Track Feature – Circuit of The Americas

Jake Masters

December 19, 2017

Circuit of The Americas is world-class motorsports and entertainment destination located outside of Austin, Texas. It features a 20-turn, 3.41-mile racetrack that was built to challenge even the world’s best drivers.
 
History of Circuit of The Americas
Construction of Circuit of The Americas began in 2010 and officially opened on October 21, 2012. It was the first circuit in the United States to be purpose-built for Formula One and has FIA Grade 1 license. Today, COTA contributes almost $1 billion in economic impact to Central Texas through increased tourism and annual operations.
 
Circuit Features
Observation Tower – The landmark of the complex is a 251-foot observation tower that boasts views of the circuit and downtown Austin.

Austin360 Amphitheater – At the base of the Observation Tower is an open-air concert venue where acts like Kenny Chesney, Mumford & Sons and Lynyrd Skynyrd have performed.

Grandstand – The main grandstand is the primary seating area of the venue with a 9,000-person capacity.

Audi Driving Experience – In partnership with Audi of America, COTA offers four driving programs that teach proper technique behind the wheel of the latest Audi Sport vehicles.

Circuit of The Americas Fun Facts
  • COTA contributes almost $1 billion in economic impact to Central Texas.
  • The Circuit features a permanent outdoor amphitheater, which has hosted famous acts like Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffett.
  • COTA’s Full Grand Prix circuit has 20 turns.
  • Racing legend, Mario Andretti, ran the ceremonial first laps of the track in 2012.
  • In 2017, a soccer stadium was announced as an addition to the venue.

Upcoming Circuit of The Americas Events:
Whether you participate in an event or watch the pros, a trip to the Circuit of The Americas is an experience of a lifetime. Explore these upcoming events:

  • Pirelli World Challenge – March 24-25, 2018
  • MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas – April 20-22, 2018

Find a complete schedule of upcoming events at COTA and other tracks across the U.S. And as always, ensure you and your car are protected with insurance from Lockton Motorsports. Find the policy that’s right for you.