Circuit of the Americas Facts and Trivia
The Circuit of the Americas track layout was designed by Motorcycle champion Kevin Schwantz, circuit promoter Tavo Hellmund and veteran German designer Hermann Tilke.
Tilke has been responsible for virtually all of the new tracks added to the Formula One calendar in recent years including Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina, India’s Buddh and Korea’s Yeongnam.
In addition to hosting the 2012 United States Grand Prix, 2013 will see the brand new motorsports venue stage rounds of the following race series: American Le Mans Series, FIM Road Racing World Championship, FIA World Endurance Championship (The 6 Hours of Austin), Rolex Sports Car Series and the Australian V8 Supercar Series.
Circuit of the Americas Track Guide
The anticlockwise track is 5.516 km (3.427 miles) long with 20 corners, the F1 Grand Prix will be run for 56 laps.
One of the circuits most defining characteristics is the extremely steep incline at the end of the start finish straight going into turn one. This section is very similar to turn one at the Red Bull Ring (formally known as the A1 Ring) but is a left turn as apposed to the right-hander in Austria.
The Circuit of the Americas also includes sequences of corners inspired by Silverstone’s Maggotts/Becketts, Istanbul’s Turn 8 and Spa’s Eau Rouge. The Austin track is designed to be a challenge and a true drivers circuit.
Where is the United States F1 Grand Prix Being held?
In 2012 Formula One racing finally returned to the USA, the race weekend took place at the brand new Circuit of the Americas located in Austin which is the state capital of Texas.
What time did the race take place?
The race weekend was held over three days, Friday the 16th to Sunday the 18th of November 2012. The race itself took place on the Sunday at 13:00 local time (CST, Central Standard Time), that’s 19:00 UK time (GMT) so a very late start for British and other European viewers.
The 2013 F1 Season‘s US Grand Prix will also be held in Austin.