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Don’t Miss Out on This While at the F1™ USGP

Posted by Kristen Doolan on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 @ 09:22 AM

With the first day of the 2016 FORMULA ONE UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ right around the corner on October 21st, you must start planning your trip to Austin, Texas. Known as one of the more popular young professional and family-centered cities in the United States, Austin is sure full of life. From its abundant number of lakes and parks for outdoor activities to its nickname as the “live music capital of the world”, your trip to the F1™ USGP will be one of a lifetime.Circuit-of-The-Americas-Experiences-F1-USGP-Racing-Austin-006.jpg

Restaurants

Veracruz Tacos, 2711 La Frontera Blvd, STE 320 Round Rock, TX 7868: Check out this hot spot featured by Rachael Ray and Rolling Stone serving fresh tacos, homemade salsas, and authentic tortillas and chips.

Boiler Nine Bar & Grill, 800 W Cesar Chavez Street Austin, TX 78701: Located in downtown Austin, this art deco styled bar & grill isn’t one to miss. Visit them for Brunch. Lunch or Dinner to enjoy tapas style dinning.

Forthright, 98 San Jacinto Blvd Austin, TX 78701: Serving Breakfast and Lunch with a relaxed style is the name of the game for Forthright. If you need a place to relax and/or enjoy a well prepared meal with straightforward ingredients, this is your place!

Wu Chow, 500 W 5th Street Austin, Texas 78701: Looking for classic Chinese dishes while in Austin? Check out Wu Chow! With their eclectic dining and relaxed atmosphere, it’s no wonder this restaurant lands on the hottest places to go in Austin.  

Things to Do

Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail: Hit the outdoors and explore this lush green park and peaceful lake. Walk, bike, ride or just sit and relax at this amazing spot in Austin.

Haunted Austin and Bat Bridge Segway Tour: Explore Austin’s haunted past and visit the bat bridge while learning more about the history behind what makes Austin, Austin.

Sixth Street: Find all the nightlife that Austin has to offer on sixth street. From live music, to historic venues this downtown spot is the place to be!

Accommodations

Marriott Round Rock: Located just 30 miles from the Circuit of The Americas™ Austin Track, the Marriott Round Rock offers exceptional amenities for their guests. Relax in your hotel room with the comfort of plush mattresses and down comforters, while enjoying their well-known RC Grille which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don’t forget about the indoor pool and fitness center located on the property, making this accommodation choice ideal for any traveler.

Sheraton Austin: Looking to be in the middle of it all? Then the Sheraton Austin is your most promising choice - located only 18 miles from the Circuit of The Americas™ Austin Track and just steps away from Sixth Street/Warehouse District and the University of Texas. With two different dining options and well-appointed bedding, this
hotel option makes your stay as comfortable as possible.

Don’t Forget YouCircuit-of-The-Americas-Experiences-F1-USGP-Legends-Club-Lunch-with-a-Legend-11.jpgr Ticket to the F1™ USGP

As the only exclusive provider of ticket packages available through Circuit of The Americas™ program, COTA Experiences is the package provider to go with! From our Legends Club access with Q&A sessions with Alexander Rossi, privileged viewing positions
along the track and gourmet fare – this is not something you want to miss!

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Lone Star Le Mans: Beginning to Present

Posted by Kristen Doolan on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 @ 09:57 AM

Where did the Lone Star Le Mans begin? Go back to the year 1999 when a Georgia-based business man created a partnership that would spark a series of races to ignite passion amongst many fans of the sport.

Don Panoz

Starting in pharmaceuticals, Donald Panoz made a prominent impact as an entrepreneur at a young age. While studying business at Duquesne University, Panoz operated two drug stores stemming his passion for pharmaceuticals. he would later form a few of his own companies Milan Pharmaceuticals and Elan Corporation, which both proved very profitable for him and his family.

His switch later in life to motorsport ventures is due to his son Dan who opened Panoz Auto Development with funding from his dad in 1989. Skeptical of the new venture at first, Panoz soon would fall in love with sport and expand their company in 1997 to Panoz Motorsports, which lead to the birth of the American Le Mans Series. This series which started in 1999 aimed to align Panoz’s passion to bring European-style endurance sports car racing to the United States.

Blending the Passion

With the thrill of the race in mind, in 2013, the American Le Mans Series, presented by Tequila Patron, and the FIA World Endurance Championship joined forces at the Circuit of The Americas™ track to bring a festival of championship racing.Lone-Star-Le-Mans-45.jpg

The Lone Star Le Mans is the result of a merger between two existing North American sports car racing series, the American Le Mans Series and the Rolex Sports Car Series and now features two different championships in Austin, Texas.

TUDOR SportsCar Championship

Finding a home in Austin, Texas, the TUDOR Sports Car Championship never forgets to bring the thrill of the race with them to the Lone Star Le Mans. This race features four different classes of racing on the track, at the same time. So, whether you like the Prototype or Grand Touring style of car, or like the Pro or Pro-Am race, you can enjoy it all at the Lone Star Le Mans!

FIA World Endurance Championship

Featuring three different classes: The Le Mans Prototype 1, Le Mans Prototype 2 and the Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance, this race brings together the most developed cars on the track. The World Endurance Championship is at the forefront of developing research and technology to continuously innovate the best cars around.

Present: Heart of the Race

Lone Star Le Mans was created with passion in mind and COTA Experiences continues to offer the ultimate experience for your race day needs. Catch this American twist on the world’s greatest endurance race in Austin, Texas from September 15th to September 17th in style. With unparalleled views of the race, live music and entertainment, premium hospitality options and much more… what are you waiting for?

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Exclusive Lone Star Le Mans Hospitality Access with Ben Keating

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 @ 12:18 PM

Ben Keating has racing coursing through his veins. A son of Texas, Keating first started driving in 2006 after his wife had bought him a driving course as a Christmas present. Money well spent, you could say. Ever since, Keating has become an embodiment of American endurance racing.

Having made the jump to the American Le Mans series in 2013, he would finish 5th place in the GT-challenge series in the 12 Hours of Sebring. That same season, Keating scored his first victory at the Circuit of The Americas™ in front of friends and family.

In 2015, Keating would repeat the trick while racing in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship, only this time it was different. Dodge Vipers have always been a part of Keating’s life: He won five career championships in Vipers – including the 2011 and 2012 SRT Viper Cup.  

A Dream Fulfilled

Ben_Keating.pngHaving raced the 2013 season with Porsche in the GTC Class, Keating bided his time in the hope of being able to run in the Tudor Championship with a Viper. Keating’s time had come; he took a leap of faith and bought and developed the first car, with the help of Bill Riley, for what would become the Viper Exchange team. A realization of a life-long dreamed fulfilled by grit and determination.

Entries into the 24 Hours of Le Mans series have followed, with the No. 53 ViperExchange.com/ Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GTS-R having strong showings by being out in front and setting the fastest lap in class this past year. Unfortunately, mechanical issues ultimately sidelined the team in the 23rd hour of the race.

This year, Viper Exchange has again sponsored two Vipers, with Keating taking shifts in both the No. 93 and No. 33 in the 24 Hours of Daytona running back in January. The team will also be present at the Circuit of The Americas for the Lone Star Le Mans weekend, which kicks off September 15th.

With our exclusive hospitality, you will get the chance to meet and greet with the legend that is Ben Keating. Owner of Viper Exchange, Keating will give fans a unique insight into the ins and outs of racing life, the sacrifices that have to be made, the lows of experiencing mechanical issues that simply cannot be helped, and the extreme highs and sheer exhilaration of winning when it all comes together.  

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

3-DAY OR SINGLE DAY RACE TICKET

Your Thursday - Saturday Race Day views are from the Main Grandstand, Turn 1 & Turn 15, 
and extend to the Paddock Building on Friday & Saturday!

EXCLUSIVE HOSPITALITY

Track_COTA.pngLocated in the Paddock Building
Open Friday & Saturday

  • Appearance by Ben Keating
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Snack
    Friday
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Snack & Dinner
    Saturday
  • Full Premium Open Bar
    Friday & Saturday
  • Soft Drinks & Water
  • Seating in a Climate-Controlled Venue
  • Race Simulators
  • Closed-Circuit TV Coverage of Races
  • Interactive Experiences ...and more! 

Accommodation

RENAISSANCE AUSTIN, 24 Miles From COTA.

The Renaissance Austin Hotel is rich in distinct style and diverse personality characteristic of the Lone Star State. Nestled in the picturesque hills of Texas Hill Country, this luxury Austin hotel provides a tranquil environment surrounded by 95 acres, yet enjoys convenient proximity to Downtown Austin, the University of Texas, and the lively Sixth Street.

The Renaissance Austin Hotel offers guests exceptional amenities to enhance their visit. Indulge at one of the hotel’s three on-site restaurants specializing in savory local cuisine. Guests also have access to the on-site pool and fitness center. From the dramatic nine-story atrium to the stylish oversized rooms and fine dining, the upscale amenities rival the finest hotels in Austin, TX. Discover the charming grace and distinct elegance at the Renaissance Austin.

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COTA-USCC-3-3.jpgWitness the heart-pounding action of a weekend-long series of endurance racing  – reserve your ticket package now for Lone Star Le Mans! The pressure cooker that is Austin, Texas starts cooling off in September, but if you’re really looking to beat the heat, be sure to check out our ticket packages with premium covered seating.  You’ll enjoy unparalleled access to the Lone Star Le Mans, as well as a dual ticket to access the Paddock building for your exclusive on-site party!  Race Day views are open to the reserved areas in the Main Grandstand, turn 1 and turn 15 Thursday through Saturday, and extend to the Paddock Building on Friday and Saturday. It’s an opportunity you will not want to miss!

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Where You Should Sit at F1™ USGP for an Unforgettable Experience

Posted by Kristen Doolan on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 @ 11:47 AM

Whether this is your first time to the F1 USGP or your tenth time to the track, make sure you know all of your options for the upcoming race weekend. You aren’t going to want to miss the thrill of this race from October 21st- 23rd with 250,000+ of your closest friends.

Looking for a World Class Experience?

Then F1’s PADDOCK CLUB™ is for you! This uniCircuit-of-The-Americas-Experiences-F1-USGP-Paddock-08.jpgque experience is virtually the same at any location, no matter whether you are in Brazil or Austin, Texas. This impeccable venue offers the best views of the track along with many other amenities such as driver interviews, music entertainment, wine & champagne bars, morning refreshments and a 4 course gourmet dining experience. Not only will your in-suite hospitality provide a luxurious time, but with insider extras such as pit lane walk, access to support race paddock and F1 Village, the PADDOCK CLUB™ is the ultimate premium experience.

Elevate Your Seating with Style

Enjoy this track-sideCircuit-of-The-Americas-Experiences-F1-USGP-VIP-Trackside-Skybox-4.jpg, open-air, covered viewing platform with family, friends and Hollywood’s finest. VIP Skybox offers the comfort of stadium-style seating while providing the thrill of up-close views of the starting line, pit and Turn 1. This package comes with an F1™ driver autographed picture, in-circuit track shuttle, exclusive fast access pass and lanyard and ticket sleeve. Upgrade this option to include many other exclusive extras such as Legends Club Hospitality with celebrity appearances, gourmet food buffets, race simulators, soft drinks, beer and wine, and many more interactive experiences.  

Experience the Track Action

You won’t miss any of the action with this option! Gold B is located in the lower-level of the Main Grandstand. Whether you are trackside east or west these seats provide the ultimate viewing position of the pit stop, screaming straight, final turn and the finish line. This package includes an F1™ driver autographed picture, in-circuit track shuttle, fast access pass, lanyard and ticket sleeve, and the option to choose from Legends Club, hotel and/or transportation.

Get the Best of Both Worlds

Not sure where you want to sit or do you want to experience the track from three different Circuit-of-The-Americas-Experiences-F1-USGP-Track-Turn-1-Seating-3.jpgpoints of view? Then Circuit of the Americas™ Experiences Multi-Turn package is for you! Alternate from Turn 15 (Friday), Main Grandstand (Saturday) and Turn 1 (Sunday). This package’s exclusive insider extras include an F1™ driver autographed picture, in-circuit track shuttle, fast access pass and lanyard and ticket sleeve. Upgrade your experience by selecting from Legends Club, hotel and/or transportation.

Hit the Turns

Turn 1: Get the thrill of the action with this lower level, open-air seating option.Your package includes exclusive options from Legends Club to hotel and transportation and comes with all the amenities of all of our packages such as an F1™ driver autographed picture, in-circuit track shuttle, fast access pass and lanyard and ticket sleeve.

Turn 15: Don’t miss out on the most action packed turn at COTA. This open-air, lower level seat comes with an F1™ driver autographed picture, in-circuit track shuttle, fast access pass and lanyard and ticket sleeve – while maintaining your options to choose from Legends Club, hotel and/or transportation.

Be Cost-Effective

Turn 4: Watch the cars race around turns 3, 4, 5 and 6 with this package option. These bleacher style seats come with an F1™ driver autographed picture, in-circuit track shuttle, fast access pass and lanyard and ticket sleeve. Don’t forget to choose from your additional options of Legends Club, hotel and/or transportation.

Turn 12: Whether you have an upper-level view of the track or lower-level close-up view of the drivers, you can’t go wrong with Turn 12. These bleacher style seats come with an F1™ driver autographed picture, in-circuit track shuttle, fast access pass, lanyard and ticket sleeve, and gives you the options of Legends Club, hotel and/or transportation.

Bonus!

Add a sensational event on Friday to your race-weekend schedule. Lunch with a Legend is a unique event, where you can enjoy the opportuniCircuit-of-The-Americas-Experiences-F1-USGP-Legends-Club-Lunch-with-a-Legend-22.jpgty to have lunch with a Racing Legend. Hear stores of the racing world, journeys to the finish line and partake in a live question and answer session. This program runs from 11am-2pm and includes lunch, soft drinks, beer, wine and champagne. See the VIP option for additional exclusive inclusions.

Book Your Package Today!

With race weekend quickly approaching, you don’t want to miss out on the thrill, excitement and premium experience with COTA Experiences. Book your trip to Austin for a weekend of a lifetime from privileged viewing positions, gourmet food options, open bars, celebrity interactions and much more!

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First Timers Guide to The US Grand Prix!

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 @ 11:38 AM

The Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ at Circuit of the Americas™ in Austin, Texas is entering its fifth year. From October 21st on, over 250,000 people will flock to one of the world’s best race tracks. Our first timers guide will ensure you make the most of this once in a lifetime experience.

Having been staged at the Circuit of The Americas since 2012, the US Grand Prix has grown to be one of the most sought-after and exciting races on the F1 calendar. From the steep uphill hairpin into Turn One, this 3.4-mile long track has an undulating flow that encapsulates the site’s natural contour.

COTA_1-3.jpgIn Texas, everything is bigger. With COTA Experiences, we give race fans much more than just a race. Citing the fact that this year’s USGP will be the eighteenth on the race calendar and will ultimately prove pivotal on deciding where the world title ends up. On Saturday after qualifying, Austin360’s Amphitheatre, the largest permanent outdoor amphitheatre in Texas, will play host to multi-Grammy award winner Taylor Swift, which happens to be her ONLY concert for the entire year of 2016. This comes on top of fine dining.

An Unforgettable Experience!

What makes this weekend so unique is its ability to arrest the attention of the most avid race fan, while giving novices to the sport an experience they simply will not forget.

Open-wheeled, single-seat racing with some of the best paid sportspeople in the world travelling at ridiculously high speeds in multi-million dollar sports cars. That is essentially F1. It is the highest level of auto racing in the world and attracts over half a billion viewers in over 200 countries making it one of the most watched annual sporting championships on a global basis.

COTA_2.jpgThe Circuit of The Americas is a 1,000-acre facility with a 3.4-mile track designed by German engineer Hermann Tilke, it is the first purpose-built F1 facility in the United States. The track’s technical complexity as elevation changes throughout the 20-turn anticlockwise track. The track’s amphitheater will play host to Taylor Swift after qualifying on Saturday.  

Like all F1 race weekends, practice will take place on Friday, with qualifying on Saturday the curtain raiser before the main event of racing on Sunday. In between racing, enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Austin, Texas and everything it has to offer.  

Things to Do in Austin

Visit Baylor Street Art Wall. This is a place that truly captures the essence and uniqueness of Austin. Located on 11th and Baylor downtown, this ever-changing façade was once destined to be condos, but is now a canvas for local artists, and showcases what the city is really all about.  

Peckish? Thirsty? Formerly known as Pecan Street but now 6th, it is the hub of all things-nightlife in Austin. With bars, music venues and cafes aplenty, this is the place to be when the sun sets!

Situated on the grounds of Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool is the fourth largest spring fed pool in Texas with a constant 68-degree water temperature making it one of the best places to cool off during summer!

Of course, no trip to Austin would be complete without experiencing the “food truck” craze. Plan a day of food truck meals from different trailers, with anything from sushi to cupcakes on offer. Trust us, you won’t regret it!

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Alex_Rossi_1-1.jpgMake a trip to Austin with one of our exclusive ticket packages available only through Circuit of The Americas program. With our Legends Club Access, participate in a Q&A session with a racing legend while enjoying an appearance by Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi!

The weekend of a lifetime awaits you, witness the race from a privileged viewing positon, wine and dine with our gourmet fare and open bars. Take the pressure off yourself by adding exclusive ground transportation and hotel accommodations to make this a weekend you and your party will never forget!

 

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FEATURE: Indy 500 Winner Rossi Speaks to Us About His Whirlwind Year-To-Date

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

For as long as he can remember, Alexander Rossi has had a dream. Having moved to Europe at the age of 17 to chase that dream of becoming a Formula 1 driver, his life has been in fast-forward mode. This year, a win in the Indy 500 for Andretti Autosport/Bryan Herta Autosport has only further intensified what is set to be a career to remember for the Californian. He spoke to us exclusively about what lies ahead.

May 29, 2016 will be a turning point in Rossi’s career no matter what happens from here on in. Entering the Indy 500 as a rookie, Rossi gambled on fuel with 10 laps to go and finished the race on fumes, instantly becoming a National superstar. The gamble paid off.

“Personally, my life hasn’t changed that much. From a professional standpoint, it has opened a lot of doors and opportunities that I didn’t know existed that have come to be, and I am appreciative and thankful for that, and that will lead to the future and discussions for next year,” said Rossi.

Fruition of Dedication to his Craft

Alex_Rossi_2.jpgHis win was vindication of seven years of hard work. Having come into the Indy 500 on the back of some solid form, Rossi left his mark on the world. His return to the America and the IndyCar Series was a step into the unexplored after his time with Manor Racing in Formula One.

“It’s no secret we went through a lot of ups and downs, and a lot of difficult times in Europe. Coming back to the US was a bit of a risk for me, I was getting into something new and unknown. What we accomplished in May made me feel like it was the right decision to make (in winning the Indy 500).

Humble as ever, Rossi remains thankful for the opportunities he has been given. “A lot of what I have done has to do with the people within the organization and the people I get to work with every day at the Speedway.”

Success is not clean-cut, and after his win in the Indy 500, the debate over where his future lies only intensified. Rossi, as level-headed as ever, remains unwavered. The experience has been an enjoyable one – what lies ahead has only come to fruition through hard work and dedication to his craft.

“I’ve enjoyed racing in the IndyCar series more than I thought I would, and I would have said that even prior to the month of May. From the first race, I felt like I was at home. With that being said, going back to Europe in the support role for Manor, like anything in life, there are a lot of things I miss. I have opportunities now that I didn’t have three months ago and they need to be looked at carefully and analyzed before making the best decision for my career and the competitiveness of my career.”

Winning has been prominent throughout his career, but it has not always been a straightforward road to success as it currently appears to be. Tough decisions have become an embodiment of Rossi’s make-up. From an early age, he knew what he wanted and has not let anything stand in his way of realizing his ambitions.

“My dream was Formula 1 from day one, so moving to Europe (at the age of 17) wasn’t a difficult decision. In order to achieve my dream, I had to be racing in Europe and had to be proving myself.”

The Andretti Guidance

Rossi is in unchartered waters as a full-time drive as an American in F1 is on the horizon, but making the right decision is critical for the advancement of his career. In the Andretti family, he finds solace and guidance in them, something he finds invaluable.

“Mario is fantastic to have around, he is an inspiration to everyone around the team. Even beyond Mario, my working relationship with Michael is so strong, what he went through was very similar to me. He was an American guy who went over to Europe to race in F1 and he came back, and he dealt with the pressures and the transition of coming back, and he is someone I’ve relied heavily on this year. I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with them.”

Alex_Rossi_1.jpgA question which has been batted around for a long time, the future successes among American F1 drivers may rest prominently on this 24-year-old’s broad shoulders. With the emergence of the Circuit of the Americas in recent years, Rossi is hopeful the sport can grow as a whole, encouraging more drivers from America to take the plunge.

“A lot of it has to do with there being so many options here, the commitment that it takes for someone to leave to go do something so foreign is the main reason. The sport has grown a lot in the last five years, and a lot of that has to do with Circuit of the Americas and how great of a city Austin is. The presence in America is definitely growing, nevertheless there is not enough young guys growing up watching F1 and wanting to be drivers.”

Similar to his own career path to date, Rossi has never followed the trend. As a young pretender dreaming of driving in F1, his hero isn’t exactly who you’d expect.

“Mika Hakkinen (1998 and 1999 F1 World Champion) was one of my heroes growing up. I always went for underdogs and he was racing at a time when Michael (Schumacher) and Ferrari were so dominant, so he was always the guy I was cheering for.”

The Future Is Bright

Alex_Rossi_Manor-1.jpgNothing is a certainty in racing, but with Alexander Rossi, one thing that is also a given is this; expect to hear a hell of a lot more of this talented driver in the not-so distant future. An impressive 12th place finish last year for Manor Racing in the United Stated Grand Prix, Rossi will once again be back at the Austin venue in our Legends Club.

“Being able to represent America in the F1 environment is what I’m looking forward to most. Regardless of my role, I want to be an ambassador for the sport in America and grow it among the fans and share my story.”

Meet Rossi at Our Legends Club

F1_USGP-2.jpgDon’t miss your chance to meet Indy 500 winner and Formula One™ reserve driver Alexander Rossi in our Legends Club at the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™. Rossi, an IndyCar rookie who claimed the checkered flag at this year’s 100th Indy 500, will be on hand to meet and greet spectators at the Texas venue.  

The Legends Club Hospitality experience, available only through the Circuit of the Americas Experiences program, is available for Saturday and/or Sunday access. Indulge in the luxury of a private dining area featuring gourmet food, premium bars, interactive experiences, racing and celebrity appearances. This trackside venue is the perfect place to entertain clients to reunite with their group, with the benefit of sanctuary from the elements. 

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F1 Drivers and Off the Wall Superstitions

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 @ 03:13 PM

Despite multi-million dollar contracts, the globetrotting in their private jets and driving the world’s most expensive cars and bikes around the world’s most famous circuits, race drivers are human too. From odd numbers to lucky colors, drivers too are superstitious, and have their own unique rituals.  

Schumacher-2.jpgFormula 1™’s most successful driver of all-time, Michael Schumacher, was incredibly superstitious. From an early age, the German only raced in odd-numbered cars. This came to the fore in 2010 when Schumacher, returning after a three-year hiatus, signed with the Mercedes team. Upon signing, the seven-time world champion requested he swap numbers with teammate Nico Rosberg for superstitious reasons. The team duly obliged.

Odd numbers are not Schumacher's only foible. The German always wore a ceramic amulet, given to him by his wife and with the initials of his family members, during his time at Ferrari.

In 2004, he left it in his hotel in Bahrain and a team member had to rush and collect it before the race, which Schumacher then won. The German said later that the amulet had made "perhaps the decisive difference."

Furthermore, he raced with a toy hairbrush given to him by his daughter in his overalls pocket. Seven world titles later, his intricacies seemed to do the job.

From the Left, Right?

Schumacher’s compatriot Adrian Sutil had a set routine. The former Force India driver always had to put his right glove and right boot on before stepping into the car from the right side. “The whole race weekend is a routine. Same schedule, same program, same questions. First I’ll wear the top and then the lowers. It’s a sequence. I always step into the car from the right side. I wear the right glove first and wear the right boot first. All the preparation has to be the same,” he said back in 2009. Current Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg only gets into the car from the left side. Whatever floats your boats, guys.

Former Formula 1 driver and two-time winner of 24 Hours of Le Mans Alexander Wurz had the tendency to wear two different colored shoes in the race. Current FIA WEC driver Nick Heidfeld chooses to wear two wrist watches while racing. His timing wasn’t always on point, as Heidfeld holds the unenviable record of most podium finishes without a victory (13) in F1 history.

D_Coulthard.jpgPerhaps the oddest of all superstitions lies solely in the lap of Scottish driver David Coutlhard. The now-retired F1™ pilot, who experienced a great deal of success at the turn of the century with the McLaren team, had a pair of lucky underpants. The pair were apparently so ‘lucky’ that Coulthard frequented these lucky pants until they actually wore out.  

 

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F1_USGP-1.jpgRest assured, lucky underwear, sixth watches on your right wrist and four on the left – whatever it may be, this season’s championship race will go right down to the wire. As the drama unfolds in the year’s remaining races, why not take the unique opportunity to witness the action up close and personal at October 23rd’s FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™, which takes place at Circuit of The Americas™ in Austin, Texas.

Kick off your Formula One Paddock Club™ access with Grand Prix Experiences – it’s literally the best seat in the house!  Enjoy the luxury that the Paddock Club offers with privileged views of the race, gourmet food spreads, an exclusive Pit Lane Walk, access to the Support Race Paddock, and much, much more!

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Lone Star Le Mans: A Weekend Built For Race Fans

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Tue, Aug 09, 2016 @ 08:35 AM

Race fans; a weekend of top-class racing awaits this September. Lone Star Le Mans returns to Circuit of The Americas™ from September 16th, with featured races in the FIA World Endurance Championship, WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Porsche GT3 Cup taking center stage. With COTA Experiences, you’ll have access to premium seating locations on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with views of the main straight, Turns 1 and 15, and the finish line.

You will have unrestricted access to the Paddock Building and exclusive on-site party on Friday and Saturday.

What Can I Expect to See?

FIA World Endurance Championship

FIA_WEC.jpgSix straight hours of racing at Circuit of The Americas – thrilling to watch, but nerve-racking to execute!  This flagship event for the Lone Star Le Mans features endurance racing as drivers anticipate the cornerstone event, 24 Hours of Le Mans.  Fuel economy and machine reliability are key factors in endurance racing, as the goal is to make as few pit stops as possible due to refueling and mechanical failures.

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

North America’s newest and most popular sports car series, the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, serves as one of the featured events for Lone Star Le Mans weekend.  Four classes exist in this series: Prototype, Prototype Challenge, GT Le Mans, and GT Daytona.  Though qualifying is separated by classes, all are included in the race itself.

Porsche GT3 Cup

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge is a series that will take place in two parts over the course of the weekend.  Semi-professional drivers compete in a one-make championship that seeks to level the playing field by putting all drivers behind the wheel of the Porsche 911 GT3 cup car.  Drivers’ skills and handling are at the forefront of each race, which is intended to groom drivers for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.                             

PACKAGE INCLUIONS

3-DAY OR SINGLE DAY RACE TICKET

Your Thursday - Saturday Race Day views are from the Main Grandstand, Turn 1 & Turn 15,
and extend to the Paddock Building on Friday & Saturday!

EXCLUSIVE INSIDER EXTRAS

  • Official Program
  • Lanyard and Ticket Sleeve

EXCLUSIVE HOSPITALITY

Located in the Paddock Building
Open Friday & Saturday

  • Special Appearance Meet & Greet
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Snack
    Friday
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Snack & Dinner
    Saturday
  • Full Premium Open Bar
    Friday & Saturday
  • Soft Drinks & Water
  • Seating in a Climate-Controlled Venue
  • Race Simulators
  • Closed-Circuit TV Coverage of Races
  • Interactive Experiences ...and more! 

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Accommodation

RENAISSANCE AUSTIN, 24 Miles From COTA.

The Renaissance Austin Hotel is rich in distinct style and diverse personality characteristic of the Lone Star State. Nestled in the picturesque hills of Texas Hill Country, this luxury Austin hotel provides a tranquil environment surrounded by 95 acres, yet enjoys convenient proximity to Downtown Austin, the University of Texas, and the lively Sixth Street.

The Renaissance Austin Hotel offers guests exceptional amenities to enhance their visit. Indulge at one of the hotel’s three on-site restaurants specializing in savory local cuisine. Guests also have access to the on-site pool and fitness center. From the dramatic nine-story atrium to the stylish oversized rooms and fine dining, the upscale amenities rival the finest hotels in Austin, TX. Discover the charming grace and distinct elegance at the Renaissance Austin.

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Legends_Club_Access-2.jpgWitness the heart-pounding action of endurance racing coupled with milder weather – reserve your ticket package now for Lone Star Le Mans! The pressure cooker that is Austin, Texas starts cooling off in September, but if you’re really looking to beat the heat, be sure to check out our ticket packages with premium covered seating.  You’ll enjoy unparalleled access to the Lone Star Le Mans, as well as a dual ticket to access the Paddock building for your exclusive on-site party!  Race Day views are open to the reserved areas in the Main Grandstand, turn 1 and turn 15 Thursday through Saturday, and extend to the Paddock Building on Friday and Saturday. It’s an opportunity you will not want to miss!

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Hamilton “Unbeatable” After Fourth Consecutive Victory

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Tue, Aug 02, 2016 @ 11:19 AM

In racing, timing is everything. After last weekend’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, the last race before Formula 1™ heads off on a four-week summer break, Lewis Hamilton roared his way back into command of the season with another dominant victory.

Lewis_Hamilton-1.jpgDespite his early season mechanical problems, defending world champion Lewis Hamilton has overturned a 43-point deficit into a 19-point championship lead by winning six of the last seven races.  Speaking after the race, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff described Hamilton as “unbeatable”, words which will not be of comfort to teammate Nico Rosberg.

“That guy is very talented and has speed and on his day, I think he is unbeatable,” said Wolff.

“But then it is a mechanical sport and he is human and you can have good days and bad days and that is why he is not winning every race. I really admire the way it is going. The ping pong between the two and the way it is coming back."

Indeed, it would be naïve of Hamilton to think he is unbeatable, with undoubted grid penalties on their way for the Mercedes team for previous misdemeanors earlier in the season, this championship race is far from over.

A Turning Point

Make no mistake about it though, Sunday’s race was a turning point in the season. Having won from second place on the grid with his nearest rival Rosberg finishing fourth, Hamilton now feels more in control.

“It definitely feels better than being six points ahead. I didn’t know until I got into the pen that I was 19 points ahead. I still hadn’t figured it out. It’s still not enough because I’m not a race win ahead yet. If I get a race win ahead then I will feel I was ahead.”

Hamilton has become the first person ever to win four races in a calendar month, with imperious form in July. For Rosberg, his race summary was far from positive in the wake of a fourth placed finish last weekend. The summer break is coming at the perfect time for Rosberg. For Hamilton, a pause in momentum might be the only thing that keeps him from a fourth world title.

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COTA_1-2.jpgRest assured, this season’s championship race will go right down to the wire. As the drama unfolds in the year’s remaining races, why not take the unique opportunity to witness the action up close and personal at October 23rd’s FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™, which takes place at Circuit of The Americas™ in Austin, Texas.

Kick off your Formula One Paddock Club™ access with Grand Prix Experiences – it’s literally the best seat in the house!  Enjoy the luxury that the Paddock Club offers with privileged views of the race, gourmet food spreads, an exclusive Pit Lane Walk, access to the Support Race Paddock, and much, much more!

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Legends Club Access at COTA™!

Legends_Club_Access.jpgWith COTA Experiences Legends Club Access, our hospitality is unbeatable, and is only available through our Circuit of The Americas program. An appearance by this year’s Indy 500 Champion Alexander Rossi as well as a ‘Lunch With A Legend’ will allow fans a unique opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with a racing legend while enjoying gourmet fare.

The weekend of a lifetime awaits you; unrestricted access all weekend to the Circuit of The Americas track, as drivers tackle the demanding challenges this unparalleled circuit has to offer. Our hospitality gives you a platform like no other to make sure your Grand Prix experience will be memorable. Don’t miss your chance to experience this once in a lifetime event.

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Why The Circuit of The Americas™ Experience Is Unbeatable

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 @ 02:40 PM

Since returning to its current home in Austin, Texas back in 2012, the US Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas™ has become the unmissable event on the race calendar. The first purpose-built F1™ facility in the United States, no other venue gives fans an experience of such uniqueness. Unrivalled wheel-to-wheel racing to the elevation changes throughout the 20-turn anticlockwise track, race fans experience is on another level, it’s all-consuming; because everything is bigger (and here, better) in Texas, right?

“No other venue delivers so much when it comes to adding value to the sporting experience”


COTA_1-1.jpgDesigned by renowned circuit designer Hermann Tilke, the German engineer took the concept of combining fans’ favorite corners from different tracks around the globe. It’s fast, undulating flow across its 3.4-mile circuit immerses the site’s natural contour. The steep uphill hairpin into Turn One is the track’s signature sight, with creator Tilke basing Turns 16 through mirroring the multi-apex Turn Eight at the Turkish Grand Prix.

Arguably the most rounded driver of all-time, Mario Andretti, the 1978 F1 World and IndyCar Champion is a big fan. “This track is phenomenal. It has all the features that race-car drivers are looking for, as far as giving them the opportunity to overtake other drivers. Bottom line, there’s some really terrific racing out there.”

Much More Than Just A Race

What sets Circuit of The Americas apart from its competitors is really quite simple, it is so much more than just a race. Without even mentioning the fact that the race is the eighteenth on the race calendar (so its outcome will be pivotal in deciding the drivers’ championship), with a COTA Experiences three-day package, your unrestricted viewing of the race itself and fine dining comes with add-ons. On Saturday after qualifying, Austin360’s Amphitheatre the largest permanent outdoor amphitheatre in Texas, will play host to mutli-Grammy award winner Taylor Swift, which happens to be her ONLY concert for the entire year of 2016. Blood pumping ahead of the USGP weekend starting October 21st? Shake it off, there’s still time to get your VIP access.

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Alexander_Rossi.jpgWith COTA Experiences Legends Club Access, our hospitality is unbeatable, and is only available through Circuit of The Americas program. An appearance by this year’s winner Indy 500 Champion Alexander Rossi as well as a ‘Lunch With A Legend’ will allow fans a unique opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with a racing legend while enjoying gourmet fare.

The weekend of a lifetime awaits you; unrestricted access all weekend to the Circuit of The Americas track, as drivers tackle the demanding challenges this unparalleled circuit has to offer. Our hospitality gives you a platform like no other to make sure your Grand Prix experience will be memorable. Don’t miss your chance to experience this once in a lifetime event!

Get Legends Club Access Today!

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