“It’s not exactly your Sunday goat-roping in Beeville,” Red McCombs reportedly joked at a news conference Tuesday at Austin’s Palmer Events Center.
Several Austin friends e-mailed us about the front-page story appearing in Wednesday’s American-Statesman about that city’s grand plans for its Formula One site, including a MotoGP, motorcycle racing’s equivalent of an F1 Grand Prix.
McCombs, San Antonio billionaire and prominent sports investor, was describing the growing project, now the host of two huge international motor races, boasting a $400 million price tag, which will include a conference center, a 22-story signature tower and possibly a hotel.
The track, newly christened the Circuit of the Americas, added a premier motorcycle event that will begin a 10-year run in 2013. The new race is just one of many plans for the expanding development on 1,100 acres in southeast Austin.
It may surprise Mr. McCombs, though, to learn that Beeville is now the site of the Texas Mile, a three-times-a-year speed event drawing thousands of racing fans with their expensive autos and motorcycles trying to top 300-plus mph.
We know that’s small potatoes to an investor with mega-million deals involving the Vikings, Spurs, Nuggets, Longhorns and other operations, but we’re known for more than rodeos and cabrito cook-offs. Anyway, goat ropers need love too!