Next weekend the American Le Mans Series is coming to Austin for a weekend of racing and fun. You don’t have to be a racing fanatic to recognize one of the gentlemen in the driver’s seat. Grey’s Anatomy heart throb, Patrick Dempsey (Dr. McDreamy) will be racing his team’s car.
The way I see it, this is a win win for guys and girls: Guys can use to this as a selling point to get their special ladies to the race, and girls can get tickets for their guys acting like it’s the race that they interested in (we won’t tell).
This weekend of racing is extremely fan friendly as there is an opportunity for fans to walk around the paddock, pit lanes and check out the cars, take pictures, and get an up close look at the track. There will also be opportunities to get autographs from the drivers as well (I know which line I’ll be in). There is also a kids festival with a carnival complete with rides and concessions, a formula drift demo and sport bike demo.
Thanks to my Dad, I have been a Formula One fan most of my life. But until last November, I never had the opportunity to see a race in person. From the second I stepped foot on the grounds at Circuit of the Americas, my love of racing skyrocketed. The experience was absolutely incredible and has peaked my interest in other races out at the track as well.
I am especially excited about the American Le Mans coming in a few weeks. The Le Mans is a multi class racing event with everything from technically advanced prototypes to exotic cars and sports cars like Porsche, Ferrari, and the SRT Viper. What’s crazy about Le Mans is that while their are five different classes of vehicles with varying top-speeds, they all race on the same track at the same time!
One of my favorite races to watch is the 24 Hours of Le Mans, because it is just incredible to me to think that those guys race for a full day straight. Don’t worry though, the Austin Le Mans is a much more manageable six hours of racing excitement. This video does a great job of summarizing the rules and generally explaining why Le Mans is so much fun to watch!
It’s sure to be a weekend of awesome cars and lots of racing. Fun Fact: Actor turned Driver Patrick Dempsey will also be competing in this event!
We wrote about the big Formula 1™ race at Circuit of The Americas™ last year because of the very cool Official program that is available through Circuit of The Americas Experiences. The F1 United States Grand Prix exceeded everyone’s expectations this past November, hosting the world’s most prestigious motorsports competition in spectacular fashion and winning “Sports Event of the Year” from the respected industry publication Sports Business Journal.
This year, the big race is set for November 14-17, and a major celebrity component has been added to the Official program with the unveiling of the Legends Club, where motorsports icons Mario Andretti and Jackie Stewart will mix with the fans, Formula 1™ driver Esteban Gutiérrez will make an appearance and where American Idol winner Taylor Hicks will perform a concert on Thursday night. The Legends Club, presented by Circuit of The Americas Experiences, is a 20,000-square foot, climate-controlled hospitality venue where guests will eat, drink and relax on the weekend after viewing the world’s fastest cars from seating at varied track locations.
The Taylor Hicks concert immediate follows a behind-the-scenes tour of the $400 million, state-of-the-art facility, culminating in a private party in the Legends Club and the performance by the 2006 American Idol winner. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and a meet and greet with Circuit of The Americas’ Ambassador, Mario Andretti, will also be part of the scene.
A special “lunch with a legend” program with former Formula 1™ superstar Jackie Stewart is Friday’s highlight as the three-time world driving champion and safety advocate will do a question and answer session in addition to signing autographs and interacting with attendees during the gourmet lunch and cocktail event.
The Legends Club will remain open Saturday and Sunday, featuring interactive experiences, race simulators, simulcast television coverage, gourmet food and premium bars. A special appearance by Formula 1 driver Esteban Gutiérrez of Team Sauber, one of the sport’s promising stars, is also scheduled for Saturday.
The race weekend culminates with the F1 United States Grand Prix on Sunday and America’s most internationally prominent sporting event is sure to attract even more big-name celebrities with the inauguration of the Legends Club and the new VIP Celebrity Skybox venue (some seats available to the general public).
See you there!
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When I’ve gone to Circuit of The Americas™, I was lucky to have a media credential that got me behind-the-scenes access. I got my credentials direct from Circuit of The Americas™, had access to media parking and lots of other things were taken care of. Now, Circuit of The Americas™ is making that kind of access available to the public, too.
That special treatment given to media, TV partners and major sponsors is now available through Circuit of The Americas Experiences, to groups, companies, fans and rabid motorsports enthusiasts at www.COTAExperiences.com. The packages consist of tickets, on-site parties in the VIP lounge, pit lane walks, driver appearances, food, beverages, insider access and amenities, parking and hotel accommodations plus ground transportation for out-of-towners. There are multiple price levels and packages can be customized according to what kind of special experience you desire.
www.COTAExperiences.com features Official Ticket Packages available for three of the the facility’s biggest 2013 attractions:
MotoGP™ World Championships April 19-21
V8 Supercars Championship May 17-19
FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ Nov. 15-17.
These Official Ticket Packages come direct from Circuit of The Americas™, so there are no concerns about scalpers or bogus passes as you head for the VIP experience of a lifetime!
If you have not been out to Circuit of The Americas you are missing out on fun at one of the best venues in town. A trip out to the racetrack is something that needs to be added to everyone’s 2013 calendar as we are lucky enough to have it right in our own backyard.
Here is a glance and quick guide to some of the biggest events in racing coming this year.
What: MotoGP™ World Championships
When: April 19th – April 21st
MotoGP™ is the premier motorcycle racing event in the world.
It is an 18-race series, covering 13 countries, 4 continents.
These motorcycles produce 200HP and can go 0-60 in three seconds and reach speeds of over 200 mph.
It is something to see as these riders are in a class of their own achieving lean angles as low as 45 degrees.
What: V8 Supercars Championship
When: May 17th – May 19th
This race features The Car of the Future!
This will be the first V8 Supercars Championship on American soil
This sport evolved from a tradition of Australian touring car racing
Cars reach speeds of 185 mph
American Idol’s Elise Testone will be performing in the Circuit of The Americas Experiences’ in-track party venue next to the Main Grandstand.
What: Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™
When: November 15th- November 17th
This is the world’s most prestigious motor racing series and the world’s most popular annual sporting event.
This race is the place to see and be seen. Big names from all over the World came out last year.
Formula 1® the fastest, most exhilarating and sophisticated sport in the world.
The cars racing present the very summit of automotive technology, racing at top speed of over 200 miles per hour.
The sport also provides a valuable research and development laboratory for the leading motor manufacturers.
It takes an average of 10 years for the technology used in Formula 1® cars to make it to our everyday vehicle.
I have already been out to the track several times. The world of racing sports is so fan friendly. These events offer Pit Walks, interactive experiences, opportunities to mingle with the drivers, roam the track and even a chance to go up to the top of the tower. Each day throughout the weekend is so different and such a unique experience. Heading out there is one of the things you must do in Austin. Keep in mind people travel from all over the world to come to the track and it calls Austin home, this is not something to take for granted.
Each of these races offer a variety of seating options from the Main Grandstands to the most exciting turns throughout the track. So there are options for all price points and all seats give a different perspective and experience!