Circuit of the Americas is the new name of Austin Circuit. We can say that this circuit is one of the best circuits in the world. The complete facilities and feature, as well as challenging course, which make the race become much more interesting, are the main reason here.
The History of Circuit of the Americas
In the beginning, Circuit of the Americas was purposely build for F1 Grand Prix. Tavo Hellmund, a promoter and former Formula 3 racer proposed this idea. And, in 2010, he gets the permission as well as 890 acres of land that is ready for building circuit. With help from Red McCombs and Bobby Epstein as the main investor, the process to build this new circuit can be started.
The circuit was started to build on December 31st, 2010. It needs around two years to finish this circuit, precisely June 2012. The design was created by Hellmund himself, Kevin Schantz, Texas motorcycle world champion and Hermann Tilke that has lot of experience in designing F1 circuit. They take many ideas from many different circuits in the world, from Silverstone circuit to Chapel circuit. The building process was taken care by HKS, Inc. and Miro Rivera for amphitheatre design.
Then, the circuit course was completed on August 3rd, 2012. Then, on August 14th, they add final layer of asphalt on the track and finished on September 21st. Then, on October 21st, this circuit was opened. Mario Andretti took a test run with using Lotus 79 at that time.
Then, the circuit passed all requirements that FIA has to hold a race on September 2012. Then, on November in the same year, the first F1 race was held for the first time. This was marked the main purpose for building this circuit, which is to take back the F1 race to US has been successfully fulfilled. And this circuit was satisfied all racer at that time. The course, facilities, pit and other has the most advanced technology and comfortable design. That make every team can easily set their team and racer can give their all. And, since 2013, MotoGP racing was also held in this circuit. It keeps running until today.
As mentioned before, this circuit was designed by using many circuits in the world as the inspiration. Therefore, there are many unique characteristic of other circuits that can be found here. For example, the elevation changes and Turn One part, is similar to Hockenheim and Istanbul Park circuit. First sector of the course hold straight and corner where racers can get more difficulty in overtaking their opponent. This is also the part that all racers are praised. Overall, this circuit has intermediate to advance difficulty.
How to Get to Circuit of the Americas
We can say that Circuit of the Americas is one of the easiest to get circuit. Its location is near Austin, Texas. If you stay in Austin, you can take a drive for 20 minutes to reach this circuit. And, if you come with airplane, this circuit is only 10 miles far from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
Hotel Near Circuit of the Americas
Watching motogp, superbike or formula1 races is very exciting, especially if the place to stay near the location, can walk around the location, here is a list of hotels close to the location.
- Quality Inn and Suites Airport Austin (8.57 km)
- Hilton Austin Airport Hotel (9.11 km)
- Hampton Inn and Suites Austin Airport (10.39 km)
- Comfort Suites Austin Airport Hotel (10.54 km)
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Austin Airport (10.55 km)
- Best Western Plus Austin Airport Inn and Suites (10.82 km)
- Home2 Suites by Hilton Austin Airport (10.82 km)
- Hilton Garden Inn Austin Airport (10.84 km)
- Staybridge Suites Austin Airport (10.87 km)
- Holiday Inn Austin Airport (10.89 km)
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