Formula 1 – Is Coming to Town!
The United States’ First Purpose-Built Grand Prix Facility
The Circuit Of The Americas which has been built in Austin is a multipurpose facility that will host the most prestigious racing events in the world, including the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™. It is the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the U.S. and we got it!
Built around a state-of-the-art 3.4-mile circuit track with capacity for 120,000 fans and an elevation change of 133 feet, the facility is designed for any and all classes of racing – from motor power, to human power.
Austin’s unique environment has given the developers the opportunity to design a truly unique circuit, one that has been brought to life by famous track architect Hermann Tilke. The track features many of the elements of previous “classic” circuits, with fast turns that require commitment form the drivers and technical turns that will test the cars. The track has a total of 20 turns that will thrill driver and fan alike. This track is designed to be an immediate international classic, hosting race events that will be ever ingrained in the history of Grand Prix motor-sports.
Elite Auto Racing
Formula 1 or F1, is the highest class of single –seater auto racing sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile. The F1 Season consists of a series of races, known as Grand Prix (from French, originally meaning grand prizes), held on purpose-built circuits and public roads all over the world. A modern F1 car is a technical masterpiece, almost closer to a fighter jet than other cars. Formula 1 cars race at speed of up to 220 mph, with engines revving to a formula imposed 18,000 rpm.
Formula 1 Facts (courtesy of CoTA – www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com)
- Formula 1 is the world’s most-watched sport on television annually.
- Formula 1 is ranked #1 in economic impact in economic impact in annual sporting events worldwide.
- On average over 300,000 people attend an F1 event over race weekend.
- 1 billion adults, 15% of the world population are Formula 1 fans.
Circuit of The Americas is a new world-class motor-sports and entertainment venue in Texas, located nine miles from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and less than 15 miles from downtown Austin.
Circuit of The Americas is more than a track – it is designed to be the only purpose-built facility in the U.S. to host the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ through 2021 and V8 SUPERCARS from 2013-2018. It will be the only FIA-certified Grade 1 track in the United States, and one of only 26 Grade 1-certified motor sports facilities in the world. The circuit currently holds exclusive rights in the United States to host a V8 SUPERCARS event.
The venue is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of fans from all over the world and be seen by approximately 30 million television viewers across the globe for the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ while also hosting dozens of high-profile motor-sports, entertainment and business events each year. CoTA will also serve as a leader in sustainability as it relates to major event venues and motor-sports, through high-performance operations, design, research, education and partnerships.
CoTA-hosted events are projected to generate an annual economic impact of $400 million to $500 million, equating to $4 billion to $5 billion over 10 years for Texas. The CoTA-hosted FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ will attract as many as 300,000 people each Grand Prix weekend, with an estimated 80 percent of attendees coming from outside Texas.
Circuit of The Americas is ideally situated on a 1000-acre site in southeast Austin, approximately two miles from Austin Bergstrom International Airport, with scenic views of downtown.
More than a racetrack, Circuit of The Americas is a world-class performance, education and business center that will feature:
- Racing-focused amenities including a private Motor sports Driving Club and a Karting Track
- Public spaces for private events, seminars and conventions
- Visitor attractions that include an expansive live entertainment space, retail center and museum
- A center with research facilities and robust services and amenities to power a broad range of business, technology and education allies
- 40,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art Conference/Media Center
- 5,500 sq. ft. medical center, offering paramedic services and EMS & medical student training
- Area for law enforcement vehicle training
- Fire and rescue training areas
- Driving academies
- Educational programs