celebratory ribbon cutting and official grand opening event for the new road.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, one of several keynote speakers at the event, discussed the importance of SH 130 for the state.
“When you’re stuck in that traffic between Austin and San Antonio for instance, everybody understands what this highway and having access to this highway is going to mean,” Perry said to the crowd. “Thanks to Highway 130, traffic flowing north-south along one of America’s most important trade corridors are now going to have another option which will ease travel for everyone in the area.”
SH 130 Concession Company board member Joe Krier served as the moderator of the opening ceremony, and also spoke on the importance of having an I-35 alternative.
“The I-35 stretch from Austin to San Antonio currently has the highest fatalities per mile of any interstate segment of that size in the United States,” Krier said. “This road gives people a safe, high-speed alternative.”
State of Transportation 2012
SH 130 Concession Company was proud to sponsor the 3rd Annual State of Transportation luncheon, held Oct. 10 at the Hilton Austin hotel and conference center. The event included over 350 business leaders, community officials and members of the media. During the luncheon, the Austin Chamber of Commerce unveiled its 2012 Mobility Report. It included updated maps on commuter congestion in and around the Austin area.
Keynote speaker Phil Wilson, Executive Director of the Texas Department of Transportation, discussed how FY 2012 was a milestone year for TxDot. Not only was it the safest year on record, but it marked the third straight year TxDot comes in at No. 1 in the country for safety among state departments of transportation. Also during the event, former Austin mayor and District 14 State Senator Kirk Watson provided updates on the Rider 42 project and its recommendations for easing Texas traffic congestions. Watson is a longtime supporter of SH 130.
During last year’s State of Transportation event, I-35 was identified as “the elephant in the room.” In 2012, it continues to be one of the most problematic and congested roadways in Texas. With the completion of SH 130 segments 5 & 6, there’s now an alternative to I-35 for motorists traveling between Austin and San Antonio. Look for more blog updates on SH 130 news and events in the upcoming weeks, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information as we get closer to our opening date.