Don’t just watch it, Drive it
Over the past six years of goldRush Rally, we’ve continually stepped up our track and driving events. This year we’ve apexed all of our previous track days with the once in a lifetime rental of the famed Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas.
This world-class destination for premium sports and entertainment, is the first racing facility in the United States purposely built for Formula 1™ racing. COTA is home to the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, which was named the 2012 “Sports Event of the Year” by SportsBusiness Journal/Daily. The inaugural F1 USGP recorded a three-day attendance of more than 265,000 fans with 117,429 attending the race on Nov. 17, making the COTA’s first Grand Prix the second-most attended Formula 1 race of the season. The 2013 F1 USGP attracted 250,324 spectators over three days’ time, securing COTA’s status as the United States’ new home for F1 racing.
In June 2014, COTA hosted the prestigious spring/summer edition of the ESPN X Games, bringing thousands of extreme sports athletes and spectators from around the world to Central Texas for four days of international competition that was broadcasted globally. COTA bested competitive bids from top cities Chicago, Detroit and Charlotte, N.C., to win the games for a four-year period.
Since its grand opening in the fall of 2012, COTA has hosted more than 1 million visitors at events such as the world’s premier motorcycle racing series, MotoGP™; V8 Supercars™, the most popular motorsport in Australia; and the popular U.S. series GRAND-AM Road Racing™, now known as United SportsCar Racing after merging with the American Le Mans Series. The Le Mans series was one of two endurance racing series, including the FIA World Endurance Championships, hosted at COTA in 2013, along with the U.S. Vintage National Championships and the first leg of the Tour of Austin, a popular bicycle race. COTA holds the unique distinction of being the only U.S. racetrack to host three World Championship auto racing series (Formula 1, MotoGP and World Endurance Championships) within one year’s time.
The 1,500-acre complex features a variety of permanent structures designed for business, education, entertainment and race use, with only 350 acres fully developed. The 3.4-mile undulating racetrack was designed by the world-famous architectural and engineering firm, Hermann Tilke GmbH & Co., and features dramatic, natural elevation changes, including a 133-foot climb up to its signature Turn 1. The 20-turn circuit incorporates some of the best-loved and most challenging turns from other iconic Formula 1 tracks around the world.
COTA’s paddock area is home to a 270,000-square foot Pit/Paddock Building with 34 garage bays and two upper levels of hospitality space. Additionally, the 44,000-square foot Event Center hosts business and social functions and serves as the venue’s Media Center during major sports and entertainment events. Also among the facility’s offerings is a massive grandstand with corporate suites, a chic, multipurpose lounge space and permanent seating for more than 9,000 guests. A state-of-the-art medical facility provides emergency medical care for competitors and spectators alike. The facility has on-site parking capabilities for approximately 25,000 vehicles, permanent depots for shuttle buses and taxis and an on-site heli-stop.
For more information and downloadable video, audio and photos, visit: www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com