First Timers Guide to The US Grand Prix!

The Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ at Circuit of the Americas™ in Austin, Texas is entering its fifth year. From October 21st on, over 250,000 people will flock to one of the world’s best race tracks. Our first timers guide will ensure you make the most of this once in a lifetime experience.

Having been staged at the Circuit of The Americas since 2012, the US Grand Prix has grown to be one of the most sought-after and exciting races on the F1 calendar. From the steep uphill hairpin into Turn One, this 3.4-mile long track has an undulating flow that encapsulates the site’s natural contour.

COTA 1In Texas, everything is bigger. With COTA Experiences, we give race fans much more than just a race. Citing the fact that this year’s USGP will be the eighteenth on the race calendar and will ultimately prove pivotal on deciding where the world title ends up. On Saturday after qualifying, Austin360’s Amphitheatre, the largest permanent outdoor amphitheatre in Texas, will play host to multi-Grammy award winner Taylor Swift, which happens to be her ONLY concert for the entire year of 2016. This comes on top of fine dining.

An Unforgettable Experience!

What makes this weekend so unique is its ability to arrest the attention of the most avid race fan, while giving novices to the sport an experience they simply will not forget.

Open-wheeled, single-seat racing with some of the best paid sportspeople in the world travelling at ridiculously high speeds in multi-million dollar sports cars. That is essentially F1. It is the highest level of auto racing in the world and attracts over half a billion viewers in over 200 countries making it one of the most watched annual sporting championships on a global basis.

COTA 2The Circuit of The Americas is a 1,000-acre facility with a 3.4-mile track designed by German engineer Hermann Tilke, it is the first purpose-built F1 facility in the United States. The track’s technical complexity as elevation changes throughout the 20-turn anticlockwise track. The track’s amphitheater will play host to Taylor Swift after qualifying on Saturday.  

Like all F1 race weekends, practice will take place on Friday, with qualifying on Saturday the curtain raiser before the main event of racing on Sunday. In between racing, enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Austin, Texas and everything it has to offer.  

Things to Do in Austin

Visit Baylor Street Art Wall. This is a place that truly captures the essence and uniqueness of Austin. Located on 11th and Baylor downtown, this ever-changing façade was once destined to be condos, but is now a canvas for local artists, and showcases what the city is really all about.  

Peckish? Thirsty? Formerly known as Pecan Street but now 6th, it is the hub of all things-nightlife in Austin. With bars, music venues and cafes aplenty, this is the place to be when the sun sets!

Situated on the grounds of Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool is the fourth largest spring fed pool in Texas with a constant 68-degree water temperature making it one of the best places to cool off during summer!

Of course, no trip to Austin would be complete without experiencing the “food truck” craze. Plan a day of food truck meals from different trailers, with anything from sushi to cupcakes on offer. Trust us, you won’t regret it!

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Alex RossiMake a trip to Austin with one of our exclusive ticket packages available only through Circuit of The Americas program. With our Legends Club Access, participate in a Q&A session with a racing legend while enjoying an appearance by Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi!

The weekend of a lifetime awaits you, witness the race from a privileged viewing positon, wine and dine with our gourmet fare and open bars. Take the pressure off yourself by adding exclusive ground transportation and hotel accommodations to make this a weekend you and your party will never forget!


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