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F1 Hopes for Right U.S. Formula

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On Sunday, the world of international motor-sport will turn its helmeted eyes to, of all places, Texas.

It is here that Formula One—the richest and most popular form of racing on the planet—will return to the U.S. for the first time since 2007, unleashing some 17,000 horsepower on pavement that is barely dry.

The 2012 U.S. Grand Prix will take place at the new $400 million Circuit of the Americas—the first purpose-built F1 racetrack in this country. It is the latest attempt in F1's quest to establish a foothold in America—the most important realm it hasn't conquered.

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