The 2014 Formula 1™ season is coming to a close, but not before it makes its way to Austin, Texas for the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ at Circuit of The Americas™! It's the only time F1™ will make its way into the United States during this season and the sport couldn't have selected a better venue.
The circuit is only a few years old, having hosted its first USGP in 2012, and the dramatic landscape of Austin allows the track to feature turns inspired by other world-reknown circuits. Essentially, Circuit of The Americas™ allows drivers to go around the world in 20 turns!
Take a look at what makes this circuit unique, participate in a virtual tour of the track, and learn why drivers, teams and F1™ fans all share a love for Circuit of The Americas™!
Circuit of The Americas™: Constructed to Allow YOU to Travel the F1™ World!
Construction began at Circuit of The Americas™ in 2011, with Formula 1's debut taking place in the 2012 season. It's the only FIA-certified Grade 1 track located within the United States and it's one of only 26 Grade 1 certified motorsports facilities in the world! If you ask us, that's quite the resume.
The circuit boasts 3.4 miles of track comprised of 20 turns and an elevation change of 133 feet, and it stretches across a 1,000 acre site in Austin!
Like previously mentioned, the inspiration for Circuit of The Americas™ came from the best motorsport circuits located around the world. Using the elevation and topography of the Austin countryside, the builders were able to mimick certain sections of other tracks.
For example, Turns 3-6 share similarities to Silverstone's high-speed Maggotts/Becketts, Turns 12-15 compliment Hockenheim's stadium section, and Turns 16-18 mirror the infamous multi-apex Turn 8 at Istanbul Park.
Turn 1 has quickly become one of the most popular turns at Circuit of The Americas™ and it's completely unique to the Austin location. It's a steep, uphill run into a tight, hairpin turn - F1™ fans and drivers alike get a high from it!
COTA's More than a Circuit
There's no denying the growing popularity of COTA on the F1™ calendar, but the track also boasts a plethora of other amenities drawing in spectators and locals (and not to mention, it's supplied jobs to boost to local economy!).
Also located within the facility is a private Motorsports Driving Club, a Karting track, public spaces for private events, seminars and conventions, an expansive live entertainment space, a retail center and museum, research facilities, a 40,000 square foot conference/media center, a 5,500 square foot medical center with paramedic services and medical student training, fire and rescue training areas, law enforcement training areas, driving academies, and educational programs. WHEW!
Something else Circuit of The Americas™ is especially proud of? It's luxurious in-track VIP hospitality locations created to help spectators have the time of their lives at the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™.
Take a look at the exclusive hospitality areas open to Official Ticket Package guests at the F1™ USGP.
The VIP Way to Experience Formula 1™ at COTA
There are two different VIP hospitality venues located within the Austin circuit: the Legends Club and the Paddock Club™! Take a look at the coveted amenities and exclusive access fans can receive by selecting access to these elite areas at Circuit of The Americas™.
The Formula 1 Paddock Club™
The Formula One Paddock Club™ is a one-of-a-kind venue with unparalleled hospitality inclusions. With a Paddock Club™ Package, fans can opt to gain access for two days or all three days of the racing weekend.
The Paddock facility offers luxurious seating inside an air-conditioned venue with a viewing platform right above the starting grid. Inside the venue each race day, guests will be invited to enjoy morning refreshments, a complimentary four-course gourmet meal with fine wines, an open wine bar, and a Mumm Champagne bar. Entertainment will take place throughout the day including live music, driver interviews and appearances by racing legends, Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi!
Formula One Paddock Club™ guests will also be invited to participate in a Pit Lane Walk, will have access to the F1™ Village and the Support Race Paddock, and will receive an Official Programme.
VIP parking passes are included (one for every three packages) and luxurious hotel accommodations can also be included in packages - why wouldn't you want to stay and play?
Looking for more information on how you can get access to the Paddock Club™? Click the button below to check out Official COTA Experiences Paddock Club™ Packages!
The Legends Club
What sets the Legends Club and the Formula One Paddock Club™ apart is while Paddock Club™ access can only be granted through Official Paddock Club™ Packages,
Legends Club access can be added onto any Official COTA Experiences Ticket Package for any race day.
The Legends Club is Circuit of The Americas' one stop shop for VIP hospitality. Activites kick-off Thursday night in this venue with the Thursday Night Circuit Tour and Party; guests will be invited to tour COTA and the viewing tour before heading into the Legends Club to participate in a meet-and-greet with Mario Andretti and see a live performance by singer/songwriter, Edwin McCain!
Learn more about the Thursday Night Circuit Tour and Party>>
The party continues on Friday when racing legend, Emerson Fittipaldi, makes his way into the Legends Club for Lunch with a Legend! Guests will be invited to participate in a Q&A with Fittipaldi and enjoy a delicious complimentary lunch.
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From that point, things just keep excelerating in the Legends Club as events for the 2014 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ begin! F1™ fans with access to the Legends Club on race days will be able to enjoy complimentary gourmet fare and premium bars in a luxurious, climate-controlled setting.
Simulcast TV coverage is located throughout the venue so even when you're inside out of the Texas elements you'll be able to see everything taking place on the track.
Additionally, F1™ drivers, Alexander Rossi and Esteban Gutiérrez, and members from the Mexican National Soccer Team will be making appearances on Saturday, and Fittipaldi will be back on Sunday!
Like previously mentioned, Legends Club access can be tacked onto any Official COTA Experiences F1™ USGP Ticket Package! Get more information regarding getting Legends Club access by clicking the button below.
Start Your COTA Experience!
Clearly Circuit of The Americas™ is ready for the 2014 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ and COTA Experiences is ready to get your VIP experience started! Get more information on Official Ticket Packages today by calling 1-866-801-6975 or by visiting COTA Experiences website.
And be sure to join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #COTAVIP and #F1USGP!