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Keep Austin Wired – Formula One Comes to Town October 21-23


Keep Austin Wired – Formula One Comes to Town October 21-23


It’s just two weeks until the Formula 1 USGP comes to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin for the fifth time since the Inaugural Race here in 2012.

Parking lots open at 7 am on Friday, October 21st (the first day of practice), and the gates open an hour later at 8 am.

The 3-day race weekend includes Formula 1, Masters Historic Racing, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, as well as two music concerts. Grammy winner Taylor Swift (Formula 1/Swift – get it? Ed.) performs on Saturday night, October 22nd, and The Weekend rocks the stage on Sunday, October 23rd, for the post-race concert. Both concerts are free for fans in attendance on the day of the concert. They will both take place on the new Super Stage Festival Lawn, which affords spectacular views for tens of thousands of fans from the large hillside facing the stage.

In addition, COTA has made several improvements to the facility since last year’s heavy rains washed out portions of the track infrastructure. There are now 12,000 upgraded parking spots, improved downtown shuttle service to and from the track with guaranteed wait times, and for those parking on-site, there is a new road with direct access to Highway 71 which should help alleviate post-race traffic delays. Plus, all restrooms, concessions, and loading zones this year will be on solid ground and mud free. Tickets are still available. Parking is extra.

Shuttle buses are also available from the downtown Austin Convention Center, the Toney Burger Center in South Austin and the Travis County Expo Center in Northeast Austin. Parking at either the Travis County Expo Center or the Toney Burger Center is free.

We recommend using these free parking options on Saturday and Sunday, when the shuttles run continuously; because downtown parking can be expensive.

The best prices on everything – as usual – are online, not at the gate. For additional information and to buy tickets, parking passes, or shuttle passes go to:

Austin-based contributor Alan Pease will be providing regular updates prior to the race weekend.

Alan Pease

Alan Pease is our Central Texas correspondent, covering city, county and state government, as well as all that's taking place at the Circuit of the Americas. Alan is a long time automotive and motorcycle industry professional, and covered the approval, development and opening of the Circuit of the Americas for Autoweek magazine. Prior to writing for Autoweek and txGarage Alan designed and executed over 350 individual press introductions, drive routes, and ride-and-drive events for BMW cars, BMW Motorcycles, MINI Cooper, Aston Martin, Jaguar Cars, and several General Motors divisions. Press introductions took him across the entire United States (including Alaska), as well as Canada and the United Kingdom. Alan also raced in the Inaugural Iron Butt Rallye, riding as a Factory Rider for BMW Motorcycles. He finished the 10 day, 10,000 mile solo rider race tied for 1st place. He lives in Austin, Texas, and can be reached by email at .

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