What exactly is the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship™ and the FIA World Endurance Championship™ anyway? In 2014, a new era of sports car racing begins, as the American Le Mans Series and Rolex Sports Car Series come together to become the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (USCC) and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
Back in 2012, both series recognized the opportunity to grow the sport and the two announced that they would combine to form one series, beginning in 2014. We are finally here folks –2014!
The reveal date for the new series was March 14, 2013 at the Chateau Élan Hotel and Conference Center at Sebring International Raceway, two days before the 12 Hours of Sebring, located in Florida. The new era kicked off with the season-opener, Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Along with all the excitement for the new series, one of the most talked about, new LMP2 cars is set to finally make its debut in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship later this year. The plans revealed a campaign for the Ligier JS P2 in the final three Prototype rounds of the 2014 season.
The Tudor United SportsCar Championship is a sports car racing series based in the United States and Canada, and organized by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA).
There are four different classes in the United SportsCar Championship series, two sports prototype categories and two grand tourer classes:
- Prototype (P) class, combining GRAND-AM's Daytona Prototypes plus the ALMS' P2 and DeltaWing car.
- Prototype Challenge (PC), retained from the current ALMS class structure.
- GT Le Mans (GTLM), consisting of the ALMS' current GT class.
- GTD (GT Daytona), consisting of GRAND-AM's, GT class and the ALMS' current GTC class
Some races may only use selected classes of cars. For example, any class car may be permitted entry into the Rolex 24, while at the Grand Prix of Long Beach only the Prototype (P) and GT Le Mans (GTLM) will be entered.
OR teams and drivers are in direct competition with those cars in the same category, but all four categories share the race track…at the same time.
There are 13 circuits on the 2014 calendar. Some of the major circuits include Austin, Daytona, Long Beach, Road Atlanta, and Sebring.
Be At The Inaugural Season!
Official Ticket Packages to the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship & FIA World Endurance Championship in Austin, Texas are customizable and available for individuals, large groups and corporate events or incentive trips. Your tickets, VIP access, transportation, hotel accommodations and more will be packaged together to fulfill all of your reservation needs.
The Circuit of The Americas Experiences exclusive Hospitality Party Venue offers a private dining area in close proximity to your track seating at the circuit, great views, and seating as close as you can get! The venue features food, premium bars, simulcast televisions, racing legend appearances, and more! Don’t miss out on this specular event!
Did we not promise an exciting 2014 MotoGP™ season or what!? Reigning world champion Marc Marquez is at it again, winning the MotoGP opener in Qatar this past weekend. It turned out to be a battle of the ages, the young champion against the motorcycling racing legend, Valentino Rossi.
Despite doubts due to a broken ankle weeks before the opener, Marc Marquez picked up exactly where he left off last year. He took control in his Repsol Honda with nine of the 22 laps remaining but Rossi was quickly on his tail in his classic Yamaha. The race was neck and neck with the lead switching riders until Marquez pushed to 100%, gaining the lead entering the final lap.
The 21 year old had lost his pole advantage just seconds after the race started, making the victory even sweeter. Marquez told BT Sport, "I enjoyed a lot that race, especially after the injury. I didn't expect that race, honestly. But yesterday I had a good feeling and today the last lap with Valentino, I didn't think about the leg and the injury”.
Even though Rossi didn’t win, he had his reasons to smile. "I was a little bit not precise in my mind because I said, 'What do I do? Do I attack?'" Rossi told BT Sport. "But starting from 10th, second is a great result.”
On the other hand, Rossi’s teammate, Jorge Lorenzo did not have any reasons to smile. The two-time MotoGP world champion and last year’s winner in Qatar, crashed in just the first lap. Luckily, he was unhurt and will be racing April 13th in Austin.
What did you think of the results? Do you think Marquez will pull off a win at COTA? Tell us in the comments below.
See MotoGP Takeover Austin!
With the first race under our belts, riders are already preparing for the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, which kicks-off in 20 days! Marquez is obviously the man to watch coming in off the big win in Qatar, but Rossi and Lorenzo are the ones who are not going to let the young buck sneak away with another victory. It will be 210 mph of pure thrill –you cannot miss the world’s most talented and skilled riders!
Whether you are an individual or a corporate group, Circuit of The Americas Experiences will provide a unique and unforgettable experience. The race following the season opener is always one full of excitement and nail-biting racing. Come see the exceptional views with VIP access, amenities, and track tours through COTA Official packages.
Thrill seekers look no further! Turn Packages are in perfect locations to spot overtaking riders in strategic points in the race. You’ll see break away straights with top speeds of 210 mph all in privilege seating areas that include a variety of insider extras.
With incredible views of the Start/Finish line, the Pit Lane and the MotoGP Paddock –the Official Paddock Building Packages are another package to ensure a unique weekend, not to mention the delicious catering and exclusive entertainment.
Want to experience luxury with a side of heart pumping action? The Main Grandstand Package is full of fantastic views of the starting grid, to the screaming straight, Turn 1, the final turn, the finish line, the pit area, and 3 large big screens directly in front of the Main Grandstand to ensure you don’t miss any action, to insider extras and VIP access. These packages are calling your name!
This April, the world’s most skilled riders will compete in the MotoGP™ World Championship at Circuit of The Americas. Last year, motoracing fans gathered from all around the world in Austin, Texas to watch Marc Marquez become the youngest rider to ever win a MotoGP™ championship. Based on the races that have already been taking place this year, the 2014 race at Circuit of The Americas is looking to be just as intense.
Now, this is the good part. Last year Circuit of The Americas Experiences brought you Official Ticket Packages to MotoGP™ that had great inclusions and VIP opportunities to make your experience in Austin unbelievable. Well, if you can even imagine, these ticket packages have gotten even better for this year!
MotoGP™ Official Ticket Packages
There are so many different things that make Official Circuit of The Americas Experiences Ticket Packages stand apart. Let’s start with the fact that they’re direct from the source. You will have the peace of mind that there is no risk when purchasing your tickets and the knowledge that all your inclusions are guaranteed.
In addition, since these are ticket “packages,” everything is bundled into one fixed price with no hidden fees!
Another great feature is that with Official Ticket Packages you will receive early shipping, meaning that your ticket will be in your hands weeks before the race. Plus, since Circuit of The Americas Experiences accommodates large groups and corporate functions, you have the guarantee that your whole group can sit together, not be spread out across the stands.
Are you convinced yet? Take a look at what the Official 2014 MotoGP™ Ticket Package includes:
With MotoGP™ ticket packages, you’ll receive VIP access to an in-track hospitality venue all weekend long. This venue will open when the track opens in the morning and will be available to you until the end of the races each day. Here you’ll receive complimentary gourmet food, a premium open bar, comfortable seating and closed circuit TV coverage of the races.
With so many races all day long, it can get tiring being in the stands the entire time. The hospitality venue offers a great place to relax out of the Austin elements and still be able to watch the race. Since it’s inside Circuit of The Americas, you don’t have to worry about leaving and reentering the track. Plus, if you and your group happen to get disconnected, it’s a great place to meet up.
Official Ticket Packages also grant you VIP Access to private security entrances, allowing you to skip the crowds, access to the Pit Lane Walk, celebrity appearances and more!
Remember that bundled concept mentioned earlier? This is where that comes in. MotoGP™ draws in a huge crowd to Austin and booking a hotel or getting transportation to Circuit of The Americas can be difficult. Luckily, Official MotoGP™ Ticket Packages include these items!
Circuit of The Americas Experiences offers luxurious accommodations in their ticket packages. This means that you can opt for hotel when you’re selecting your package, taking part of the trip planning off your hands.
In addition, transportation can be included to and from the hotel. Traffic and parking becomes very hectic when so many people are arriving at the track at once. With this option, you can get picked up in the morning and dropped off at night, allowing you to relax instead of stress out about traffic.
At the track, there is also an in-circuit track shuttle than will take you and your group around to different turns. This way, you can see all the vantage points of Circuit of The Americas without having to make the trek along the outside.
MotoGP™ World Championship Official Ticket Packages have just gotten better and you’re getting the exclusive first look! Get more information on Circuit of The Americas Experiences ticket packages today to find out how you can be at MotoGP™ this April!
Formula One™ racing is a fast-moving, hair-raising, eye-popping, nerve-racking sport. And that’s probably why it draws such a diverse crowd! One of these crowds being the VIPs – celebrities. Recently, Hollywood stars have found an interest in F1®, and Circuit of The Americas™ Experiences answered with the VIP Trackside Skybox, better known as the Celebrity Skybox.
What makes the Celebrity Skybox so unique? You can be there too! With Circuit of The Americas™ Experiences’ Official Ticket Packages you can gain exclusive access to the Celebrity Skybox during the race, allowing you to meet A-List celebrities!
The following stars are confirmed:
Val Kilmer - Val Kilmer is known for being one of the most prolific actors of his generation. His most famous films include Batman Forever, Tombstone and Top Gun. He has also made several Broadway appearances in shows such as Slab Boys, Henry IV: Part One, As You Like Itand Hamlet. He is currently performing in the one-man show about Mark Twain entitled, Citizen Twain.
Nichole Galicia – You probably recognize her from Quentin Tarantino’s recent film, Django Unchained. Galicia starred as “Sheba,” Leonardo DiCaprio’s love interest. Galicia is also well-respected in the fashion industry as she came into the spotlight as a high fashion model.
Taboo - Jaime Luis Gómez, known as Taboo, is a member of the Black Eyed Peas. He has also made several movie appearances in films such as Dirty and Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.
Rick Yune - Known for his appearances in action movies and television shows, Rick Yune has built a respected acting career. Films that he is most known for are The Fast and the Furious, Ninja Assassin, The Man with the Iron Fists, and most recent, Olympus Has Fallen. Television shows that he has made appearances in are Alias, Boston Legal and Hawaii Five-O.
Jake LaMotta - With 83 wins under his belt, Jake LaMotta is one of boxing's most celebrated and influential celebrities. He has earned the titles Middleweight Champion of the World and was ranked from Ring Magazine as the #7 All-Time Middleweight Champion.
And stay tuned because there are even more stars on the way!
Experience Formula 1™ Like a Celebrity
The Celebrity Skybox is a truly unique way to experience the F1® race at Circuit of The Americas™. Besides the obvious fact of Hollywood stars being inside this hospitality venue, you’ll be treated like a VIP yourself with excellent service, exclusive access and great inclusions.
The Skybox has an up-close view of the starting line. It also allows you to see the battle for the pole position through Turn 1, the Grid walk and all the Pit action! Not to mention, the Skybox is a covered hospitality venue, so despite what the weather decides to do, it’s not an issue.
During the race days, you’ll receive beverage service at your seat, an open bar and gourmet food while you mingle with celebrities! You’ll also receive an exclusive Fast Access Pass allowing you to enter the track through the VIP line, letting you skip the crowds.
Remember the great inclusions that were mentioned before? The Celebrity Skybox Official Ticket Package also includes the Friday afternoon Lunch with a Legend. You’ll get to have VIP front row seating to meet Sir Jackie Stewart! You’ll receive a personally autographed photo of Stewart and complimentary beer, wine and champagne.
The Skybox also grants you access to the Legends Club hospitality venue as well. Here you will find delicious food, a full open bar and closed circuit TV coverage of the race, all in a climate controlled venue. Plus, you’ll also have the opportunity to meet F1® Team Sauber driver, Esteban Gutiérrez!
The Celebrity Skybox ticket package includes everything you could ever want to have in a Formula 1™ VIP experience – right down to accommodations and transportation.
With the F1® Celebrity Skybox Official Ticket Package, you can opt in for luxurious hotels accommodations to be included in your ticket package price. That eliminates the hassle for you. In addition, Circuit of The Americas™ Experiences will provide exclusive ground transportation to and from the track and there is in-circuit shuttle access for you.
Does the Formula 1™ Celebrity Skybox sound like the VIP experience you’re looking for in Austin? Get more information now and plan the VIP trip of a lifetime with some of your favorite Hollywood stars!
Have you ever attended a Formula 1™ race and thought, “This is great, but it’d be even better if I could see more of the track!”? Or maybe you’re planning on attending your first race and you want to make sure you don’t miss any of the action. Well, Circuit of The Americas Experiences has granted those wishes!
Circuit of The Americas is a huge track – that’s no secret! The track is 3.4 miles of twists and turns that you don’t want to miss. All of the stands offer great views of this fast paced action, but each one offers a different view. For example, you could be in Turn 12 and be completely oblivious to what is happening at Turn 5! Granted, there are big screens so you can keep up with the action, but when you’re attending the race, you want to see it!
So what’s the fix? Official Multi-Turn Ticket Packages! Think about it! With these ticket packages, you can now watch F1® the way it was meant to be watched, from different vantage points!
Interested? Of course you are! Check out how the awesome vantage points you could have:
One of the greatest things about Turn 5 is that it’s an open area, meaning that you can see Turns 16, 17 and 18 as well. The Formula 1™ drivers are forced to show their skill as they race through the Esses and it allows you to see exactly what they are capable of.
What makes Turn 12 unique is that you could have a completely different race experience from the top and bottom of the stands. From the higher portion of the stands, you can see majority of Circuit of The Americas. However, from the lower part of the stands, you can get up close view of the drivers as they maneuver the twists and turns.
Turn 15 allows you to see the true power of a Formula 1™ car. As the cars exit the turn, they accelerate in a matter of seconds and you get to see the action up close! This Turn is also located next to the Grand Plaza.
Formula 1™ Official Multi-Turn Ticket Package Inclusions
Multi-Turn ticket packages have other great inclusions besides letting you have a different point of view each day at the track. For starters, this ticket package grants you access to the Exclusive Circuit Tour and Party when you arrive Thursday. This party features behind the scenes tours of the track and a private performance by American Idol® winner, Taylor Hicks. You know who else you could meet at this party? Mario Andretti!
Then you get to select whether or not you want to be a part of Lunch with a Legend or if you want access to the Legends Club Hospitality Area.
Lunch with a Legend: Held on Friday afternoon inside the Legends Club. You can have a gourmet lunch with beer, wine and champagne while participating in a Q&A Session with Sir Jackie Stewart!
Legends Club: Enjoy access to hospitality during the races on Saturday and Sunday. Inside the Legends Club you’ll enjoy complimentary soft beverages and a cash bar for premium beverages inside a climate controlled venue. You’ll also find gourmet food buffets and closed circuit TV coverage of the race, so even though you stepped in out of the elements, you won’t miss a minute of the action.
Inside the Legends Club, you’ll also have the opportunity to meet Team Sauber Driver, Esteban Gutiérrez!
Finally, your Official Formula 1™ Multi-Turn Ticket Package includes luxurious hotel accommodations, transportation to and from the track, and an exclusive Fast Access Pass allowing you to enter the track in the VIP line. You will also have a complimentary in-track shuttle that will take you to and from the turns so you don’t have to walk the distance.
Does the F1® Multi-Turn ticket package sound like the best experience for you? Then find out how you can see Formula 1™ how it was meant to be seen from different turns at Circuit of The Americas!
Since you’re reading this article, you’re probably attending or have hopes of attending the 2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ this November. So you probably sought information in the most common way: opened your internet browser and searched “Formula 1 tickets” or “Formula 1 ticket packages.” Not surprisingly, several different ads and many pages then appeared on your screen offering you information on how to get tickets to the race.
Most likely, you click through a couple of different pages to look at seats and pricing to figure out what is the best fit for you and your guests. As you’re browsing, there’s one word you see every once in a while paired with “ticket packages.” Hospitality. And it piques your interest.
What are these hospitality packages? Luckily for you, I’ve got your insider’s scoop right here.
So brace yourself as you’re going to learn everything you need to know about Formula 1® hospitality packages for the race at Circuit of The Americas™.
An Escape From the Elements
Hospitality venues are an escape from the elements of the race. Generally, the weather in Austin, Texas during November is rather mild, but with weather, you have to expect the unexpected. It’s impossible to know in advance if you are going to run into rain showers or if the heat will be overwhelming.
With a hospitality venue, you’re guaranteed comfort. You are given the opportunity to escape the elements for a climate controlled venue, while still watching the race and getting some great inclusions.
The inclusions that come with a hospitality venue take your Formula 1® experience to the next level. Inside the venue is a gourmet food buffet, soft drinks and a cash bar for premium beverages. Not to mention, there is closed circuit TV coverage of the race so you don’t miss a minute of the action.
Additionally, depending on what package you choose, there is exclusive transportation to and from Circuit of The Americas™, so you don’t have to worry about traffic or driving. Plus, you get exclusive fast pass access, allowing you to skip the lines. You will even have an exclusive in-track shuttle, so if you picked a package with multiple turn seating, you can get there quickly instead of walking around the massive track.
Finally, you can even select to have hotel accommodations included in your ticket package. It is impossible to get all these inclusions without a hospitality ticket package!
Meet Racing Celebrities
Do the names Mario Andretti, Sir Jackie Stewart and Esteban Gutiérrez mean anything to you? In the Legends Club hospitality venue, you could meet one or all of these guys! From the Thursday night to the race on Saturday, these guys will be making exclusive appearances, doing Q&A’s and meeting their fans (excuse me, YOU!).
Do you know what you would say if you had the chance to talk to Mario Andretti? It might be time to start thinking! His appearance will be at the Thursday Night Circuit Tour and Party. You know who else will be there? American Idol® winner, Taylor Hicks, will be giving an exclusive performance!
So if you haven’t caught on by now, hospitality venues for the 2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ are the only way to get the full experience. Attending this race at Circuit of The Americas™ is a feat that many race fans wish they could check off their bucket list.
Get your Circuit of The Americas™ Experiences Official Ticket Packages today and ensure that you get the true Formula 1® experience this November!
Circuit of The Americas™ is a huge track with tons of seating areas, making it hard to figure out the best place to sit for the Formula 1™ race. It doesn’t help that ticket websites can get confusing with all the options they have available and their wordy descriptions. Sometimes we just want to see a picture!
So in my efforts to help you see where you would be sitting, I’ve compiled pictures of the different stands at different turns of the track so that you can make an informed and quick decision on what packages to purchase.
It’s time to put the car in drive and race forward to finding your seat for F1® at Circuit of The Americas™!
Views From The Main Grandstand
The Main Grandstand is right in the action. Located right below the stands is the start and finish line, not to mention the pit area. Sitting here, you would get to witness the fast changes of the pit crew, the start, and the finish. Not to mention, the Grandstand Big Screens cover the entire track action so you never miss a move. Also, your Hospitality Party Venue is located right around the corner, which gives you convenient access in between the racing action!
Check out our Main Grandstand Packages >>
Views From Turn 1
Turn 1 is a great location to watch the race! The stands are elevated to 133 feet giving you a spectacular view of Circuit of The Americas™. This turn gives you the opportunity to see the starting line and the main straight, while being right at the Legends Club where you can meet racing celebrities and legends.
Check out our Turn 1 Packages >>
View From Turn 5
Turn 5 gives you an awesome vantage point of several different turns in the track, such as turns 16, 17, and 18. As the F1® cars race through the Esses, you can really see what these drivers are capable of. Packages with this stand include an appearance by Mario Andretti and a performance by American Idol® winner, Taylor Hicks.
Check out our Turn 5 Packages >>
View From Turn 12
From the high stands in Turn 12, you can see most of Circuit of The Americas™, allowing you to catch most of the action. From the lower seats in the stands, you get a close-up view of the drivers as the maneuvers the twists and turns. Packages with this turn also give you access to the Legends Club to meet some of racing’s biggest celebrities.
Check out our Turn 12 Packages >>
View From Turn 15
Turn 15 puts you the best position to see the action up-close. As the F1® cars exit the turn, you get to see how fast they can accelerate in just seconds. In addition to putting you next to COTA’s Grand Plaza, you also get access to the Legends Club with this package.
Check out our Turn 15 Packages >>
You’ve now had an opportunity to get an inside look at all the seating areas that Circuit of The Americas™ offers. So what are you waiting for?! It’s time to book your F1® experience today!