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Welcome to Circuit of The Americas for the 2015 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX

Posted on October 15, 2015

Written by Meg Trahan

The wait is finally over. Welcome to Circuit of The Americas for the 2015 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX!

A big event warrants a big welcome note. Bear with us, there's a lot of info below to help you get to COTA and have the best time here. With everything from schedules to food options, this is your quick reference guide to a weekend of fun.

Download the New COTA App

Get the most out of your USGP experience with the brand new COTA app. With the schedule, maps, food options and much more, it's your easy reference guide to the USGP in the palm of your hand.

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USGP Event Map


Driving Directions

Circuit of The Americas is located at 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd, Austin, TX 78617.


Directions to Parking Lots A, B, C, D
Take SH130 to FM 812. Exit at FM 812 and travel east to COTA Blvd.

Directions to Parking Lots E, F, G, H, K
Take SH130 to Pearce Ln. Exit at Pearce Ln. and travel east to Kellam Rd. Turn right on Kellam Rd. and travel south to COTA Blvd.

Directions to Parking Lots L, M, N
Take SH71 to Wolf Ln. Travel south on Wolf Ln for 3.5 miles to Fagerquist Rd. Turn right at Fagerquist Rd. Travel west on Fagerquist Rd for 3 miles to Elroy Rd. Turn left on Elroy Rd and ravel south to Lots L, M or N.

Directions to Parking Lot T
Take SH130 (from Austin/San Antonio/Dallas) or SH71 (from Houston/Bastrop) to SH21. Take SH21 to exit FM 812 and travel west on FM812 for 5.5 miles to Lot T.


Parking Options

If you have yet to purchase parking, you have the following options available to you through COTA:

On-Site Parking
3-Day Passes and Single-Day Passes may be purchased online, or for cash each day at COTA.

Off-Site Parking
FM 973 Park & Ride 3-Day Passes are available for online purchase for $30, or you may pay $20 cash per day at the lot.

Downtown Shuttle Service
A $25 Express Shuttle Service is available for purchase online or for $25 cash per day at the Convention Center while supply lasts. The Express Shuttle will pick guests up at the Convention Center (corner of Trinity St and 4th St) in downtown Austin and drop guests off on COTA Blvd, across from the Grand Plaza.
(Please note the Standard $10 Shuttle Service is no longer available for purchase as of October 18.)

Uber
Getting to and from COTA is easy with Uber. Catch a safe ride and enter promo code UBER2COTA for $20 off your first ride to Circuit of The Americas. We’ve created a dedicated Uber drop-off and pick-up location directly across the street from the Grand Plaza main entrance.


Event Schedule

Download the COTA App for iPhone or Android for the most up-to-date event schedule throughout the weekend, or view it at our website.


Radio Broadcast

Bring your headphones and catch live audio of the race. To view the full schedule of coverage, check the COTA App later this week. (iPhone App Download or Android App Download)


Autograph + Q&A Sessions

A wristband is required to take part in an autograph session, but the Q&A is open to all guests. Wristbands are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the Wristband Booth in the Grand Plaza. Guests will only receive a wristband for a session happening that day. Quantity is very limited.

All autograph sessions will take place at our Austin360 Amphitheater, adjacent to the Grand Plaza.

Friday:
• 12:25 - 12:50 - Sauber F1 Team

Saturday:
• 3:30 - 3:50 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing
• 4:30 - 4:55 - MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 Team
• 4:55 - 5:20 - Scuderia Ferrari
• 5:05 - 5:30 - McLaren Honda
• 5:35 - 6:00 - Scuderia Toro Rosso
• 5:35 - 6:00 - Williams Martini Racing
• 6:00 - 6:25 - Q&A Haas F1 Team

Sunday:
• 10:00 - 10:20 - Lotus F1 Team
• 10:30 - 10:55 - Sahara force India
• 10:50 - 11:15 - Manor F1 Team

*Note schedule is subject to change. Download the COTA App for the most up-to-date info - iPhone App or Android App.


USGP Opening Ceremonies

The excitement on Sunday doesn’t begin with lights out; it starts much sooner with formal Grand Prix opening ceremonies beginning at 12:30 in the afternoon.

F1 Drivers’ Parade
Before taking to the track to compete, the drivers will be driven around the Circuit in vintage American cars as they are introduced to the crowd.

Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders
The cheerleaders of Texas’ most successful football franchise will perform some of their most dynamic and acrobatic routines to set the tone for a day of high-octane excitement.
(Location: Main Straight)

Genesis Drum Line
Genesis drum line will wow fans, providing an energetic beat and unique introduction for the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders’ performance.
(Location: Main Straight)

Mayer Hawthorne
Grammy-nominated neo-soul singer Mayer Hawthorne will perform the National Anthem.
(Location: Main Straight)

Patriot Parachute and Black Diamond Jet Teams
Enjoy an awe-inspiring flyover over the front straight of the Circuit at the end of the National Anthem.

Texas Southern University Drum Line
Enjoy a riveting, upbeat performance from Texas Southern University Drum Line at Turn 15 that will continue into the Grand Plaza for guests to enjoy.
(Location: Turn 15 to Grand Plaza)


Entertainment, Food & Beverages

Grand Plaza:
The Grand Plaza will be a hub of activity and entertainment during USGP weekend. Check out the Texas Saloon Bar for a full bar in a Texas-themed setting with dueling pianos and an aerial saddle performer. And be on the lookout for roaming entertainment, merchandise and much more.

POP AUSTIN International Art Show:
This satellite exhibit features an impressive collection of fine art, including pieces from Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Richard Orlinski, Desire Obtain Cherish, Shane Guffogg, Micky Hoogendijk and others. You won't want to miss the POP AUSTIN track exhibit, located in the Grand Plaza and available to all race goers.

Tower Observation Deck Tour:
Take a trip to the top of COTA's 25-story Tower to the glass-bottomed observation deck to see the stunning 360 degree view of the Circuit from a bird's-eye-view. Tower Observation Deck Tickets are offered at the base of the Tower during USGP weekend for $30 per person, or $50 per person with a VIP champagne toast at the top!

Turn 3 and Turn 9:
Check out an interactive bubble artist, acrobatic contortionist artists and hula-hoop dancers.

Turn 6:
The popular Biergarten is back, with delicious brews and beer tastings. You can also catch an acrobatic duo doing performances throughout the weekend.

Main Grandstand:
Be on the lookout for a unique work of art from POP AUSTIN on your way through the Main Grandstand Suite entrance.

Sports Bars at Turn 1, Turn 12 and Turn 19:
If you'd like to double-up or even quadruple-up on sports over the weekend, swing by a Sports Bar. They'll have full bars with TVs displaying sporting events taking place throughout the weekend. Keep your eye on the statues on these bars. Some of them may be more alive than you think.

American Muscle Car Village at Turn 19:
Celebrate America's rich car culture with classic cars on display all weekend long.

Military Village at Turn 12:
COTA has created an area dedicated to our military men and women as part of our ongoing commitment to thank them for their dedicated service to our country. Come join us Sunday morning at 11 a.m. to support new recruits as they take their Oath of Enlistment to join our Armed Forces.
• Catch an autograph session at 12:05 p.m. with Tony Schumacher

Food & Beverages:
With everything from beloved Austin Tex-Mex to BBQ to American burgers and fries, there's a little something for every diet. Download our app (for iPhone or Android) to see a full list of food and drink vendors, as well as their locations and menus.

COTA Sales Lounge:
Swing by the COTA Sales Lounge in the Grand Plaza to learn more about all the events at Circuit of The Americas, like MotoGP, X Games Austin and Vintage Racing National Championship, to name a few. You can also upgrade your weekend F1 USGP tickets here.


Fan Track Invasion

To join the celebration on the track once the Grand Prix has concluded and the winner is being crowned, you can access to the track via the following gates from 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.:
Main Grandstand East, Main Grandstand West, Turn 1B, Gate 15, Turn 12, Turn 16 Pedestrian Bridge, Turn 19


Elton John and His Band Concert

Elton John and His Band will take to our brand new infield stage constructed between Turn 11 and Turn 12 after the race on Sunday.

If you have yet to purchase a music upgrade to be closer to the stage, there are only a few remaining. Buy your music upgrade online now if you'd like to dance the night away closer to the stage.


ADA Assistance

Disability assistance carts are on standby to assist guests with disabilities. Please make a request through any event staff. ADA Services Tents will also be located outside the gates of Turn 1, Turn 4 and Turn 8.

If you need assistance and do not see any staff, please contact us for a quick response via our text alert system. Text 69050 with the acronym "COTA" followed by your request or question.


Safety Information

Our guests' safety is of the utmost importance. To view all prohibited items, please visit our F1 USGP FAQ online.

If you need assistance at any point while you're at the USGP and do not see any staff nearby, please text us at 69050 with "COTA" followed by your request or question. If it's a location-based inquiry, please also include your location.


DOWNTOWN AUSTIN EVENTS


Fan Forum Kicks Off COTA Fan Fest on Thursday

Fan Forum will take place on the Bud Light Stage at the Rainey Street COTA Fan Fest location on Thursday, October 22. The forum will feature current F1 stars, including the first homegrown driver to race at Circuit of The Americas, Alexander Rossi. The drivers will answer fans' questions and sign autographs.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Attendance is free
Entry will be first-come, first-served

Confirmed F1 Drivers in Attendance
• Alexander Rossi - Manor Marussia F1 Team
• Felipe Massa - Williams Martini Racing
• Daniel Ricciardo - Infiniti Red Bull Racing
• Nico Hulkenberg - Sahara Force India F1 Team
• Günther Steiner - Haas F1 Team, Team Principal


COTA Fan Fest - October 22 - 24

COTA Fan Fest will take place Thursday, October 22 through Saturday, October 24. Join us each evening for a free celebration of motorsports and music in downtown Austin.

Rainey Street will host the main Bud Light Stage and venues across downtown will offer an eclectic array of musical performances and activities. Go here to view all the iconic Austin venues involved.

Bud Light Stage Lineup at Rainey Street

Thursday: 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Elle King
Fan Forum

Friday: 5 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Mayer Hawthorne
Ozomatli
Money Chicha

Saturday: 5 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Public Enemy
A-Trak
Holiday Mountain

Official Venues
C-Boy's • Austin Rocks • The Blackheart • The Mohawk • Scoot Inn • The Belmont • Speakeasy • Banger's Sausage House • ToyJoy • Wild About Music • Vulcan Gas Co • TenOak • Summit Rooftop Lounge • Half Step • The Market • Hangar Lounge • Bungalow • Concrete Cowboy • Continental Club • Park Side • Parish • The Backspace


The Senna Hall of Fame Collection

A unique compilation of Ayrton Senna's personal effects from throughout his entire career in Formula 1 will be on display at COTA's new downtown Austin location, the Downtown Paddock, during USGP weekend.

The Senna Hall of Fame Collection is one of the largest private collections in the world, and showcases items from each era of Senna's celebrated career, including his first Formula 1 test at Williams in 1983 and his final, fateful season with Williams in 1994.

A snapshot of the many items included:
• Race-used steering wheels from some of Senna's greatest F1 cars
• Rear-wing endplates from almost every F1 car driven by Senna
• Senna's World Championship winning gloves from the 1990 season

To learn more about this collection and view it, visit the Downtown Paddock at 304 E. Cesar Chavez Street.


POP AUSTIN International Art Show

When you find yourself downtown experiencing all Austin has to offer, don't miss POP AUSTIN's keystone show "Illumiation." The United Nations named 2015 as the "International Year of Light." In celebration, "Illumination" will feature a number of light-based works by celebrated artists such as Carlo Bernardini, Hans Kotter, Jeongmoon Choi and others from around the world. Get more info.


APEX Nights

Introducing APEX Nights, the official post-race party during Grand Prix race weekend. A limited number of single-entry tickets have been released and we're letting you in on the secret! Shhh... check it out



We look forward to seeing you very soon. Until then, stay connected with us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You'll get a behind-the-scenes look at the USGP and get to interact with COTA in a unique way. And once you're here, share your experience with us on social media via #COTA and #USGP.