Circuit of the Americas

Chastain Goes Bumper to Bumper, Takes EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix (March 27, 2022)

Ross Chastain won the NASCAR Cup Series EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix in dramatic style, ending in a frantic, four lead-change two-lap overtime. 

Chastain led 31 of 69 laps around the 3.41-mile, 20-turn circuit, but the final lap presented the greatest challenge. Chastain, A.J. Allmendinger and Alex Bowman all traded paint and positions in the closing lap of overtime.  But after running off course and falling to third, Chastain drove into the bumper of Allmendinger, sending him into Bowman. Chastain avoided Allmendinger and Bowman to take the checkered flag. 

Inside NASCAR Pit Stops (March 27, 2022)

NASCAR pit lanes could be mistaken for an uneventful location.  One usually sees a dozen or so people reclining on the garage floor, sitting on stacks of tires, watching the race on monitors, or attending to their smart phone.  About five minutes before a car enters the pit, the team starts to stir.  And by the time a car pulls into the pit, there is a fury of activity, lasting, on average, 12 seconds.  

But the real under workings of the pit crew are nowhere near as casual.  Pit stops are a complex, tightly choreographed processes that significantly affects the outcome of a race.  Actions taken on the pit lane will win or lose NASCAR Cup races.  

Verstappen Edges Hamilton in US Grand Prix, October 24, 2021

A dramatic race before a record setting crowd had Max Verstappen edge-out Lewis Hamilton to win his first U.S. Grand Prix Sunday at Circuit of the Americas.  The win added to Verstappen’s lead in the Formula 1 Driver’s Championship.  The Mad Dutchman now has a 13-point lead entering the final three races of the season. 

Jamie Chadwick Defends W Series Crown, October 24, 2021

Jamie Chadwick defended her W Series crown while dominating both races at the Circuit of the Americas. W Series is an all-female, single-seater, open-wheel racing championship started in 2019.  Drivers are selected solely by their ability and race in mechanical cars, meaning championship are decided on the talent of the drive and not the wealth of the team. 

Verstappen Takes US Grand Prix Pole, October 23, 2021

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen secured the pole position in Sunday’s U.S. Grand Prix with a lap time of 1:32.910.  Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) will join Verstappen in the front row, finishing 0.209 behind Verstappen.  Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez (+0.224) rounded out the top three finishers.  

Formula 1 Pit Crews, October 23, 2021

Formula 1 pit crews play an incredibly important role in the success of the team.  A tire change longer than 2.5 seconds is considered a long pit stop, and a pit stop under 2 seconds can buy you a couple of places on track. 

US Grand Prix Free Practice 3 Wrap-up: Perez Tops Final Practice, October 23, 2021

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez logged the fastest official lap time in Free Practice #3 at the US Grand Prix, but only after faster times by Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) were voided.  Peres has led the last two practice sessions at the Circuit of the Americas.  

US Grand Prix Free Practice 2 Wrap-up: Perez Excels, Verstappen Fumes, October 22, 2021

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez logged the fastest official lap time in Free Practice #2 at the US Grand Prix while teammate Max Verstappen sputtered in eighth position.  McLaren’s Lando Norris was a full quarter of a second behind to claim P2.  

US Grand Prix Free Practice 1 Wrap-up: Mercedes Claims Top Spots, October 22, 2021

Valtteri Bottas edged Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in the first practice session at the US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.  Red Bull’s Max Verstappen followed nearly one second behind for the third position.  Ferrari’s Charles LeClerc and Carlos Sainz rounded out top five.  

Marc Marquez Earns Seventh MotoGP Victory at COTA, October 3, 2021

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), the eight-time MotoGP World Champion, earned his seventh win at the Circuit of the Americas in the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.  Current World Championship leader Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) earn a second-place finish.  Quartararo extended his championship lead over Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) to 52 points.  Bagnaia earned the final podium position.  

Raul Fernandez Wins Moto2 at COTA in Record Tying Race, October 3, 2021

Rookie sensation Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) became the first rider since Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) to claim seven Moto2 races.  Fernandez was in total command of the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas at the Circuit of the Americas.  Fabio Di Giannantonio (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) claimed the second podium position, with Marco Bezzecchi (SKY Racing Team VR46) earning the final place.  

Double Red-Flag Ends COTA Moto3, October 3, 2021

Izan Guevara (Solunion GASGAS Aspar Team) was declared the Moto3 race winner at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas after a double red-flagged race. Guevara was leading when the initial red flags were shown eight laps into the race, before a serious multi-rider incident caused the red flags to be shown for a second time.  

Marquez, Miller Dominate MotoGP Day 1, October 1, 2021

Marc Marquez’s (Repsol Honda Team) dominance of the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) continued in free practice 1.  Marquez, the six-time winner at COTA, edged Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) by 0.167 sec under drying track conditions.  Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) rounded out the top-three, trailing by 0.599 sec.  Marquez’ control extended into free practice 2, edging Miller by the slightest of margins (0.015 sec).  

Rookie Fernandez Controls Day 1 Moto2, October 1, 2021

Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo), the rookie rider from Spain, took the top spot in Moto2 free practice 1 at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas at the Circuit of the Americas.  Fernandez’ control extended into free practice  2, under dry conditions.  The rookie dominated the practice, leading Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team)  by up to 0.7 sec.

Wet Track Conditions Kick-off Moto3 (October 1, 2021)

Wet track conditions greeted the start of the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas at the Circuit of the Americas.  Turn 9 proved especially troublesome, causing three riders to kiss the tarmac in a five-minute span.  The worse fall came from Sergio Garcia (Solunion GASGAS Aspar Team), who withdrew from the competition with a hematoma (blood clot) in the kidney.  Garcia recorded a respectable time of 2’33.672, 1.520 behind the leader, before the fall.

Chase Elliott Wins Inaugural NASCAR Texas Grand Prix, May 23, 2021

Defending Cup Series Champion Chase Elliott won the inaugural Texas Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.  Rain and low visibility force officials to call the race with 14 laps remaining. 

Elliott, a master of the road courses, said the rain-soaked track conditions were almost blinding, leading to 9 yellow flags and 2 red flags, including a potentially fatal crash.  

The Delicate Art of NASCAR Pit Stops, May 23, 2021

In watching the pit lane, one usually sees a dozen or so people reclining on the garage floor, sitting on stacks of tires, watching the race on monitors, or attending to their smart phone.  About five minutes before a car enters the pit, the team starts to stir.  And by the time a car pulls into the pit, there is a fury of activity, lasting, on average, 12 seconds.  But the real under workings of the pit crew are nowhere near as casual.  

Wet Track Affects Lamborghini Super Trofeo Finish, May 23, 2021

Intermittent rain created challenging driving conditions for the second race of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo at the Circuit of the Americas.  Wet track conditions drew two yellow flags in the 50-minute race.  The race ended under a caution flag.  Stevan McAleer (No. 16 Change Racing) lost his pole position advantage going into the first turn of the race to Loris Spinelli (No. 51 Taurino Racing).   

Kyle Busch takes Inaugural Xfinity at COTA

NASCAR Cup Series megastar Kyle Busch dominated the inaugural Xfinity Series Pit Boss 250 at the Circuit of the Americas.  Busch dwarfed the competition, leading 36 of the 46 laps and finishing 11 seconds ahead of second place finisher, A.J. Allmendinger.  Busch averaged 76.558 mph driving the No. 54 Skittles Gummies Toyota.  

Antinucci Repeats Lamborghini Super Trofeo Win at COTA, May 22, 2021

Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America has returned to Circuit of The Americas for the first time since 2017.  A record-breaking number of cars have entered this weekend’s series of two races, which is part of the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix NASCAR race. Richard Antinucci took the top spot in race #1 held on Saturday evening.  

Gilliland Rallies to Win NASCAR Truck at COTA, May 22, 2021

Todd Gilliland overcame a first stage penalty that forced him to the back of the pack to win the Camping World Trucks Toyota Tundra 225 by nine seconds at the Circuit of the Americas.   “From the drop of the green flag, I was aggressive,” Gilliland told reporters. “If you’ve got the truck to do it ... you’ve got to get by people when you can.”

Rainy Start to NASCAR Cup at COTA, May 22, 2021

Steady rain and high winds made a mess of the NASCAR Cup Series inaugural debut at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA). There is a 70% chance of rain for Sunday’s race. “The rain is another new twist, and it’s one I’m not very good at, to be honest. I don’t feel very good at it, at least,” Chase Elliott told reporters.  

Area Sports Suspended to Abate COVID-19, March 12, 2020

Professional and collegiate sports ground to a halt as the nation attempts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  This is a summary of what is affected locally: American Hockey League (Texas Stars) – remainder of season cancelled. Circuit of the Americas – MotoGP postponed, IndyCar Classic <more>

A Photographers Guide to the Circuit of the Americas, January 31, 2020

The Circuit of the Americas (COTA) is a world-renown racing circuit situated amidst “Keep it Weird,” Austin, Texas.  Opened in 2012, the 3.426-mile circuit is one of the few in the world purpose-built for Formula One.  The facility is massive (Figure 1).  Measured at nearly 900 acres, including the circuit, parking and <more>

Hamilton Reflects on Sixth F1 World Championship, November 3, 2019

Lewis Hamilton was surprising candid as he revealed personal feelings on winning his sixth Formula 1 World Championship.  Hamilton began his press conference being especially humble and appreciative.  He offer his sincere congratulations to teammate Valtteri Botas, the winner of the US Grand Prix, and <more>

Bottas Wins F1 COTA, Hamilton Secures Championship, November 3, 2019

The Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport team claimed the top two podium positions at the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.  Valtteri Bottas took the top spot while the second place finish was more than enough to secure his Lewis Hamilton his sixth World Championship.   <more>

Breakout Weekend for Bogle in US Formula 4, November 3, 2019

Christian Bogle rose above all others in the Formula 4 United States Championship at the Circuit of the America’s. Bogle, a lesser-known contender, won both races to move from 24th to 10th in the overall point rankings.  His pervious best finish was 8thin two years driving F4.  <more>

Constable Cruises to Master Endurance Victories, November 3, 2019

Jamie Constable (#99, Pescarolo LMP1) dominated both race of the Masters Endurance Legends in support of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.  His average margin of victory was nearly one minute.The Masters Endurance Legends USA race series is <more>

Formula Car No Longer a Man’s Club, November 3, 2019

The Formula 4 United States Championship concluded its 2019 season at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas as part of the Formula 1 US Grand Prix Championship.  This year’s competition fielded the highest number of drives in any F4 competition.  Especially noteworthy was <more>

Bottas Secures Surprise Pole,  November 2, 2019

Valtteri Bottas, who took the pole position for Sunday’s United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in nerve-wracking qualifier.  Bottas secured the pole position with a masterful opening lap, besting Sebastian Vettel by a mere 0.012 seconds, the smallest margin in COTA history. <more>

Hamilton Tops Day 1 at COTA, November 1, 2019

A chilly morning in Austin, Texas warmed up nicely for Lewis Hamilton as he worked to capture his sixth Formula 1 world championship in the US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.  Hamilton posted the fastest time in second free practice on first day of the three-day event.  <more>

Marquez’s Crash Opens Door for Rins, April 14, 2019

Alex Rins of Team Suzuki Ecstar beat Valentino Rossi for his first MotoGP win after Marc Marquez crashed. Marquez had a four-second lead on Rossi when he suffered a lowside crash at Turn 12 on lap nine.  Marc Marquez, a five-time world champion, had won every MotoGP event at the Circuit of the Americas <more>

Dynavolt Intact GP Tops Moto2, April 14, 2019

The Dynavolt Intact GP duo of Thomas Luthi and Marcel Schrotter grabbed the top spots of Moto2 in the Grand Prix of the Americas at the Circuit of the Americas.  It was Luthi’s first win in Moto2 after a disappointing year competing in MotoGP.  Luthi beat Schrotter by nearly one-half second who was <more>

Crash Launches Canet to Moto3 Victory, April 14, 2019

The Moto3 race at the Circuit of the Americas experience a major upheaval as leader, Ayumu Sasaki of Japan, crashed in the final two laps to allow Aron Canet of Spain to claim the title.  Canet had maneuvered from the sixth position in the starting grid to capitalize on Sasaki’s mistake. <more>

MotoGP Returns to Austin, April 12, 2019

MotoGP returned to Austin for the seventh year, bringing with it many familiar faces.  Friday’s activity consisted of two free practices at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA).  Marc Marquez of the Repsol Honda Team is the perennial favorite.  No other rider has won the Red Bull Grand Prix of the America <more>

Schrotter, Luthi Control First Day Moto2, April 12, 2019

Marcel Schrötter and Tom Lüthi of Dynavolt Intact GP controlled the first day of Moto2 free practices at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Moto2 is the middle sibling of international professional motorcycle racing.  It is a step-up from Moto3, the entry-level rider development, but below MotoGP, <more>

Moto3 Brings the Future to COTA, April 12, 2019

MotoGP has become a right of spring passage for the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas. The event brings not only the best motorcycle racers in the world to COTA, but also the up-and-comers.  Today was the first practice day, culminating with the Gran Prix of the Americas race on Sunday.  <more>

Herta Become Youngest IndyCar Winner, March 24, 2019

A mechanical problem and an accident created a record-breaking outcome to the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at the Circuit of the Americas.  Colton Herta, six days shy of nineteenth birthday, became the youngest ever winner of an Indy car race.  Top qualifier Will Power led every lap, <more>

Power Takes Inaugural IndyCar Pole at COTA, March 23, 2019

For the 56thtime in his career, and for the second straight time this season, Will Power of the Verizon Team Penske will take the pole position in an IndyCar Classic race to be run at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA).  Power is second only to Mario Andretti for the most IndyCar pole positions. <more>

Askew Dominates COTA Indy Lights, March 22, 2019

t was a one-man-show. Rookie Oliver Askew, the 22-year-old racer for Andretti Autosport, totally dominated the Indy Lights competition at the Circuit of the Americas.  This was the inaugural running of Indy Lights and IndyCar at the circuit.  Askew won races 1 and 2 with his fastest time of less than <more>

Ferrari Takes Blancpain GT Day 2, March 3, 2019

The second day of Blancpain GT World Challenge America at Circuit of the Americas could not have been more different than the first.  Saturday’s warm, yet overcast, conditions were as inviting to the fans as they were to the K-Pax Racing team, who took the two top podium spots.  <more>

K-Pax Racing Tops Podium at COTA, March 2, 2019

The Circuit of the Americas (COTA) opened its 2019 racing season with the Blancpain GTWorld Challenge America auto racing series.  Austin was the first of eleven stops on this year’s schedule.  This weekend’s competition featured the Grand Touring (GT) class of luxury-brand vehicles.  <more>

Raikkonen Wins, Verstappen Stuns, Hamilton Misses, October 21, 2018

Kimi Raikkonen denied Hamilton his fifth straight win in Austin and a fifth world title in a thrilling contest at Circuit of the Americas.Raikkonen surged past Hamilton in the first turn and held on to win the United States Grand Prix.  It was Raikkonen’s first win in 113 races, dating to 2013. <more>

Vettel Slips, Hamilton Soars, October 20, 2018

After rain-soaked practice runs on Friday, track conditions improved immensely, producing record-breaking lap times in the Qualifying Session.  Lewis Hamilton and Valterri Bottas of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport team, and Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikonnen of the Suderia Ferrari team <more> 

Wet Start to F1 US Grand Prix at COTA, October 19, 2018

Lewis Hamilton tried his best to downplay expectations to the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix, and the weather helped him to put a wet blanket on the prospects.  When asked if all was coming together for a repeat of his four U.S. Grand Prix wins Hamilton responded: “Not particularly, no.”  <more> 

Formula 1 Returns to Austin with Similar Plot, October 18, 2018

Starting in mid-September the Circuit of Americas (COTA) begins a transformation from an empty expanse of paddocks, parking lots and staging areas to become the center of the Formula 1 universe.  That transformation culminates this weekend with he seventh consecutive running of the FIA Formula One <more>

Kristoffersson, Speed Take Crowns at COTA, September 30, 2018

18,500 fans watched PSRX Volkswagen Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson win the inaugural running ot the World RX of USA at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas and win the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship.  PSRX Volkswagen Sweden teammate Petter Solberg finished second in the final <more>

COTA Welcomes Inaugural World Rallycross USA Championship, September 29, 2018

The Circuit of the Americas (COTA) hosted the inaugural of the FIA World Rallycross United States of America Championship.  Austin was the second North American stop and the tenth of twelve worldwide. Rallycross is wildly popular in Northern Europe, with the majority of the drivers from Sweden, France <more> 

VW Andretti Dominance Continues at Americas Rallycross Austin, July 14, 2018

The Circuit of the Americas (COTA) brought Americas Rallycross (ARX) to Austin this weekend as a teaser for the World Rallycross (WRX) Championship.  ARX, promoted by FIA and IMG Motorsport, was formed to fill that vacancy created by the shuttering of the Global Rallycross Championship earlier <more>

MotoGP: Marquez’s COTA Reign Continues, April 22, 2018

Marc Marquez (#93 Repsol Honda Team) dominated the America MotoGP for his sixth COTAvictory in a row. Marquez was given a three-place grid penalty for slow riding on the racing line and disturbing another rider in the qualifying heat. As a result Marquez lost his sixth pole position at the Circuit of the Americas <more>

Moto2: Bagaia Capitalizes on Marquez’s Mistakes, April 22, 2018

Francesco “Pecco” Bagaia (# 42 Sky Racing Team VR46) capitalized on mistakes made by Alex Marquez (#73 EG 0,0 Marc VDS) to win the Moto2 at the Circuit of the Americas.  Marquez started in the pole position, and Bagaia in the number four position.  The race was a battle between the two.  <more>

Moto3: Martin Wins Second Race of Season, April 23, 2018

Jorge Martin (#88 Del Conca Gresini Honda) finished his fastest time of the weekend to win the Moto3 at the Circuit of the Amercias.   “It was an amazing race,” Martin told reporters. “It was hard at the beginning of the race because I had the hard tire. Then the others started to slow down.” <more> 

The Expected and Unexpected at MotoGPDay 1, April 20, 2018

MotoGP of the Americas saw both the expected and the unexpected in its first day of practice. The expected was the solid performance by Marc Marquez of the Repsol Hond Team.  Marquez, the five-time winner at COTA, was quickest in the morning session and a closesecond in the afternoon, <more>

Hamilton Takes Fifth US Grand Prix, October 22, 2017

“I love this track,” said Lewis Hamilton, “I think this track is now my favorite track to be honest.”  And Hamilton showed that love with a brilliantly driven race, taking his fifth United State Grand Prix in six years.  Hamilton looks to secure the Drivers Championship next week in Mexico City.  <more> 

Deja Vu All Over Again: Hamilton and Vettel, October 21, 2017

As the saying goes, it was “deja vu all over again.”  Only two drivers have ever won the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas: Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettle.  And those two drivers finished one and two in the Qualifying Session on Saturday.  Hamilton took the pole position with <more>

Hamilton’s Love Affair Continues, October 20, 2017

Lewis Hamilton’s (#44) love affair with Austin’s Circuit of the Americas (COTA) continued on the first day of the event.  The three-time Formula One champion, and four-time United States Grand Prix winner at COTA, set a track record of 1 minute, 34.668 seconds in the second practice session on Friday.  <more>

Hamilton Returns to Favorite Track, October 17, 2017

“Love the energy at Circuit of the Americas. I’m looking forward to getting out on the track next week!” Lewis Hamilton tweeted after his win at the Japan Formula One.  And there is good reason.  Hamilton, the second-most winning Formula One racer, has won four of five United States Grand Prix races at Circuit <more>

Driving and Weather Prefect at COTA Pirelli World Competition, September 3, 2017

The Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) returned to the Circuit of the Americas for it second year this weekend.  The scheduling of this years event was changed to accommodate the cooler weather and to compliment the upcoming World Endurance Championship and Formula 1 Grand Prix events.  <more> 

Cadillac DPi Dominate WeatherTech Championship at COTA, May 6, 2017

WeatherTech Sportscar Championship is the flagship IMSA series, competing at 12 locations throughout North America.  The championship came to Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on the fourth stop on the year.The competition takes place in four different classes: Prototype, Prototype Challenge, <more>

McClaren takes Continental Challenge in Just Third Start, May 9, 2017

McLaren Automotive, the British-based automaker, won the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Circuit of the Americas in just its third start.  The victory came compliments co-drivers Matt Plumb and Paul Holton (#76) in the C360R McLaren GT4.The 2017 Continental Tire SportsCar Championship is <more>

Antinucci takes Super Trofeo opener at COTA, May 8, 2017

Richard Antinucci  (#16) took the lead early and never looked back in Race 1 of the opening weekend of the 2017 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America season on Friday at Circuit of The Americas.  Antinucci jumped up from his second-place grid position on the opening lap, seizing control of a race he would <more>

Austin’s Moorespeed takes Porsche GT3Cup Saturday, May 8, 2017

Rounds 5 and 6 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama took place at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas on Friday and Saturday.  The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge is in its 13th season and is one of the largest of Porsche’s single-make Cup Challenge series in the world.   <more>

Marquez captures 4th consecutive MotoGP victory at COTA, April 24, 2017

Sunday was a perfect ending to the fifth MotoGP event at the Circuit of the Americas.  Saturday’s qualifying rounds were a chilly and blustery, with over casted skies.  But Sunday’s weather was ideal for racing and spectating.  For the new comer, MotoGP is the premier class of motorcycle road racing, dating to 1949.  <more>

EG 0,0 Marc VDS Team Posts Two Fastest Moto2 Times on Day 1,  April 22, 2017

Moto2 is the little sister to MotoGP. Both classes of motorcycles are purpose-built racingmachines that are neither available for purchase by the general public nor legal for use on public roads.  MotoGP bikes are 1000cc 4 stroke prototypes capable of 240+ horsepower and 200+ mph.  Moto2 bikes have <more>

Repsol Honda posts fastest day 1 time at MotoGP Americas, April 22, 2017

The Repsol Honda Team lead by Marc Marquez (#93) has enjoy good success at the Circuit of the Americas.  In 2013 Marquez became the youngest MotoGP to gain the pole position and take the race in Austin.  And for the last three years he has repeated the feat, having won in Austin and starting from <more>

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