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 Progress Witnessed, w/Exclusive Trackside Comparison Images

Saturday, I was able to visit Wild Bubba’s Wild Game Grill, along with Michael Cox, Business Manager of KHP Consulting.  KHP handles an integral role of getting together & coordinating the logistics for Formula 1 events.  In this case, they are acting as a coordinating liaison between the Formula 1 machine & Circuit of The Americas (CoTA).

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KHP will work with Circuit of The Americas’ marketing, public relations and guest services departments, to develop innovative programs and accommodation, promoting positive experiences for teams, drivers and fans.

“Opening a new Grand Prix venue and preparing for the tens of thousands of race fans and national and international media representatives that will attend a F1 event takes careful planning and execution,” said Julie Loignon, vice president of public and community relations for Circuit of The Americas.  “KHP has significant expertise upon which our management team can draw, and the consulting firm’s years of experience serving the F1 community will be invaluable to us as we move quickly towards our grand opening this fall.”

I met Michael last August, when he made an anticipatory visit to South/Central Texas. You can read here about what he experienced.  Today I introduced him to Wild Bubba (aka Wyman Gilliam).  We were able to share F1 event “how to” questions & possible expected logistical present & future plans.  We also enjoyed antelope burgers – VERY good!

Wild Bubba, Michael Cox of KHP & Racing Ready Dan at the Wild Game Grill - 2012-07-14

We also were able to see new developments of CoTA & the environs.  Quite a bit has changed since I took pictures in June of 2011.  Here’s 2 “then & now” pix for you to enjoy.  These will allow you to appreciate the great progress CoTA has achieved & some of the views (& viewing areas from the nearby General Admission areas).

CoTA view comparison, Turn 11 - June 2011 to July 2012

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CoTA view comparison, Turns 10 & 12 plus - June 2011 to July 2012

With about 4 months to go till the Austin F1 USGP debuts on November 18th, there is still a lot to complete.  Most of the track circuit has had the 1st (of three) layers of asphalt paved.  Although we were not able to actually be onsite at CoTA, the activities documented on the Web, along with conversations with those in the know, all of this will come to fruition in a timely manner.

Racing Ready grows more excited in anticipation of this new, world-class, motorsports event to come.  Austin & CoTA will pull this all off well & will continue to improve in subsequent years.

Dan

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!

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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.

Dan

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!

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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

Dan

CoTA Announces Austin F1 USGP 3-Day Ticket Purchasing!

SELECT YOUR SEATING FOR THE 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™

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:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:  Julie Loignon
Office:  512.536.1457
Julie.Loignon@circuitoftheamericas.com

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!

GO RACE !

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

Dan

CoTA Construction Progress, Detailed Numbers

Entering the front straight construction progress of Circuit of The Americas (mid May 2012)

Here’s the latest progress report form Circuit of The Americas, with solid, detailed numbers & facts (our thanks to AutoWeek.com):

Construction is ongoing at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.  Several upgrades are being made, and the project is expected to be finished in the fall.

Here are a few of the updates that are being worked on:

Pit Building

-Window frames are going in

-Approximately 75 percent of the exterior walls are complete

-Approximately 75 percent of the roof is complete

-Painting interior walls

-Getting the garage level ready to pour concrete

Main Grandstand

-Approximately 75 percent of the steel has gone up

-Approximately 100 percent of the pre-cast seating area is done

-Steel on the back of the main grandstand is expected to begin going up next week

-Top floor (suite level) of grandstand expected to be poured by the end of next week

Other updates

-Foundation for pedestrian bridges at T16 and T3 are approximately 75 percent complete

-North parking lot (T11-12) rough-graded, meaning it is ready to receive flex base

-COTA Blvd. from Elroy Rd. is expected to receive flex base by the end of the week, after which paving can begin

-Work continues on the south parking area

-Remainder of piers expected to go up in amphitheater by end of this week

Construction Progress by the Numbers

-3.9 million cubic yards of dirt moved

-870,000 cubic yards of dirt brought to site

-736 tons of steel erected at the Grandstand

-79,000 yards of concrete have been poured

-Approximately 575 workers currently on site

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20120517/F1/120519831#ixzz1vAtNZf9Z

Aerial view of CoTA front straight area construction progress (mid May 2012)

Lots of good stuff to review here.  Racing Ready is also looking forward to Formula Expo™, on June 16-17, 2012.  If you’re truly serious about attending the Austin Formula 1 USGP racing event this coming November 2012, you WILL attend this event.

Be there – RACE ON !

Dan

CoTA 3-Day Passes Ticketing Survey

I recently participated in Circuit of The America‘s 3-Day Passes Ticketing Applied Surveys.  After having tried to exhaust the PSL (personal seating license) scheme, they are now trying for the “low hanging fruit”.

CoTA - Please Complete a Brief Survey

Here are the comments I submitted along with my survey answers:

I have been planning for this event for almost 2 years now, first blogging about it at http://RacingReady.com & now facilitating a Formula 1 race watch party series via http://SanAntonioF1Club.com.

Besides the grassy areas for General Admission, I would like to be able to wander around the track during those 3 days & not be restricted to JUST those 3 grassy areas.  My plan has been to gather further photographic, & interview data to publish on my blogs.  This will be to further promote the sport, as well as the current & upcoming events planned at Circuit of The Americas.

Also, you make no mention of any sort of Pit Pass access – is that not open to any sort of consideration?  And what of the different buildings’ access, accompanied with the different pricing levels?  This almost feels like we are being subjected to a caste system of ticketing!

I hope you are well represented at the upcoming Formula Expo.  I’m sure I, as well as many other passionate F1 fans, will be plying you with many of these & other pressing questions.  Please be prepared…

Remember, grassroots race fans (many of whom are amateur racers, themselves) might not be able to pay the higher ticket amounts you are proposing.  But they have a STRONG online voice that will strongly influence what many prospective fans will think of Circuit of The Americas & its future successful growth.

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Thank you – RACE ON!

One way or the other, I’m planning on being there.  I’d really like to be represented as some sort of contributing blogger, but they might consider me small potatoes.  I’m sure this impression would be better & more positive if Tavo Hellmund was still truly part of all this!

We’ll see if this might rustle some CoTA feathers – we here at Racing Ready shall see…

Dan

Speed City Podcast, Motorsports Resource

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For all sorts of information about the interaction of Formula 1, Circuit of The Americas (CoTA) & other motorsports-related activities in the Austin & South/Central Texas area, this is the podcast (weekly, more or less) you will need to listen to.  Go to:  http://speedcitypodcast.com

Red Bull F1 (with David Coulthard) at Turn 8, in 2011!

Les & Jon do a great job of describing automotive/racing happenings, they even mention the SAF1C race watch parties! (Select podcast #5, 22:12 in…)  Here’s what they have to say about themselves:

Jon and Les are pure and absolute motorsports nuts who consume anything motorsports related.  From month to month our focus shifts to the current hot topic, whether it is worldwide or centric to Central Texas.

Both have participated as drivers and spectators numerous times in motorsporting events, be they club, private or open to the public. On any given day, during our non-corporate hours, we can be found wrenching on something fun, learning about new technology, attending car/bike shows or watching races.

In our pod casts, we will do our best to provide reliable information, as we become aware of it.  We will reference direct quotes and legitimate media sources as the source. We are not here to perpetuate rumors or make inflammatory statements, neither are we lawyers!

We hope you enjoy our pod cast and look forward to hearing from you after you have listened to them.

Racing Ready supports Speed City Podcast & you should, too!

Dan