Austin360 Amphitheater Opening Night
Circuit of The Americas opened the new, world-class Austin360 Amphitheater (now known as the Germania Insurance Amphitheater) with a performance by country music superstar Kenny Chesney and with rising star Kacey Musgraves. The crowd roared as Chesney kicked off the highly anticipated spring 2013 season for the 14,000-seated entertainment venue.
Red Bull Base Jump from COTA tower
Circuit of The Americas hosted the first of many amazing feats planned for the inaugural MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas when the Red Bull Air Force, a team of B.A.S.E. jumpers will catapult from the observation deck of the Circuit’s signature 25-story Tower and landed 251 feet below.
Inaugural MotoGP Race at Circuit of The Americas
MotoGP fans witnessed the debut of World Championship motorcycle racing during the three-day MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas on April 19-21. Spectators were treated to a history-making performance, as rookie Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez became the youngest rider in MotoGP history to win a Grand Prix at just 20 years old. His teammate Dani Pedrosa finished second while 2012 World Champion Jorge Lorenzo of the Yamaha Factory Racing Team rounded out the podium with a third-place finish. Repsol Honda claimed the constructor’s trophy.
Pirelli World Challenge at Circuit of The Americas
In 2013, the Pirelli World Challenge debuted at Circuit of The Americas with V8 Supercars as the supporting race. GT, GTS, Touring Car and Touring Car B-Spec teams raced around the 20-turn, 3.41-mile track as part of the race weekend. Johnny O’Connell won the inaugural race at COTA in the #3 Cadillac CTS-V.
US Grand Prix Named Sports Event of The Year
The 2012 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas has won the coveted “Sports Event of the Year” award at the 2013 SportsBusiness Journal Awards held, Wednesday, May 22, at the New York Marriott Marquis in Manhattan.
Formula Sun Grand Prix Makes Debut at Circuit of The Americas
The Formula Sun Grand Prix is annual solar-car race where teams from colleges and universities around the world design, build, test and race solar-powered vehicles around a closed loop track. Each team has three consecutive days to complete as many laps as they can around The Circuit, and the team with the most laps completed wins the race. There are strict regulations set for each time regarding the total area of solar cells allowed and related reflectors. The Formula Sun Grand Prix serves the qualifying race for the American Solar Challenge Road Race.
McNish, Kristensen, and Duval Won Inaugural Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of The Americas
The Lone Star Le Mans is an endurance race for Le Mans Prototypes and grand tourer-style cars that lasts for 6 hours and has no set number of laps. Car manufactures such as Porsche, Audi, Ferrari, Ford, Cadillac compete to design, build and race the fastest car. Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen, and Loïc Duval won the inaugural race at Circuit of The Americas for Audi Sport Team Joest in the Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro.
U.S Vintage National Championship
The inaugural U.S. Vintage Racing Championship was held at Circuit of The Americas on October 25th – 27th, 2013 and featured over 500 vintage race cars that competed in 12 different classes, with each class having their own respected National Champion. Each race took place on Circuit of The Americas 3.41-mile-long Formula 1 track and showcased some of the most valuable vintage race cars in the world such as the Bugatti Type 35, Ford GT40 and many pre-war race cars.
Sebastian Vettel Won 2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix
A massive crowd of 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.