Formula 1™ March Madness is here! The 2015 season officially starts on March 15, meaning the countdown to the 2015 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ is on!
Ever since the inception of Circuit of The Americas™ and the return of Formula 1™ to the United States, the US fan base has only continued to grow, as has the event hype. And this year, there are more reasons than ever before to be even more excited about the upcoming Formula 1™US Grand Prix!
Without further ado, I give you EIGHT bonafide reasons to get pumped for the
2015 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ in Austin!
1. F1™ Returning to the United States
While there are 20 races on the 2015 Formula 1™ schedule, the sport only visits the United States once, giving fans only one chance to see grand prix racing on American soil. Teams will hit the track Friday-Sunday during the Formula 1™ US Grand Prix weekend for qualifying and official races, allowing you to get three full days of screaming engines, powerful cars, and skillful teams and drivers.
Pair all the racing action with the state-of-the-art circuit, and you're going to be in for a wild ride!
2. Unparalleled Vantage Points at Circuit of The Americas™
Going hand in hand with reason number one, Circuit of The Americas™ is an open circuit with little trees or other natural elements around to obstruct views. From almost every seat in the stands, you are capable of seeing multiple pivotal moments of racing.
For example, from the stands in Turn 1, you're capable of seeing the drivers race uphill into the left-hand turn blindly, but also majority of the circuit from the turn's elevation. From Turn 15, you can also see Turns 12, 13, and 14. From the Main Grandstand, you can see the starting grid, cars race into Turn 1, all the pit lane action, and the finish line.
Regardless of where you sit at Circuit of The Americas™, you're going to have an unbelievable vantage point of the Formula 1™ action!
3. Legends Club Hospitality
The next reason to be excited for the 2015 Formula 1™ US Grand Prix is the return of the Legends Club! Once again, Circuit of The Americas™ Experiences is offering exclusive access to the Legends Club hospitality venue to guests throughout the weekend.
Essentially, the Legends Club is your one stop shop for all things VIP. It's a climate-controlled venue located between the Main Grandstand and the VIP Celebrity Skybox with plenty of comfortable seating inside and outside on the private patio.
There are two premium bars offering open beer,
wine and soft drink options (open bar is available for an upgrade), and complimentary gourmet food buffets will be available throughout the day.
Also inside are interactive entertainment elements, race simulators, phone charging stations, massage stations, an espresso bar, and live TV coverage of the events taking place around the track.
There is nowhere else at COTA fans can get this level of premium access. The Legends Club is an oasis at the track, if you will.
4. Meeting F1™ Celebrities
Another great feature of the Legends Club is it brings F1™ celebrities to you. Oh yes, you could actually MEET and participate in Q&A's with F1™ stars!
Last year, the Legends Club hosted Emerson Fittipaldi, Alexander Rossi and Esteban Gutierrez! Fans got to listen to them talk about getting immersed in F1™ racing and their careers. Then, fans were invited to ask questions, take pictures with the legends and snag some autographs.
It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience any die-hard fan can't live without!
5. The Redline Party
The party itself might not be new, but the name sure is! COTA Experiences is debuting the Redline Party to kick-start the 2015 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ weekend.
Held on Thursday night, you'll be invited to go up in the 260-foot tall viewing tower at Circuit of The Americas™ for a photo opportunity and champagne toast. After, you'll be guided to the Legends Club for an event-filled evening.
A Formula 1™ racing legend will take the stage first (Mario Andretti was featured in 2014) and will participate in a Q&A with the audience. Next, an infamous singer/songwriter will take the stage! The past two years have featured American Idol® winner, Taylor Hicks, and music sensation, Edwin McCain.
You'll be able to dance the night away while enjoying the premium open bar and complimentary gourmet food at your leisure.
Plus, the patio of the Legends Club will be open so you can stroll outside into the night for a sneak peek of the starting grid under the lights! How's that to start your F1™ experience?
6. Lunch with a Legend
Now, if you're looking for a more low key weekend kick-off party to attend, Lunch with a Legend is a good fit. Held Friday in between qualifying rounds (typically between 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.), you'll be invited into the Legends Club to hear a Formula 1™ legend share stories of their career.
A gourmet lunch will be served and the open bar will be flowing.
Last year, Emerson Fittipaldi took the stage and talked of growing up kart-racing, getting his start in Formula 1™, his struggles and triumphs in building his career, and the role he currently plays in the sport.
7. Touring Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas is a booming city! Known as the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin boasts fantastic live musical performances, a happening nightlife scene, delectable restaurants, and a unique culture.
From your typical tourist attractions to items considered "off the beaten map," you'll never run out of a shortage of things to do while in town.
Here are a few places you should check out while in town:
- Nosh on Delicious Tex-Mex Dishes
- Explore the nightlife at Sixth Street
- Visit Hamilton Pool, a natural swimming pool within a cove
- Catch a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse
- Check out the food trucks
- Visit Congress Bridge where 1.5 million bats emerge from underneath at dusk
- Wait in line and eat your weight at Franklin BBQ
- Take a day trip to the Longhorn Caverns
- Go Hiking at Mount Bonnell and see the vast scenery
8. An All-Inclusive Weekend Getaway
Now, that you've been given seven things to look forward to at the 2015 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™, why not make it an all-inclusive weekend getaway?!
With COTA Experiences'
Official Ticket Packages, you can include your tickets to all three days and amenities listed above such as Legends Club, the Redline Party or Lunch with a Legend into one bundle. You can even opt to include hotel accommodations in Austin, and transportation to and from all official events in your package.
This eliminates the need for you to do any extra planning. You can simply kick back, relax and enjoy the Formula 1™ US Grand Prix! Easy payment terms are also available allowing you to split your payment up instead of fronting the cost, making it easier on your wallet.
For more information on Official Ticket Packages, call 1-866-801-6975 to speak to a representative or visit COTA Experiences' website by clicking the button below.
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