Circuit of the Americas construction progress, 10/1/2012. Images via Friends of F1 Austin Texas.
Fortunately, while it looks like it will be a close thing, it will in fact happen. The latest photos from the circuit, from the Friends of Formula 1 Austin Texas fan page, show the COTA facility is well on its way to becoming one of the premier tracks in North America, and perhaps the world.
It remains to be seen what the track design will yield in terms of racing quality, especially for the notoriously parade-prone F1 cars that will grace it November 18, but with DTM, V8 Supercars, Moto GP, and more coming to the facility, we're sure to see some excellent racing one way or another.