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In my secret life...I was a Formula 1 race car driver

From: Judy C.
Sent on: Sunday, November 18, 2012 8:15 PM



Good evening to you all, I hope that everyone enjoyed their weekend. What did I do you ask? Well I not only secured our first speaker for our Second Sunday IV meeting, but I was also a guest at the Circuit of the Americas race - yup, I went and saw the formula 1 race in Austin! Before this event, I had no idea what the hype was all about. I've watched an Indy 500 race before, and to be quite honest, watching cars loop around over and over isn't very exciting to me at all. However, I was completely blown away with the formula 1 race.

In formula 1 racing, the cars look almost alien like, sleek, and absolutely gorgeous compared to the muscle stock cars of NASCAR. I watched the Ferrari Challenge race, and one of the things that stuck out to me was that there were people from ALL over the world and socio-economic backgrounds in the stands. To give you an idea of what I am talking about, they were serving illy espresso in the concession stands - try finding that at a UT game. I talked to a lot of different people there. Oddly enough, none of our conversations was about the race. One particularly amusing event was when I talked to an exec at Google who asked me if I had ever heard of TED talks...  He then told me all about this TED talk given by Carlo Ratti on Architecture that senses and responds, and how forward in thinking the concepts were. So what do you all think, is it?






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