Circuit of The Americas (COTA) is bringing the “Spirit of Le Mans” to the Lone Star State Sept. 19-20 for what will be a Texas-sized celebration of sports car racing and live music. The all new Lone Star Le Mans mixes the best of international endurance racing, like the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France, with sights, sounds and flavors as big as Texas. Fans will enjoy unprecedented, open access to majestic, high-tech racing machines and the skilled competitors who pilot them, including famous drivers like TV star Patrick Dempsey and former Formula 1™ driver Mark Webber. The Lone Star Le Mans also marks the debut of night racing at Austin’s award-winning grand prix circuit.
Circuit of The Americas president and chief executive officer Jason Dial today provided this statement upon confirmation that Gene Haas, co-founder of the title-winning Stewart-Haas NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing team, will enter a new team called Haas Formula in the world’s most popular motorsport, Formula 1 racing, sometime in the next two years.
It turned out to be a perfect weekend for the reigning MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez, who dominated the weekend’s activities, leading every practice session, qualifying on pole, and easily winning Sunday’s 2014 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas. Making it look easy, the young Spaniard rode his No. 93 Repsol Honda to a second consecutive win in Texas at the Circuit of The Americas, starting from pole and leading the race from start to finish. In the process, he became the first rider to win the first two races of the year from pole in the premier class since Mick Doohan performed the feat in 1995.
Circuit of The Americas (COTA) welcomed 118,918 members, guests and participants for three days of spectacular racing and entertainment during the 2014 Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas MotoGP event, April 11-13. While rain clouds threatened most of race day, April 13, weather conditions were overshadowed by scintillating on-track action in the MotoGP, Moto2™ and Moto3™ divisions and the engaging fan activities and live entertainment scheduled throughout the weekend.
Marc Marquez not only continued his mastery at Circuit of The Americas™ Saturday by leading the pack during the P3 and P4 practice sessions, he followed that up by putting his No. 93 Repsol Honda on the pole for the second year in a row, ahead of tomorrow’s 2014 Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas. In the process he posted the fastest MotoGP lap time ever recorded in Austin, crossing the finish in 2:02.77, beating the previous record of 2:03.021 that he had set during last year’s qualifying. Last year Marquez went on to win the inaugural MotoGP race in Texas, the first of seven victories he notched last year on the way to winning the 2013 World Championship.
Marc Marquez, the reigning MotoGP™ World Champion and winner of the 2014 season’s first Grand Prix race in Qatar, served notice that he remains the man to beat at the 20-turn Circuit of The Americas track during Friday’s two practice sessions, posting the quickest lap times in both the morning and afternoon. The rider of the No. 93 Repsol Honda bike followed up his P1 morning lap time of 2:04.704 by shaving more than a second off that time—posting a 2:03.490 in the afternoon. That’s only about half a second slower than his qualifying time for last year’s Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas race.