F1 racing reached its peak relevance in the US in the ’60s and early ’70s when the Grand Prix took place at Watkins Glen and American drivers such as Dan Gurney competed with Europe’s best. The Formula One United States Grand Prix dropped off the calendar in 2007, but now the R3 billion Circuit of the Americas (COTA) track in Austin, Texas, is a big and bold argument that F1 can bring back American crowds. And COTA is well-positioned to succeed where past efforts have failed.
The track is an all-in bet on F1. Past US courses, such as Indianapolis from 2000 to 2007, have repurposed oval tracks, but COTA is purpose-built for F1. It’s a thrilling circuit, with blind rises; a huge, 300-km/h straight that dumps into a reversing-apex corner at turn 12; and masses of space to pass.
In this video, official ambassador, Mario Andretti, visits COTA and drives the first-ever lap around the track…
Will this new state-of-the-art track keep Grand Prix racing in the US for good? Find out in PM”s March 2013 issue – on sale 25 February.
Video credit: Circuit of Americas