June 28, 2011
The San Francisco Formula 1 Group supports both the city of Austin and Formula 1’s return to the United States there. We can think of no other event that will impact the community in such a positive and constructive way while creating opportunities for local businesses and organizations in the region.
As one of the largest communities of Formula 1 fans in the United States, we’ve brought more F1 fans to watch Grand Prix racing together than any single event since the last USGP in 2007 – and groups like ours are not alone. In the past few years, Formula 1 viewing events here and more recently in Austin have been taking place with other sister organizations in New York, San Diego, Chicago, Seattle, Houston, Washington DC, Atlanta, Tampa, Dallas, and several other cities.
In San Francisco we’ve grown to over 1200 members from more than 50 countries where students, professionals, families, retirees, schoolchildren, vacationers and even current Formula 1 team members have all joined us to watch F1 races. Having led and personally organized over 100 F1 viewing events to date for many thousands of guests, I can say there is no one ‘type’ of Formula 1 fan, but there is always passion and excitement around the experience of a race together with a group.
We share rides and BBQ recipes, eat vegan food, go to class, lead our industry, work in education, green tech, software, nonprofit, and enjoy weekend track days, photography and music – and all have Formula 1 in common. It’s the power to bring so many diverse interests and people together around the sport that continues to build enthusiasm and energy here and in groups across the country, and there’s no bigger stage than the race itself to attract such a vibrant community.
The local businesses and charities we support through our F1 events are happy to share that the thousands of fans who have joined us over the years and who return each season to watch races with us continue to support them with energy and enthusiasm, and we look forward to bringing that with us to next year’s race.
The San Francisco Formula 1 Group