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Circuit of The Americas welcomes 237,406 for the 2014 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix

Posted on November 02, 2014

Written by harlow

Circuit of The Americas welcomed a three-day crowd of 237,406 for the third running of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

On Sunday, 107,778 people packed the trackside suites, grandstands and general admission areas to watch Mercedes AMG Petronas' Lewis Hamilton take the checkered flag to move a step closer to the 2014 drivers world championship.

Fans from around the world and all 50 states visited Circuit of The Americas for the 17th round of the 19-race 2014 Formula One season. The grand prix was also broadcast live to hundreds of millions of fans around the world.

Circuit guests were also treated to interactive games, events and entertainment throughout the venue, including themed bars, more than 60 of Austin's world-famous food trucks and live music from artists Live and Kid Rock.

Thousands more packed all three days of the COTA Fan Fest, a celebration of live music and motorsports spread over eight blocks in downtown Austin.

"We are delighted to share the exhilaration of Formula One with our guests from around the world," circuit President and CEO Jason Dial said. "In its third year, the U.S. Grand Prix continues to be a global destination for outstanding racing and a Texas-size festival in one of the best cities in the world. A big thank you to our guests for their continued support."

Hamilton’s victory was his 10th of the year and his second at the home of Formula One in the United States. The British driver won the inaugural race at Circuit of The Americas in 2012.

Hamilton’s teammate, Nico Rosberg, finished second Sunday, and Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo came in third.

About Circuit of The Americas

Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, is the home of world championships and a world-class destination for premium sports and entertainment. COTA’s marquee event, the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX was awarded 2013 “Sports Event of the Year” by SportsBusiness Journal/Daily, and the same publication named the venue a finalist for 2014 “Sports Facility of the Year.” Additionally, COTA is the new North American home for the summer edition of ESPN’s X Games. More than one million visitors come to COTA each year for events such as MotoGP™, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the FIA World Endurance Championship, business and social functions, and more than 20 performances at the venue’s acclaimed Austin360 Amphitheater, winner of Pollstar’s “Best New Major Concert Venue” award for 2013. COTA’s 1,500-acre campus includes a variety of permanent structures, including a 44,000-square foot Event Center, an impressive Main Grandstand with hospitality suites and the Velocity Lounge, a 270,000-square foot Paddock Building with 34 garages, and an iconic 25-story Observation Tower at the heart of the facility. For more information and downloadable video and photos, visit: www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com, www.Austin360Amphitheater.com or COTA’s dedicated FTP site, media.circuitoftheamericas.com. Follow COTA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CircuitofTheAmericas and Twitter @circuitamericas and @COTAmedia.