AUSTIN (KXAN) - Call them the fashionably late.
As many as 18,000 passengers are flying into Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Friday, and many of them are international travelers here for the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix race.
Two practice runs began at the track Friday with a third practice run set for Saturday morning before the afternoon's time trials heading into the race on Sunday at 1 p.m.
As the visitors pour into town they arrive with high hopes and fat wallets.
"I hope it will be a great weekend,' said Moses Abadi, here from Panama, "otherwise we spent a lot of money to come here." Asked what he expects of Austin, Abadi replied with a smile, "Party. A big party."
Austin's Barry Deemer went out to the airport in hopes of buying a spare race ticket from the incoming travelers.
"The ticket sellers have them but they want five times their face value," he said.
Volunteer translators were on hand to help with any language difficulties. Ghizlane Badami was able to assist in French or Arabic.
From China, Momo Xie was unable to get a hotel room.
"We're staying far away from Austin. A half-hour drive," Xie said.
Moses Abadi had requested his travel agent get him a room downtown. Upon arriving he learned he was booked in the Westin at The Domain.
He wasn't happy, saying, "That's crazy because who is going to drive me every time I'm a little drunk?"
The University of Texas Board of Regents adjourned Thursday without taking action on the job status of embattled UT President Bill Powers.
Longhorns coach Mack Brown talked with reporters Thursday for the first time since reports surfaced this week that he could be stepping down.
After two hours of discussion regarding the final design for Auditorium Shores, the Austin City Council decided to approve the design on a vote of 7-0 with amendments.
Despite what seemed like a surge of controversies, the Austin Aquarium opened its doors to members Thursday for a private pre-entry showing.
One person was killed Thursday in a rollover crash near Cedar Creek, the Bastrop County Sheriff's Office said.
A 15-year-old girl told police she was abducted from the parking lot at Bastrop High School on Wednesday.