November: F1 organizers sell most liquor in Texas

November: F1 organizers sell most liquor in Texas

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AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Race fans are seen amongst the crowd of 117,429 for the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas.

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The Associated Press

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 11:46 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Circuit of the Americas became the state’s top liquor seller in November as the inaugural Formula One race weekend in Austin drew more than 260,000 fans.

The Texas comptroller’s office says Circuit-related events had $2.8 million worth of beer, wine and mixed drink sales.

Lewis Hamilton won the Nov. 17 U.S. Grand Prix, the first Formula One race on American soil since 2007, in his fourth victory of the 2012 season.

The Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/UCDBJp ) reported Monday that citywide alcohol sales for November reached $48.4 million, or 23 percent higher than a year earlier.

Some business owners credit the increase to race fans in Austin for the mid-November events. ATX Brands owner Doug Guller says it was a great first year for Formula One.

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