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Circuit of The Americas (COTA) today confirmed that the 2014 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX would be held Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, 2014. “Formula 1™ race organizers set race dates and locations according to a global calendar with incredible scheduling and logistical considerations,” COTA Chairman Bobby Epstein noted. “We are pleased that our date falls on a weekend that doesn't conflict with any major conventions scheduled for Austin, due to the impact that kind of overlap could have on hotel availability. In early November, Central Texas hotels are wide open, and it’s beautiful time of year to visit Austin and experience our immersive Formula 1 weekend. “Due to the large number of NASCAR events scheduled annually, there will occasionally be overlaps with events at Circuit of The Americas, and that will happen next year. However there are few similarities between a NASCAR race and the Formula 1 weekend we have developed. The F1 USGP is a massive, fun and entertaining experience that has performed well against all kinds of competition. Many members of the public were concerned that our first F1 race fell on the same date as the season-ending NASCAR race in Florida, and it proved to be a non-issue. Ultimately, we see this as a great opportunity to draw sports fans from around the world to Texas and to proving again that Austin is the place to enjoy premium racing and entertainment.”
A massive crowd of 113,162 race fans watched Formula 1™ racing’s new driving powerhouse, Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel, make history, as the 2013 World Champion driver scored his eighth consecutive Grand Prix victory at Circuit of The Americas (COTA). In doing so, the 26-year-old German wunderkind topped the record of seven consecutive wins set by his racing idol, Michael Schumacher, who retired after the 2012 season. Three-day attendance for COTA’s second Formula 1 Grand Prix was 250,324, with 58,276 fans attending Friday’s practice sessions and 78,886 turning out for Saturday’s qualifying rounds.
The Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) has been nominated for Pollstar’s “Best New Major Concert Venue” award. The amphitheater, situated inside the world-class sports and entertainment venue, opened in April 2013 and has hosted more than 20 performances in its freshman year, including Mumford & Sons, Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band, Maroon 5, Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, The Lumineers, Train, Lil’ Wayne, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley and Paramore. On Sunday, Nov. 17, the Austin360 Amphitheater will showcase global sensation Pitbull in a free concert for racegoers attending the 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX.
Despite a foggy start that delayed the first round of Formula 1™ practice sessions by approximately 40 minutes, 58,276 fans spent their Friday under mostly sunny skies at Circuit of The Americas and welcomed the return of the world’s most popular motorsport to Austin, Texas. As the clouds broke above, F1™ drivers were sizzling below, with Scuderia Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso clocking the fastest time of 1:38.343 during practice session one. Reigning World Champion driver Sebastian Vettel of Infiniti Red Bull Racing ruled the time sheets in session two, with a top time of 1:37.305. Saturday brings qualifying sessions with circuit gates opening at 7:30 a.m. CT.
Circuit of The Americas is encouraging spectators attending the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX this weekend to help make a difference for the thousands of individuals affected by the flash flooding that occurred in the Austin area over the Halloween holiday. The United States’ home for Formula 1™ racing will raise money for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by encouraging fans to participate in a “Text-To-Give” campaign at the Circuit during Saturday’s qualifying sessions and Sunday’s Grand Prix. Fans can text the word “RED CROSS” to the number 90999 to assist flooding victims in Central Texas. By doing so, a $10 donation will be made to the American Red Cross. Charges will appear on patrons’ wireless bills, or be deducted from a prepaid cell phone balance. The “Text-To-Give” information will be displayed on the large video boards around Circuit of The Americas.
Just in time for the 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX (Nov. 15-17) event host site Circuit of The Americas™ in Austin, Texas, is now a featured location on Google Maps’ Street View program. The popular web-mapping technology allows Internet users to see the world-class sports and entertainment venue from inside the 3.4-mile racing circuit. The unique vantage point was captured by the Google Maps photography team inside the circuit’s Turn 13. Race fans and interested parties will be able to see a 360-degree view of Circuit of The Americas’ popular “stadium section” series of turns.
Circuit of The Americas (COTA) has unveiled the star-studded list of celebrity guests expected for this year’s FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, Nov. 15-17. Movie stars, TV heart throbs, sports legends, music sensations and beauty queens will be taking in the world-class racing and entertainment from Circuit of The Americas’ VIP hospitality areas. Many of this year’s A-Listers are coming as guests of QuintEvents and the Circuit of The Americas Experiences program, including key members from the cast of the NBC hit drama “Revolution,” which is currently in production in the Austin, Texas, area.
Circuit of The Americas (COTA) has come to an important milestone in its first full year of operation—welcoming its one-millionth customer to the track just in time for the 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX. The lucky ticket buyer is William Snyder of Kempner, Texas. Snyder is a retired soldier currently serving as a helicopter mechanic for the M2 Services Corporation, which supports the 21st Cavalry Brigade (air combat) stationed at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. Snyder recently bought four general admission tickets to bring his wife—a native German and huge Formula 1 fan—and some friends to the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX in Austin this weekend. Little did he know that his timely purchase would lead to a much bigger prize!
Circuit of The Americas (COTA) today provided an update on a number of sustainability projects in the works around this year’s FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, Nov. 15-17. Austin’s Grand Prix, now in its second year, is expected to draw approximately 250,000 spectators to the racetrack over three days and a similar number of fans to Austin Fan Fest fueled by Shell, a free, racing-themed sports and entertainment celebration going on Nov. 14-17 in the heart of the city.
On Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11, U.S. soldier Chris Jones learned that he would soon be crossing one important item off of his bucket list: going to a Formula 1 race for the very first time with two of his favorite people, his wife Tamara and 7-year-old daughter Sierra. Tamara Jones entered Circuit of The Americas’ F1 USGP Bucket List Contest on behalf of her husband, who is a U.S. Army Major and has been deployed overseas four times, since beginning his military career in 1999. Chris, who is currently assigned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Tulsa, Okla., has served throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, including multiple combat tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He is frequently away for months at a time, including one 15-month tour. As a long-time Formula 1 fan, Chris tries to keep up with races while he’s deployed to relax and alleviate the stress that comes with serving in dangerous areas and being separated from his family for months at a time.