Category Archives: Circuit of The Americas

Articles pertaining to the Circuit of The Americas, the racing & other high end entertainment & sports medicine facility being built in Austin, TX. This facility will host Formla1 racing, as well as the MotoGP series & other racing events.

CoTA Official Training Partner for Simona De Silvestro

Alright!

Simona has just garnered further Formula1 cred with this week’s announcement from Circuit of The Americas (COTA):

Simona De Silvestro beside Formula1 test car at Ferrari's Fiorano Circuit, April 2014

Circuit of The Americas to be official training partner for F1 affiliate driver Simona De Silvestro

Austin, TEXAS (July 2, 2014) – Circuit of the Americas (COTA), host of the upcoming 2014 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, has announced that it will be the official training partner for driver Simona De Silvestro. After recently becoming the first female racing driver in history to test a Formula 1 car on Ferrari’s legendary Fiorano Circuit in northern Italy, Simona will continue her training at COTA in early August.

“We are thrilled to be a part of Simona’s journey to becoming the first full-time female driver in Formula One racing,” said COTA President and CEO Jason Dial. “What better place for her to continue to advance her training than at Circuit of The Americas, the North American home for world-class motorsports. In addition to being her official training partner, COTA is dedicated to building awareness around STEM education and sustainable practices- two things which are very important to Simona as well.”

COTA and De Silvestro both embrace and strongly support sustainability, advancing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and careers, and clean air technology. While driving in the IndyCar Series, De Silvestro served as an advocate for the Clean Air Energy national campaign.

“My racing career has evolved in America, so I can’t think of a better track to train at than Circuit of The Americas,” De Silvestro said. “The track is truly a world class facility and one of the best on the entire calendar. I can’t wait to drive there.”

Details of De Silvestro’s August test session will be released at a later date.

Here at Racing Ready we are super excited & very pleased by this announcement!  Simona, we are SO proud of you & right in our own backyard.  🙂  Might be time to finally get back to the region of southeast Austin, TX to restore acquaintances & review…

Dan

Racing, High Performance Driving Schools, Starting with CoTA

Just over a year ago, Bob Bondurant visited Circuit of The Americas (CoTA) with the idea of doing some sort of a driving school there.  Here is the video, introduced by CoTA Exec VP Bruce Knox about that possible future event:

I got this press release from CoTA announcing this – Advanced Training at Circuit of The Americas.  Here is the official link: ALL-OUT on Track at Circuit of The Americas, by Bondurant School of High Performance Driving  This is coming up very soon.  They have 3 starting dates: October 1st, 3rd & 5th.  As they state:

This is not the course for the meek, the mild or the confidence challenged driver…
THIS IS ALL OUT!

Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving ready to roll at Circuit of The Americas

If $9750 is a little beyond your training budget for this year (or decade?), I offer this thorough & LONG list of racing/driving schools for your research pleasure.  This extensive compilation is courtesy of Motor Trend (I hope these links are mostly current).  They state that this is a complete online guide to help you check out racing and high-performance driving schools nationwide.  Read more here.

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Racing & High Performance Driving School Links

Audi Driving Experience
This school is dedicated to enhancing a student’s skill, confidence and safety while driving in any situation.
www.audidrivingexperience.com
1-888-282-4872

BMW Performance Center Driving Schools
BMW offers a wide range of courses designed both for beginners seeking to build confidence and advanced drivers looking to master the art of performance driving.
www.bmwusa.com
1-888-345-4269

Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving
Bondurant gives students the opportunity to drive a variety of vehicles depending on your needs, ranging from karts to open wheel formula style cars.
www.bondurant.com
1-800-842-RACE

Bobby Ore Motorsports High Performance Driver Training
This school offers numerous courses including advanced stunt driving, law enforcement training, counter terrorist driving, chauffeur training and defensive driving Bobby Ore style.
www.bobbyoresports.com
1-818-880-5678

Bragg-Smith Advanced Driving School, Inc.
Students go through extremely intense exercises that leave them with a new understanding of how to interact with a vehicle and all of the lapping sessions are done in ZO6 Corvettes.
www.bragg-smith.com
1-800-391-6891

Bridgestone Racing Academy
An intense racing school offering courses lasting a day up to their four-day race license course where after completion you receive your SCCA or CASC race license
www.race2000.com
1-905-983-1114

Buck Baker Racing School
Weather you are looking to turn some hot laps in Little E’s #8 or for a possible career in stock car racing this school will teach you what you need to know.
www.buckbaker.com
1-800-529-BUCK

California Drag Racing School
Offering classes in Super Street, Super Comp, Alcohol Funny Cars and Dragsters, California Drag Racing School will give you all the training you need to fulfill your drag racing dream.
www.californiadragracingschool.com
1-661-250-2982

California Superbike School
The California Superbike School is all about cornering. They offer a step-by-step method for training riders in the exact skills of cornering motorcycles.
www.superbikeschool.com
1-323-224-2734

Car Guys
This course is designed to help better understand your vehicle, give you advanced driving experience you can’t safely get on the public highways, and to increase your enjoyment of driving.
www.carguys.com
1-800-800-4897

Cory Kruseman’s Sprint Car Driving School
Designed to give the Sprint Car fan an opportunity of a lifetime, this school offers basic, intermediate, advanced, and corporate classes along with rides in a two-seat sprint car.
www.kruseman.com
1-805-649-1243

Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure
Not only do you get to play on some of the smaller NASCAR tracks but at this school you can play at California and Talladega Super Speedways.
www.drivingadventure.com
1-888-GO-RACE-1

Danny McKeever’s Fast Lane Racing School
You have seen them at the Long Beach G.P., but now you can drive the same cars used in the Toyota Pro /Celebrity Race along with learning driving techniques that will last a life time.
www.raceschool.com
1-888-948-4888

Dave Blaney’s Outlaw Driving Experience
Designed for the advanced racer or the first time driver who wants to experience the thrill of Winged Outlaw Sprint Cars with speeds that can reach in excess of 120 M.P.H.
www.daveblaneyoutlawexp.com

DIRT Driving Experience
For those that like to play in the dirt, this school tosses you behind the wheel of a DIRT Modified race car and uses 27 different tracks throughout the east coast.
www.dirtmotorsports.com
1-315-834-6606

Doug Foley’s Drag Racing School
You can choose between a super comp (dragster), or a super gas (door car) to drive or take rides in, you can even bring your own car and learn how to properly drive it down the _ mile.
www.dougfoley.com
1-800-485-4746

Driving 101
One of, if not the only, open wheel school that says you can reach that magical 200 M.P.H. as long as you have the green. They also offer numerous experiences depending on your interest.
www.driving101.com
1-877-DRIVE-101

Drivetech Racing School
Along with the usual schools offering a range of ovals to choose from, Drivetech also offers classes at a road course, Willow Springs International Motorsports Park
www.drivetech.com
1-800-678-8864

Evolution Performance Driving School
Evolution is an autocross driving school offering a number of different programs designed to improve the skills of all drivers, both on the road and the track.
www.evoschool.com/
1-407-889-7207

Fast Track High Performance Driving School
The Fast Track program puts you behind the wheel of Winston Cup style stock cars, some of which have competed on the racing circuit, for a thrill of a lifetime.
www.fasttrackracing.com
1-704-455-1700

Frank Hawley’s NHRA Drag Racing School
Training many of today’s top drag racers this school offers everything: Super Comp and Gas, Pro Stock Bikes, and the ultimate 200 plus M.P.H. alcohol cars.
www.frankhawley.com
1-909-622-2466

Frank Kinsey Racing School
If you’re interested in Motorcycle Racing or just going fast, Kinsey offers instruction and events for licensed road racers, beginning through advanced, and performance street riders.
www.kinseyracingschool.com
1-321-267-4787

Freddie Spencer’s High Performance Riding School
Taught by World Champion Freddie Spencer, this school teaches techniques that apply to novice riders who want to improve their street riding or to racers who dream of winning championships.
www.fastfreddie.com
1-888-672-7219

Ivor Wigham’s European Rally and Performance Driving School
Dedicated to giving you the best driving that you have ever had, they guarantee you will be doing four wheel drifts, Scandinavian flicks, hand brake turns and power slides just like the guys in WRC.
www.gorally.com
1-877-U-RALLYE

Jim Hall Kart Racing School
The longest-running kart racing school in America at the only paved beachside road course in the U.S. where you can experience wheel-to-wheel racing in sprint or shifter karts.
www.jhrkartracing.com
1-805-654-1329

Jim Russell Racing Drivers School
Russell Racing offers a full spectrum of open wheel racing courses, karting classes, driving courses and group adventures all at one of racing’s most spectacular settings, Infineon Raceway.
www.jimrussellusa.com
1-800-733-0345

Johan Schwartz Endurance Karting
The goal of Endurance Karting is to provide racing enthusiasts with the opportunity to experience real wheel-to-wheel racing on the track, using high-quality equipment.
www.endurancekarting.com
1-866-722-3669

Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School
The Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School is designed for riders of virtually all ability levels from novice to expert and will teach you the skills to become a more confident, safer and faster rider.
www.schwantzschool.com
1-800-849-RACE

KRC Racing Schools
Whether you want to achieve a career in auto racing or you just want to be a better driver, KRC Racing schools offers courses and programs that will help you achieve your goals.
www.krcracingschools.com
1-877-KRC4FUN

Monster Racing Excitement
First you must choose between a Nextel Cup, Busch, or NASCAR Super Truck then decide if you want to race at Nashville Superspeedway or the Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway.
www.monsterracing.com
1-800 GO-TO-WIN

Panoz Racing School
The Panoz Racing School focuses on active, dynamic racing, giving students the skills and ability they will need to pursue a racing career or hobby upon their completion of the course.
www.panozracingschool.com
1-888-282-4872

Porsche Driving Experience
Like the name says, all you drive at this school is Porsches. Either 911’s, Boxster’s, and even Cayenne’s but with prices starting above $1,500 this school might be out of reach for some.
www.porschedriving.com
1-888-204-7474

RacingSchools.com
Founded in 1996, RacingSchools.com represents more than 50 of the best auto racing and high performance driving school operators worldwide.  They are the unquestioned leader in group racing events and gift certificates.
www.racingschools.com
1-866-941-3877

Richard Petty Driving Experience
You all know the name now you can race at his school, in his car around tracks like Talladega, The Brickyard, California, Bristol and even Daytona.
www.1800bepetty.com
1-800-BE-PETTY

Rotary Rockets Race Series
The Rotary Rockets is a private, arrive and drive series that is designed to allow all racecar drivers, a unique opportunity to compete and gain seat time in a sophisticated racecar.
www.rotaryrockets.com
1-630-585-5579

Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School
Housing the largest collection of drag racing vehicles in the country, Roy Hill’s school immerses you in drag racing the minute you arrive and it doesn’t stop until you leave.
www.royhillsdragracingschool.com
1-336-498-7964

Skip Barber Racing School
There is too much to list about what Skip Barber has to offer. But if you are serious about getting into racing, this is the first place you need to look.
www.skipbarber.com
1-800-221-1131

Speed Tech Auto Racing Schools
What you learn here will give you power on and off the track. SpeedTech will put you into a state-of-the-art professional race car and show you what life looks like at 160 mph.
www.tospeed.com
1-877-80SPEED

Stock Car Racing Experience
This school offers a thrilling opportunity to get behind the wheel of a Stock Car on an enormous 2.5-mile Tri-Oval, Pocono International Speedway.
www.877stockcar.com
1-877-768-2522

Team O’Neil Rally School and Car Control Center
Here you can learn everything you would need to know to go out and start a professional Rally career, as long as you have the time and the money.
www.team-oneil.com
1-603-444-4488

Western Adventures 4X4 Driving School
At this school you will learn the basics of off-highway driving along with what tools, gear and equipment you will need to make you adventure a fun one.
www.4westernadventures.com/driving-school.html
1-760-789-1563

Bondurant Racing School Corvette

Racing Ready realizes this is an extensive, long list post, with so much to review.  So, go ahead & take your time.  Just bookmark it as a browser favorite for your future reference.

Motor Trend is responsible for this content – it is being posted here as a service for you to use as research.  Enjoy, learn & have fun – GO RACE!

Dan

Will Buxton Puts Up – Gets Formula Racer Run

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Will The F1 Journo, of The Buxton Blog

Renowned Formula 1 pit lane reporter Will Buxton (currently on staff at NBC Sports Network) tells it like it is on his most recent series on his blog:  Put up or shut up… Part 1

Will Buxton's F4 'slicks & wings' ride to Formula learning glory

This is Part 1 (of a 3 part compilation) of Will Buxton’s adventurous foray into learning about entry into the European Formula series of racing.  It was his desire to jump at the chance to get behind the wheel of a proper racing single seater, getting his racing license & all that is needed.  Below is the video (it’s Part 3) demonstrating Will’s encouraging progress to advance his Formula 4 car faster.  It shows that, the faster you go, the faster you can go.   You gotta love the aerodynamics factor of racing car downforce!

After this third entry of Will’s series & which was the above video, I was moved to post this comment on Will’s blog:

Will,

Thank you for posting this video & series of your entry to the world of the Formula racing ladder. Those of us on the other side of the pond appreciate your candor & wit, just like you demonstrated with us during your Karoke fundraiser gig in Austin, Texas last November.  I was the one who sang Englebert Humperdinck’s, “After The Lovin’ ”, which even inspiring you to dance, somewhat.

Anyway, your comments & content are the seeds of what I’ve be trying to pursue through my vicarious blogging on http://RacingReady.com.  I plan to paraphrase a summation of your content , to also include your blog’s links of this ‘Put up or Shut up…’ series, in a future Racing Ready blog post.  I’m sure it will be an inspiration to my readership, as it has been to me.

Now, GO RACE!

Racing Ready Dan

Here’s a bit about how I know Will Buxton.  Just prior to last November’s inaugural Formula 1 race in Austin, Texas, I participated in Austin’s FOTA Fan Forum.  Multiple F1 drivers, team principals & broadcast personnel were there for us to listen to and ask many questions of.  It was a unique experience, one of the highlights of my weekend.  I was here I first met Will Buxton, in person.

 Will Buxton with Racing Ready Dan at the 2012 FOTA Fan Forum in Austin, Texas

Will Buxton, now NBC Sports Network Formula 1 broadcaster, looking pleased to meet Racing Ready Dan - 14-NOV-2012

I was even able to obtain Will Buxton’s autograph!  He signed atop of his published article in the December 2012 issue of GP International:

SPEED Broadcaster Celeb Autograph of Will Buxton - 2013-NOV-14

Two nights later, Will had organized (with The Austin Grand Prix‘s great help) a Karaoke fundraiser at downtown Austin’s Irish Pub, Fado.  We all had a great time & I even put in my Karaoke 2 cents to vie for the TW Steel watch prize.  I was inspiring Will to dance… 🙂  Will (who acted as MC) & The Austin Grand Prix worked together to raise $2,135.25 for Meals on Wheels and more.  Here’s a couple of candid shots of Will (& me) “performing”…

Will Buxton's Karoka fundraiser inspiration at Austin Irish Pub, Austin, TX - November 2012 (the left photo courtesy of Dale Daughtery)

So, as you can see, Will Buxton is a mufti-faceted & talented individual.  Will may not remember me or Racing Ready.  But, I am honored that his activities (besides his stellar Formula 1 pit land & paddock reporting) were a part of what made the first Formula 1 Austin USGP at Circuit of The Americas (CoTA) especially memorable for me!

Back to this Formula 4 racer run.  Racing Ready truly sees this path that Will Buxton is venturing on as one way to go from wannabe to racer…!

Dan

P.S. – Want to get racing?

Association of Racing Drivers Schools - Approved


Learn how you can take your ARDS (Association of Racing Drivers Schools) with Jonathan Palmer’s Motor Sport Vision at some of Britain’s finest race venues, here.  Follow in the footsteps of what Will Buxton has achieved!

Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas – MotoGP Coming to Texas!

Within 10 days MotoGP, the pinnacle of international motorcycle racing, will have a new track debut at Circuit of The Americas (CoTA – the first purpose-built Formula 1 racing facility in the USA).  This will be Round 2 of the 2013 MotoGP season. The title of this event is: Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.

Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas - promo

The MotoGP racers will run the same course as the Formula 1 racers.  Here’s the CoTA course layout:

MotoGP Track Course at Circuit of The Americas

I will admit I’m not well versed in motorcycle racing.  I’m not even a rider (but did learn to do so during college).  But seeing the “stunt” style of racing these guys do in MotoGP has convinced me to pay attention!  In addition, MotoGP is contracted with the CoTA for 10 years!  Here’s a technical lap with US MotoGP racer & Texan Colin Edwards (aka, the Texas Tornado).

Next is an intriguing video of Italian MotoGP racer Andrea Dovizioso of the Repsol Honda Team discussing key elements of racing via 1,000 frames per second video & if there is, in his opinion, such a thing as a perfect lap.  This is sure to get your blood moving!

Andrea Dovizioso: The Perfect Lap, in MotoGP

Here’s another informative perspective:

Casey Stoner breaks down the technique needed to race a MotoGP bike, including taking a high-speed corner nearly horizontal. Red Bull Moments captures athletes doing amazing feats at 1,000 frames per second.

Hold on & watch Casey Stoner describe the MotoGP experience at speed!

Lastly, we take a hot lap with MotoGP racer Blake Young getting ready for The Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.  These are different points of view that you may not have seen before.

Racing Ready will leave 2-wheeled racing to the dedicated pros.  There’s not enough body amour or belief in alternative physics to change my mind.

Dan

Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas logo

We Race Cadillacs at Circuit of The Americas!

An alternate title for this post could be:

Speed Learning at Circuit of The Americas: Cadillac Style!

At least it FELT like racing!  Let me explain…

Cadillac V-Series Performance Lab

Last August I heard about this unique driving performance event sponsored by the Cadillac Division of GM.  It’s called the Cadillac V-Series Performance Lab.  It was set to take place at the Circuit of The Americas (CoTA).  I guess I was sliding on my social media reviewing skills – I didn’t find out about it until it was too late to sign up.  I was able to get on their waiting list…with fingers crossed!

Cadillac V-Series Performance Lab flyer

Well, with less than a week to go before the event, I got an early Christmas present: I was released from the waiting list & allowed access to Saturday (08-DEC-2012) morning’s driving session!  Prior to this event I walked on the CoTA track at the Formula Run & 2 weeks later was an über-fan at the Formula 1 USGP weekend.  This was to be the first time I (& many others from South/Central Texas) would be able to actually drive on “our” new track AT SPEED!

Cadillac CTS-V at speed on CoTA, at Cadillac V Series Performance Academy (V-Lab) December, 2012 (Circuit of The Americas photo)

This event was spread out over 3 days, with 2 sessions each day.  A staff member told me they try for an average of 102 per session.  I did a general attendee count and estimated about 120 participants in my Saturday morning session.  This Austin, Texas event, at CoTA, was the 4th & last stop of a cross country tour, visiting the tracks at:

  • Autobahn Country Club – Chicago, IL
  • Palm Beach International Raceway – West Palm Beach, FL
  • Firebird Raceway – Phoenix, AZ
  • Circuit of The Americas – Austin, TX

2012 Cadillac V-Lab featured tracks

This event ran as smooth as a very well coordinated machine, almost as smooth as the wonderful track surface of the new CoTA track.  After our continental breakfast, Don Harple was introduced.  He is Cadillac’s performance driving director.  Don explained what we would be doing that morning, along with an invigorating Cadillac video.  He has been experienced with events that reveal the capabilities of driving at the limit for 23 years.  Don explained that part of learning to drive a track well is to drive with your eyes, to master “eye work”.  As a way to further illustrate, he stated: “Look toward hope, not toward reality.”  That was a cool revelation of the need to always anticipate by looking ahead!  Having you look where you want to go allows your hands and feet to take you there.

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We were divided into 3 groups, designated by different colored lanyards: black, red & white.  The groups were then sent out to 3 different modules:

  • Module 1:  Dynamic Capabilities with the new model Cadillac ATS Sedan.  This was to showcase the Stabilitrak/ABS capabilities. This was set up on a modified autocross course (sort of), along with a review of Michelin’s role in tire development technology & an overview of the CUE infotainment control system.
  • Module 2:  Dynamic Capabilities on track, using both Cadillac CTS-V Sedan & Wagon models (this was a familiarity track session,  plus an overview session of the performance advantages of Brembo brakes on Cadillac’s V-Series & ATS Sedan models
  • Module 3:  The much anticipated CTS-V Coupe track drive (with a video recorded of us driving as an unexpected bonus)!  In addition, a further explanation of Stabilitrak & its interaction with the Cadillac ATS Sedan chassis dynamics.  We were also given a review of the CTS-V Recaro safest convertible car seat 2014‘ variety of adjustments.

I spoke to Don later & found out he had been contracted by Cadillac to put on these events.  His company is Radius, LLC  (based in the Atlanta area) & his partner is Tommy Kendall (former 4 time SCCA Trans-Am Series Champion racer).  Don facilitates these types of events for various manufactures & stated that Cadillac is his best customer.

Cadillac CTS-V Coupes getting lined up for our 1st laps at speed on the CoTA track - at V-Series Lab, December 2012

Overall impressions by everyone were positive & enthusiastic, both of the Cadillac CTS-V & ATS lineup, along with the state of the art track facilities &, of course, the track itself.  The ride along driving instructors (most of them current or former professional racers) were very helpful & supportive.  They loved the new CoTA track, too, & were enthusiastic in having us push these Cadillacs to their mechanical limits – they weren’t holding us back!

Nick, my astute driving instructor, at Cadillac V-Series Lab, at CoTA - December 2012

I appreciated my instructor, Nick, with his positive attitude & encouragement.  He introduced me to the CoTA track racing line (at least for the Cadillac CTS-V cars) & was riding shotgun with me during all 3 behind the wheel sessions.  Witness all this here in the video they provided later (yes, that’s me driving). Turn it up & enjoy!

Between sessions & other downtime, we were able to hang out & visit with one of the Cadillac GT racers, Andy Pilgrim, #8 racer of the Pirelli World Challenge.  He & Johnny O’Connell take turns doing these events during the year.  Andy is a very personable guy & shared some great racing anecdotes.  In addition, he was accompanied by his actual Cadillac race car #8, based on the CTS-V Coupe.

Racing Ready Dan with Andy Pilgrim's World Challenge Series Cadillac race car, #8, at V-Lab Series event at CoTA - December 2012

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe, chasing its racing 'brother' run by Andy Pilgrim in the Pirelli World Challenge Series

We were able to ask Andy all sorts of questions about the race car, his involvement with it & racing.  Here’s his press release information & which he autographed for me:

Andy Pilgrim, Cadillac Racer #8 in Pirelli World Challenge Series- Info & Autograph

Andy Pilgrim on the job in 'his office' at speed, Cadillac racer #8, Pirelli World Challenge Series

In addition to 2 laps around CoTA in a CTS-V Coupe, we were able to put the new Cadillac ATS Sedan through its paces.  I left with a good impression of these new mid-sized Cadillac sedans.

Cadillac ATS 'autocross' handling dynamics experience, at CoTA - December 2012

They had set up a course for us to do a short drag race & them slam on the ABS brakes.  Then we went through an accident avoidance exercise – I was most impressed by what the Stabilitrak did in keeping the ATS Sedan completely composed in that maneuver.  Lastly, we went through a short series of chicanes.  We were driving the 3.6L v6 model – nice car!

2013 Cadillac 3.6L V6 engine in ATS Sedan, at CoTA - December 2012

2013 Cadillac ATS Sedan, leather interior cockpit, at CoTA - December 2012

Part of this session was an explanation of what Michelin did to develop tire technology for the Cadillac ATS Sedan.  We were ALL extremely surprised to hear these cars were riding on run flat-tires.  These were the newly developed Michelin Primacy MXM4 tires, with new sunflower seed oil technology – AKA, grippy in all weather conditions.  They handled most famously & we had no clue they were run-flats!

2013 Cadillac ATS Sedan, on Michelin run-flat tires, at CoTA - December 2012

Michelin Primacy MXM4 tires on 2013 Cadillac ATS Sedan, at CoTA - December 2012

My last module was driving 3 additional laps in a Cadillac CTS-V Wagon; this time I chose the standard transmission edition.  Nick explained that the Wagon body is aerodynamically cleaner than the CTS-V Coupe.  The wagon was the model that clinched the best track time, for a wagon, at the Nurburgring!  The clutch & transmission engagement were fine, but the shift throws were very long & somewhat rubbery (like Nick said, it’s a Corvette tranny).  It was still fun, though!

Cadillac CTS-V Wagon, manual transmission, at CoTA, during the V-Lab Series in December 2012

After our last session, we were dismissed to make way for the afternoon group.  Going back to the parking lot, I was awestruck by the vast quantity of Cadillac CTS-V & ATS models needed for use that day.  They were lined up to be pressure washed, to have their fluids & other maintenance needs addressed.  Seeing the large number of Cadillacs & understanding what they had just gone through, it was no surprise that this care was needed.

 Vast Quantity of Cadillacs at V-Lab Series, CoTA - December 2012

Very long line of ATS Cadillacs at V-Lab Series, CoTA - December 2012

Racing Ready was honored to be able to attend such an event at a world class racing facility.  I will have to say my opinion of Cadillac as a brand has improved.  Let’s find & do more of these kinds of events!

Dan

Rear door of Cadillac CTS-V Racing transporter, at CoTA - December 2012

2012 F1 Season Completed, and Still Digesting

I know it’s been almost 3 weeks since we enjoyed the scintillating shrill of 24 Formula 1 cars blaze their inaugural trail around the Circuit of The Americas (CoTA).

First time into turn 1 at CoTA, 2012 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix - they all made it through without incident!

It’s been almost 2 weeks since the Formula 1 season came to a dramatic close at the Brazil GP in the rain, at the Interlagos Circuit in Sao Paolo (I love watching the drama of racing in the rain!).

First turn misdirection by Vettel on 1st lap of 2012 F1 Brazil GP!

It’s been about a week since the SPEED staff put together their final Debrief & shared their final farewell…(sniff)

SPEED Debrief Final Farewell

And I know I haven’t blogged about ANY of this…

I will have to say I haven’t yet fully digested all I experienced in the 5 days spent exposed to the world of Formula 1 in the Austin area.  This was at CoTA, in a variety of venues in downtown Austin & elsewhere.  I would like to properly present what I was able to experience.  I want to share with you what I learned about this special Formula 1 world of racing.

Pondering questions in preparation for the FOTA Fans' Forum in the Hilton, Austin, TX - 14-NOV-2012

Thank you for your patience & anticipation.  Racing Ready appreciates your continued readership!

Dan

2012 Formula 1 USGP in Austin – Finally Here!

2012 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix - Returns to USA in Austin, Texas!

It’s here & happening now:

Formula 1 Returns to USA in 2012

2012 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix!

For the latest information to keep up to date, click Calendars link below:

Austin Events Calendars for 2012 Formula 1 USGP Racing

To learn what it took to get here, I offer the following review…

The Formula 1 spectacle has arrived back in the USA.  Round 19 of the 2012 F1 season takes place just a few miles south of the Austin, Texas airport.  The formation & creation of the Circuit of The Americas (aka, CoTA), has been a long time in coming.  We at Racing Ready, & many others, have known about it for 2 & 1/2 years.  But the initial gestation period started much longer ago, thanks to Tavo Hellmund.  Today, you no longer see his name officially associated with CoTA.  But the idea & desire behind it all started with Tavo.

Circuit of The Americas - Home of The World Championships

Starting in May 2010, the public was made aware.  The concept of a Formula 1-spec track was proposed to be built in southeast Travis County, where Austin, the Capital of Texas is situated.  Things started to move quickly, but not exactly smoothly:

Here’s what Jenson Button, F1 driver on Team McLaren, said in expectation:

You can see elements of the Maggotts/Becketts complex from Silverstone; there’s a reverse of Istanbul Park’s Turn Eight, too; and I can even see a bit of the Hockenheim infield.

I think we’re in for a fantastic weekend – I really cannot wait to get out to Austin and see the city, the people and the track. I think it’s going to be brilliant.

See these 2 track comparison illustrations for you to appreciate:

Circuit of The Amrericas track layout comparison - showing 'Maggots & Becketts' detail

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Circuit of The Americas track layout comparison - Hockenheim 'Stadium Section'

This is a historic event in American Motorsports.  Much will continue to be written, but now enjoy the racing.  To all visitors, both here at Racing Ready & in Austin, Texas, we are SO pleased you took the time to visit.  We look forward to your return.

AUSTIN - Texas Charm, Global Appeal

GO RACE & THANK YOU!

Dan

P.S. – For in-depth reading, off track, review this: F1 Racing Grand Prix Fan Guide.  Be advised, it’s 109 pages (!), Courtesy of the Austin America-Statesman.

Circuit of The Americas, a sunset in anticipation of Formula 1 racing success!