V8 Supercars’ Winterbottom Gives Thumbs Up To CoTA

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Today Circuit of The Americas (C0TA) welcomed a racing star from the Australian-based series, V8 Supercars. His name is Mark “Frosty” Winterbottom.  He came to learn about Austin, went around the CoTA circuit at speed in a Mustang GT (from turns 5 thru 12) & shared his impressions of Austin & CoTA for journalists.  The popular Aussie driver gave a ringing endorsement to the almost completed facility.

Mark 'Frosty' Winterbottom, pausing during his test drive at speed at CoTA (at Turn 11 apex) - Courtesy of GlobeNewswire.com

Above you can see Mark (& the Mustang GT – sweet!) at the apex of Turn 11 at CoTA.  Here’s a quote from Mark that says it all:

The circuit’s topography, including the dramatic changes in elevation, will make for some really fun racing and a great show for fans,” Winterbottom said. “While I didn’t get to drive the full circuit, the sequence of turns I did sample were fantastic, and I can’t wait to come back and take a lap around the finished racecourse. Circuit of The Americas will be a welcome addition to our future V8 Supercar line-up!

Here’s a quick, but in-depth interview with Mark from Speed City by Jon Massengale – ENJOY!

Speed City Podcast logo

For those of you fans of Wild Bubba’s Wild Game Grill, here’s a shot of Mark enjoying a burger (found later it was Antelope).  This was from before he ventured onto the track at CoTA.  You can tell he has great taste eating at Wild Bubba’s!

V8 Supercars driver Mark 'Frosty' Winterbottom enjoying a burger at Wild Bubba's Wild Game Grill

The nickname, “Frosty” comes from the Disney – PIXAR movie character in Cars 2.  Mark lent his voice to be that of Frosty.

"Frosty" from Disney movie Cars 2 - voiced by Mark Winterbottom

But here’s a shot at speed of Mark, at speed, in the actual Ford Falcon racer he campaigns in the V8 Supercars series.  You can see that this is an action-filled racing series!

Mark Winterbottom rounds a bend racing at Hidden Valley - June 2012 - Courtesy of Mark Horsburgh Edge Photographics via AAP

And what of this rumor that V8 Supercars would like to tie the Austin/CoTA race visit in the Spring of 2013 with another back-to-back race in Mexico City?  There are some talks going on to have an racing event at the famed Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit.  That would be very interesting & great for ALL the fans!

2005 NASCAR Busch Series race in Mexico City

Racing Ready had been invited to attend this media introduction & I was all set to go!  Unfortunately, issues at work prevented me from attending.  I had a slew of good questions to ask & not just concerning V8 Supercars.  I will push on regardless to get onsite at Circuit of The Americas & get the questions both you & I know we want answered. For more info please visit : http://www.usedalloywheels.org.uk.


Attend Formula Expo in Austin for 1/2 Price!

Yesterday, I was perusing a friend’s LinkedIn account.  He had found a 1/2 price offer for Formula Expo tickets – $7.50 instead of $15.00!  This is available from TravelZoo, here!

TravelZoo logo

This is a situation where I’m glad I procrastinated until the last minute.  If you are not yet familiar with what the Formula Expo is all about, here’s a copy of their press release (Click image to enlarge…)

Formula Expo - Descriptive Press Release

If you decide to take advantage of this offer you will receive a voucher somewhat like mine.

Formula Expo half-price voucher (made not useable)

Hopefully you can make the Formula Expo this weekend!
Racing Ready hopes to see you there, then…

Formula Expo 2012


CoTA Announces Austin F1 USGP 3-Day Ticket Purchasing!


This is the topic everyone’s been asking me – when will the tickets for the Austin F1 race event be sold & for how much?  So, if you’re not signed up on Circuit of The Americas‘ (CoTA) mailing list, here’s the focused press release that came out this afternoon:

Media Contact:  Julie Loignon
Office:  512.536.1457

Circuit of The Americas announces on-sale date and pricing for 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ reserved grandstand bleacher seats and general admission tickets.
Three-day tickets to prestigious international event start at $159 and include round-trip shuttle service

Austin, Texas (June 5, 2012)– Circuit of The Americas today announced the date when members of the public can purchase three-day reserved grandstand bleacher seats and general admission tickets to the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™, set for Nov. 16-18, 2012. The soon-to-be-completed center for premium sports and entertainment in Austin, Texas, will host the return of the world-famous Formula 1™ racing series to the United States for the first time in five years. Three-day reserved grandstand bleacher seats and general admission tickets to the highly anticipated event go on sale Sunday, June 10, at 10 a.m. EDT, at www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com/tickets.

Three-day general admission tickets are priced at an affordable $159 per person and allow fans to choose their views of the action from several grassy berms and spacious public areas surrounding the 375-acre state-of-the-art facility designed by Tilke GmbH, the famed German architectural company known for its work on signature F1™ circuits. Three-day reserved grandstand bleacher seats range in price from $269 to $499 per person and offer guests spectacular views from vantage points around the 3.4-mile racetrack, including Turns 2, 3, 4, 5, 11 and 12.

Prices for reserved grandstand bleacher seats depend on location and are detailed in the table that follows (see supplemental table with comparable 2012 Grand Prix grandstand reserved seating pricing on page 3). All three-day reserved grandstand bleacher seats and general admission tickets include round-trip shuttle bus transportation from three designated park-and-ride locations in the greater Austin area. Shuttle bus pick-up/drop-off locations include the corner of 15th Street and Trinity Street in downtown Austin, the Travis County Fair and Expo Center at 7311 Decker Lane, and at a location in southeast Travis County that will be announced this summer.

Seating Area Three-Day Ticket Price  Per Person
General Admission $159
Grandstand – Turn 11 $269
Grandstand – Turns 2, 3, 4 and 5 $299
Grandstand – Turn 12 (lower rows) $399
Grandstand – Turn 12 (upper rows) $499

“Formula 1™ fans and motorsports enthusiasts around the world have eagerly anticipated this news, and we’re excited to launch public ticket sales for our inaugural event in the next few days,” Circuit Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer Geoff Moore said. “We have options to fit every pocketbook.

“Information provided by the public was crucial as we finalized prices for the 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™. We received fan input from extensive customer surveys and through market research from other Grands Prix and comparable premier, international, multi-day sporting events. In the final analysis, we wanted to make this event affordable to F1 fans around the country. Whether they want a reserved seat or the freedom to explore our expansive facility with a general admission ticket, they will enjoy great views and amenities.”

FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ tickets go on sale Sunday, June 10, 2012, at 10 a.m. EDT. To select and purchase tickets, fans should visit www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com/tickets, www.ticketmaster.com (use the search terms “Circuit of The Americas” or “Formula 1 United States Grand Prix”), or dial the Ticketmaster hotline, 800.745.3000, to review available options.

Customers interested in premium seating options, such as personal seat licenses with season tickets and on-site parking, can submit information through the “Tickets” section of Circuit’s official website and will be contacted by a sales representative for more information. Circuit of The Americas sales representatives are available Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CDT at 512.301.6600.

Additional information about Grand Prix transportation and travel packages, facility hours of operation, special events and entertainment, and items permitted inside Circuit of The Americas during the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ will be announced in the coming weeks.

For those of you who will be attending the next San Antonio F1 Club race watch party, we can share this good news at the Lion & Rose Pub, Alamo Heights location, this coming Sunday, June 10, 2012.  We will be watching the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal LIVE!  Pre-race starts at 1:00pm, with the actual race start happening at 1:30pm.  So, buy your tickets, don’t be late!


Racing Ready strongly suggests you visit www.SanAntonioF1Club.com for more F1 Race Watch Party details & data!


American Le Mans Series to Race at CoTA™

ALMS racing action, soon to arrive in South-Central Texas at CoTA!
American Le Mans Series
Presented by Tequila Patrón
Becomes Newest Series to Race
Circuit of The Americas™

Global Leader in Green Racing Joins Circuit Lineup
(Click here for the CoTA Press Release)

ALMS racing at Mazda Raceway - Laguna Seca

Having the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) racing at Circuit of The Americas, had been a forgone conclusion since all of this began with CoTA.  So this announcement finally seals it!  I thought this would have been announced sooner.  This was when Patron Tequila key investor John Paul DeJoria (internationally known co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems) announced his investment participation with CoTA, back on May 10, 2012.

Patron Tequila ALMS Race Car

Racing Ready is now waiting for something official to happen, officially, with Moto GP‘s commitment to CoTA participation.  But, I think, we will have to wait for Tavo Hellmund to come to terms with both Bobby Epstein & Red McCombs.  I’m sorry to say, I’m not holding my breath on that happening soon.  🙁