Circuit of The Americas (COTA) today confirmed that the 2014 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX would be held Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, 2014. “Formula 1™ race organizers set race dates and locations according to a global calendar with incredible scheduling and logistical considerations,” COTA Chairman Bobby Epstein noted. “We are pleased that our date falls on a weekend that doesn't conflict with any major conventions scheduled for Austin, due to the impact that kind of overlap could have on hotel availability. In early November, Central Texas hotels are wide open, and it’s beautiful time of year to visit Austin and experience our immersive Formula 1 weekend. “Due to the large number of NASCAR events scheduled annually, there will occasionally be overlaps with events at Circuit of The Americas, and that will happen next year. However there are few similarities between a NASCAR race and the Formula 1 weekend we have developed. The F1 USGP is a massive, fun and entertaining experience that has performed well against all kinds of competition. Many members of the public were concerned that our first F1 race fell on the same date as the season-ending NASCAR race in Florida, and it proved to be a non-issue. Ultimately, we see this as a great opportunity to draw sports fans from around the world to Texas and to proving again that Austin is the place to enjoy premium racing and entertainment.”
What could bring the hottest performers from country music and Southern rock Americana, hilarious comedians and iconic reality TV stars like the guys from “Duck Dynasty” to Austin, Texas, this Memorial Day weekend? That would be the quirkiest new festival to join Circuit of The Americas’ (COTA) roster of major entertainment events—RedFest presented by Natty Light. COTA executives and comedian and outdoor enthusiast Jeff Foxworthy today unveiled plans for RedFest presented by Natty Light, set for Friday, May 23, through Sunday, May 25, 2014, at Circuit of The Americas. Foxworthy, who is founder and grand marshal of the event, describes RedFest as a celebration of everything he loves to do outdoors.
Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the motorcycle enthusiast in your life? Circuit of The Americas™ (COTA) has the answer, as tickets for the 2014 Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas at COTA go on sale Thursday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. CT online at http://www.circuitoftheamericas.com/and at www.ticketmaster.com. COTA will host the first of only two MotoGP contests in the United States next year and welcome the best motorcycle riders in the world to Austin April 11-13. COTA’s 2014 MotoGP event features many new fan-friendly options, including • FREE motorcycle parking for fans that purchase their tickets by Dec. 31, 2013; • Three-day weekend passes and single-day ticket options for fans; • A new dry camping option for fans who want to stay close to the circuit all weekend; and • Kids 12 and under receive FREE general admission with a ticketed adult.
Circuit of The Americas™ (COTA) hit another home run with this year’s Austin Fan Fest fueled by Shell, a four-day Grand Prix celebration held during the 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX. Approximately 225,000 visitors took part in the festive street party covering 12 blocks of downtown Austin. Guests enjoyed an impressive array of experiential exhibits, racing games and simulators, and exciting rides and kids’ activities, while sampling Austin’s culinary scene and live music from six stages.
Following a carefully planned transition period, Circuit of The Americas (COTA) today announced that Steve Sexton is departing as its chief executive officer. Jason Dial, company president, will assume the role of CEO. “This was a tough decision for me to make, but the timing is right,” Sexton said. “Our team’s accomplishments in the last three years have been remarkable, and I am very proud and privileged to have worked with a group of experienced and dedicated individuals, who’ve proven time and again that nothing is impossible. Our just-completed Formula 1 United States Grand Prix is further evidence of the exceptional experience that the COTA can deliver. And to see the way that the City of Austin, Travis County and the State of Texas have embraced our accomplishments is incredibly rewarding. “We’ve done a considerable amount of heavy lifting the past few years, and the time is right for me to pass the executive torch to Jason Dial, who is well positioned to lead COTA into its next chapter. The enormous effort required to build and launch an internationally renowned company in a matter of months has left little time for anything but work. I’m looking forward to taking a break and spending time with my family who sacrificed a lot while we were fully focused on opening the circuit and putting COTA on a path for long-term success. I am so proud of the team we’ve assembled and the impact they’ve had in a short amount of time. Big things are on the horizon for Circuit of The Americas, and I am thrilled to have been here to start the COTA story.”
Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel barely broke a sweat as he started from the pole and led virtually the entire 56-lap race on his way to setting a new Formula 1™ record for consecutive wins, with eight in row. His unprecedented winning streak began on Aug. 25, when he took the checkered flag at the Belgium Grand Prix. That was followed by wins in Italy, Singapore, Korea, Japan, India and Abu Dhabi. He celebrated by doing “doughnuts” on the track, to the delight of the crowd, just as he had two weeks ago when he secured the 2013 Driver’s Championship – his fourth in a row – following the win in India.