— COTA (@circuitamericas) February 4, 2016
Oh, we know the feeling. We’re pretty fired up about all the high-speed action headed to Circuit of The Americas™ this year, beginning in just under a month! From two wheels to four, experience everything these powerful, world-class machines have to offer right here in the United States. Not quite sure what to expect? Let us fill you in on all the racing you won’t want to miss this year!
Pirelli World Challenge
March 5th – 6th, 2016
The 2016 season of the Pirelli World Challenge begins at COTA in March this year! These days, the World Challenge is a North American production-based race series that enables teams, manufacturers, and aftermarket suppliers to put the efficacy of their vehicles on display for the world to see. PWC is known for standing starts, seven total classes, and the prestigious names of the manufacturers who enter their machines. Each race in the PWC is essentially a sprint timed at 50 minutes, meaning that pit stops and driver changes are rare – we dare you to get bored watching this series.
Austin MotoGP™ Championship
April 8th – 10th, 2016
The cutting-edge motorcycle technology and prototype machinery developed for MotoGP™ competitions are capable of producing over 200hp, going 0-60 mph in three seconds, and achieving lean angles as low as 45 degrees. Tensions ran high in the MotoGP world towards the end of the 2015 season, eventually culminating in fingers being pointed and accusations of conspiracy among certain riders and teams. While bad blood may not be pretty to watch after the race, witnessing these drivers take out their frustrations with one another on the track is bound to be entertaining as the 2016 season begins! Circuit of The Americas is currently slated to be the third stop on the 2016 MotoGP calendar.
Lone Star Le Mans
September 16th – 18th, 2016
The Lone Star Le Mans may not possess a lengthy history, but it does boast a line-up that makes car enthusiasts drool. It brings together the most gorgeous automobiles and groundbreaking technological innovations each year to form one of the most exciting racing events on American soil. These state-of-the-art vehicles compete on COTA’s recently-built track styled for Formula 1™ racing, featuring 19 total turns and a 133-foot climb into a blind left turn. Though a number of races are run, the highlights of the weekend are the FIA World Endurance Championship and the TUDOR Championship, which typically take place on Saturday.
Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™
October 21st – 23rd, 2016
See the world’s most complex and innovative vehicles put to the test as they compete on one of the most exciting and challenging tracks in Formula 1! If you’re an F1™ fan, you already know that COTA is one of the most popular tracks on the calendar. It’s one of just four anti-clockwise tracks on the schedule, featuring 19 turns and a 133-foot climb into a blind left turn. The layout borrows features from classic circuits around the world, providing both a demanding challenge for drivers and spectacular entertainment for fans. COTA will be one of the final stops on the 2016 F1 calendar, meaning it could ultimately decide the outcome of the drivers’ championship.