If you're not a Formula 1 fan, you probably won't understand my enthusiasm, but this was an event I'd been looking forward to since the end of the season last year. And since we have our very own Formula 1 track here in Austin, Texas - Circuit of the Americas - we knew we had to be part of it.
While I hadn't seen a Formula 1 race until the end of the season last year, my youngest son and my husband convinced me to sit down and watch the race in Austin on television. I was hooked, but that's not surprising since I'm a huge fan of plenty of sports. For whatever reason, this one keeps me on the edge of my seat.
After the end of last season, we decided we would look into options to go this year, so we bought our tickets and we waited patiently for the big day to finally arrive.
For the record, I'm a Lewis HAMILTON fan and my youngest son is a KimiRÄIKKÖNEN fan, so we're a house divided. With Mercedes and Ferrari the front runners, it gets pretty interesting at times and my son likes to give me a hard time, but don't worry, I give it right back when Hamilton wins.
As for seeing it in person... there's nothing that beats it. You can watch it on television all day long, but hearing the sounds of all those cars in one place is a rush in itself. And I love the enthusiasm of all the fans. While there weren't any crashes (thank goodness), there was one car that simply died on the track. Because of that, for most of the race, there was a multi-million dollar car simply sitting on the "side of the road".
While the parking was an interesting event (mud from two weeks' worth of rain), the rest was worth the wait to get inside the track. The sun came out, the wind was cool but not too cold and there was no rain in sight. It was as though Mother Nature was sitting back with a cold one watching right along with us.
Will we go back? Absolutely. In fact, next year we're hoping to be part of more of the festivities since this is a sport that's quite popular in the Edwards house.