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Inaugural U.S. Grand Prix to be 56 laps, 191 miles, FIA says
The FIA, the world governing body of motorsports, this morning set official race times and distances for all 2012 Formula One races, including the U.S. Grand Prix near Austin.

The U.S. race, scheduled for a circuit under construction in southeastern Travis County, will be 56 laps for a distance of 191.9 miles (308.9 kilometers), the FIA said.

The length of a Formula One race is the number of completed laps that equal 305 kilometers (189.5 miles) or two hours. The Circuit of the Americas is 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) long.

Race times are the same that were reported in January: The race Sunday, Nov. 18, will start at 1 p.m. Central.

Practices on Friday, Nov. 16, will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday’s practice will be from 10 to 11 a.m., and qualifying will be at 1 p.m.

Tickets for the inaugural race will go on sale later this year. The waiting list to reserve personal seat licenses closed Monday.

Work on the circuit has been hampered by rains this year, but officials expect to have the facility ready in time for the first race.

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