Sometimes when people are passionate about something, they can't help but want to tell the world about it. That's why we couldn't have been more excited about talking to Kim Rowe.
Kim is a passionate Formula 1® fan from central Pennsylvania who has made the trek down to Austin, Texas for the United States Grand Prix four years in a row with COTA Experiences! Since he's basically an expert about the experience offered by us at Circuit of The Americas™, we decided to hop on the phone with him to hear about his experience with F1® and why he loves going to the United States Grand Prix every year.
When did you first hear about COTA Experiences?
“I decided to go to the race in 2015 and was on the main Circuit of The Americas website. Then I got directed to COTA Experiences and started exploring around and I decided that I was going to go. I talked my brother into going with me, so we went together and had a great time.”
When did your interest in F1 start?
“I saw my first Formula 1 race in Watkins Glen in 1970. I’ve never been out of the country to see a race, but I went to a lot of the American races as they continually moved around. When the race moved to Indianapolis, I went to all of those races… when it moved down to COTA I decided that I still wanted to go, so in 2015 I just decided that I’m going. I liked it so much with just the way the package was handled. The fact that you get a hotel with your purchase and that the hotel is just fabulous. The amenities at the track and transportation to and from were just great. At this stage of my life I don’t want to be fighting traffic to and from the track anymore. I like that I have a hotel and that I can just get on the bus and not have to worry about anything.”
What is the best part of an Official Ticket Package with COTA Experiences?
“It’s the no-hassle aspect. I don’t have to even think about anything. I get to the hotel and get a schedule for the whole trip. I don’t have to fight anyone to get where I’m going or to see what I want to see and do what I want to do. It just takes all of the unknowns out of the equation.”
How has the experienced changed since you’ve been attending?
“I would say it’s consistent. That’s what I like about it. When I go down there I know what I’m going to get and what will be delivered to me. I go for the race and go to have food and a great experience, so this is wonderful. I’ve talked to a lot of people, and I live in central Pennsylvania so there aren’t a ton of Formula 1 fans, and I tell them about the experience and they say ‘Man, that sounds cool.’
What do you think about the included programs like Lunch With A Legend and driver appearances?
“The Lunch with a Legend and the driver appearances are just fabulous. My brother and I have been following the Andretti’s since the middle-1960’s, and Michael Andretti shows up in the Champions Club, and Zak Brown was also there. A couple of years ago Alain Prost was there. There’s been too many to name over the years. That’s a great thing. That’s right up there with the best parts. All those autograph sessions -- that’s just super. It’s a wonderful thing.”
Anything else you’d like to add?
“Keep at it and doing the job you’re doing because it’s just a super package. I’ve been working with Kevin (sales associate) for four years and he’s a super great guy who takes care of me and I’ve gotten to know him pretty well. The staff I meet down there were all fantastic. Everyone was wonderful, nice and helpful. I just love it because Formula 1 is my thing and I can just go and you guys all figure it out.”
Get a 2019 USGP Official Ticket Package
The United States Grand Prix is the premier F1 race on American soil, and you can be at the 2019 event with an Official Ticket Package from COTA Experiences. Choose between our multiple package offerings for the ultimate experience at the 2019 USGP.