‘The Circuit of The Americas (COTA)’ – 2017 Formula One Venue

The Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, is a world-class destination for premium sports and entertainment events, the first racing facility in the United States purpose-built for Formula 1™ racing. COTA is home to the Formula 1 USGP

Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, United States of America. Photo Courtesy of Photo: Glenn Dunbar/Williams
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Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, United States of America.
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The Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, is a world-class destination for premium sports and entertainment events, the first racing facility in the United States purpose-built for Formula 1™ racing. COTA is home to the FORMULA 1 USGP, which was named the 2012 “Sports Event of the Year” by Sports Business Journal/Daily. Attendance at the United States Grand Prix has exceeded 235,000 each year, making it one of the best attended races on the calendar and securing COTA‘s status as the United States’ new home for Formula 1 motor racing.In June 2015, COTA hosted the prestigious 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 broadcast globally. COTA bested competitive bids from top cities including 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 Tudor United SportsCar Championship was one of two endurance racing series, including the FIA World Endurance Championship, hosted at COTA as part of the annual Lone Star Le Mans event.

COTA holds the unique distinction of being the only U.S. facility to host three World Championship auto racing series (Formula 1, MotoGP, and World Endurance Championship) within one year. For 2016, COTA will be the only American round on each of those series’ calendars.

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 is also home to the Austin360 Amphitheater, an expansive outdoor live music space with room for 14,000 guests. Recently named one of USA Today’s 10 Best Concert Venues Across the USA, Austin360 Amphitheater features the largest permanent stage in Central Texas.

Directly behind the Austin360 Amphitheater is the Circuit’s 25-story Observation Tower, the venue’s most noted architectural element. The Tower features an observation deck with a 360-degree view of the racing circuit, downtown Austin, and the Texas Hill Country.

Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, United States of America. Photo: Glenn Dunbar/Williams

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 for approximately 25,000 vehicles, permanent depots for shuttle buses and taxis and an on-site helistop.

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Circuit of The Americas (COTA) with the American Sound Track fueled by Exxon and Mobil stations, showcased more than 30 Texas acts, spanning musical genres from country to hip-hop, and soul to indie folk in addition to headlining concerts by international superstars Justin Timberlake (Oct 21) and Stevie Wonder (Oct 22). These newly added  American Sound Track performances were set to take place on multiple stages throughout COTA grounds during Austin’s Formula 1 USGP weekend. The showcase serves as a snapshot of the richly diverse musical talent from around the Lone Star State and speaks to Austin’s commitment to its status as the “Live Music Capital of the World.”

“There is no better way to continue celebrating after a race than with live music in Austin,” said Kai Decker, global sponsorship manager for ExxonMobil. “We are excited to sponsor the American Soundtrack with COTA at our home track in Austin. In this city, racing and live music go hand in hand. It’s a fun way for us to engage fans and promote our partnership with Red Bull Racing.”

Featured performers include the Austin-based and North Texas-bred roots rock collective The Texas Gentlemen, recently touted by Rolling Stone as “the greatest honky-tonk band you’ve never heard of.” The Gents have shared stages with Leon Bridges, Kris Kristofferson, Nikki Lane, and Shakey Graves, and are sure to rev things up with tunes from their recent full-length debut, TX Jelly, recorded at Muscle Shoals’ FAME Studios. American singer and guitarist Israel Nash joins the weekend, playing music from his critically acclaimed Rain Plains, which Rolling Stones Germany named “one of the most phenomenal Americana records of 2014.” Indie hip-hop ZEALE + Blastfamous USA will keep the party going, and much-lauded psych rock & soul band Los Coast, country’s Jonathan Terrell, and blues soul/funk duo The Peterson Brothers are not-to-miss acts during the weekend.

The full lineup for the American Sound Track fueled by Exxon and Mobil stations was as follows:

.-A-Town Get Down

.-Big Wy’s Brass Band

.-Body Rock w/ DJ Chorizo Funk & Riders Against the Storm

.-Cilantro Boombox

.-CJ Edwards & The Funk Fellowship

.-Conjunto Los Pinkys

.-Cut Throat Finches

.-D Madness

.-DJ Jester the Filipino Fist & DJ Donnie Dee

.-Elijah Ford

.-Flavor Raid

.-Flying Balalaika Brothers

.-Garner Sloan

.-Henry the Archer

.-Hooka Hey

.-Jonathan Terrell

.-Kiko Villamizar

.-Le Saboteur

.-Los Coast

.-Migrant Kids

.-Nathan Hamilton

Saint Sinner

.-St. Stephen’s Thunder Drummers

.-Silas Nello

.-The Texas Gentlemen

.-The Georges

.-The Last Knife Fighter

.-Tomar & The FCs

.-Uncle Lucius

.-Zeale + Blastfamous USA

2017 FIA Formula 1 World Championship






Lewis Hamilton

Great Britain

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team


Valtteri Bottas


Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team


Sebastian Vettel


Scuderia Ferrari


Kimi Räikkönen


Scuderia Ferrari


Felipe Massa


Williams Martini Racing


Lance Stroll


Williams Martini Racing


Daniel Ricciardo


Red Bull Racing


Max Verstappen


Red Bull Racing


Sergio Perez


Sahara Force India F1 Team


Esteban Ocon


Sahara Force India F1 Team


Nico Hulkenberg


Renault Sport Formula 1 Team


Carlos Sainz


Renault Sport Formula 1 Team


Daniil Kvyat


Scuderia Toro Rosso


Brendon Hartley

New Zealand

Scuderia Toro Rosso


Marcus Ericsson


Sauber F1 Team


Pascal Wehrlein


Sauber F1 Team


Fernando Alonso


McLaren Honda


Stoffel Vandoorne


McLaren Honda


Romain Grosjean


Haas F1 Team


Kevin Magnussen


Haas F1 Team

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2017 Formula 1 Grand Premio de Mexico


27 – 29 October

Race distance

305.354 km

Circuit length

4.304 km

Number of laps


With its first race in 2015, the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit is situated in the center of Mexico City and has not held a Formula One Grand Prix since 1992. This race was won by Nigel Mansell for the Williams Renault Team. The facility has been comprehensively upgraded, while the entire track was resurfaced for the occasion and changes made to a number of corners including Peraltada.



10 – 12 November

Race distance

305.909 km

Circuit length

4.309 km

Number of laps


Located in Sao Paulo, Interlagos includes the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace racetrack, home to the Brazilian Grand Prix. The Interlagos circuit has played host to some of the most exciting and memorable races in recent Formula One history, including Lewis Hamilton winning the World Championship on the last lap of the 2008 race. Regarded as one of the most challenging circuits in Grand Prix racing, Alain Prost still holds the record with six victories in Brazil.



24 – 26 November

Race distance

305.355 km

Circuit length

5.554 km

Number of laps


The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix located on Yas Island, is Formula One’s first ever day-night race, with a local start time of 17:00. Floodlights are activated from the start of the race to provide a transition into the evening. It has been the last race of the calendar for the past 2 years.


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