Circuit of the Americas facts for kids
|Full Grand Prix circuit|
|Location||Elroy, Texas, 12 miles (19 km) south of Austin, Texas|
|Time zone||UTC−6 / −5 (DST)|
|Broke ground||December 31, 2010|
|Opened||October 21, 2012|
Miró Rivera Architects
|Major Events||FIA Formula One
United States Grand Prix
FIM Road Racing World Championship
Grand Prix of the Americas
FIA World Endurance Championship
6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas
American Le Mans Series
International Sports Car Weekend
Rolex Sports Car Series
Grand-Am of the Americas
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Lone Star Le Mans
Summer X Games
|Grand Prix Circuit (2012–present)|
|Circuit Length||3.427 mi (5.513 km)|
|Lap Record||1:39.347 ( Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing, 2012)|
Circuit of The Americas (COTA) is a grade 1 FIA specification 3.427-mile (5.515 km) motor racing facility located in Elroy, on the southeastern periphery of Austin city limits, in Central Texas. The circuit has FIA Grade 1 license.
The circuit was one of only a handful on the Formula One 2012 calendar to be run counter-clockwise. Because of this, the circuit contains more left-hand turns than right-hand ones, placing greater physical demands on the drivers whose bodies, particularly their necks, are more adapted to the lateral g-forces of clockwise circuits.
Major features on site
Bordered by the track on three sides, the Grand Plaza is a 20 acres (0.081 km2) space designed by Miró Rivera Architects of Austin, Texas that includes a large reflecting pool, lawn, and varying landscape zones. A promenade along the north side of the Grand Plaza hosts concessions, retail, restroom facilities, and entrances to spectator seating. From the southeast end of the Grand Plaza, two pedestrian bridges cross over turns 16 and 3 to provide access for visitors to other areas of the circuit complex.
Circuit of the Americas features a 251 feet (77 m) observation tower. The structure of the tower consists of an elevator hoist-way surrounded by a double helix staircase of 419 stairs, both of which lead to an observation platform 230 feet (70 m) above ground level. The platform provides a 360-degree panorama of the circuit, as well as views to downtown Austin, Texas. The observation platform, which is accessible to the public for an admission fee, can accommodate up to 70 visitors and features glass railings and a partial glass floor.
|2012 United States Grand Prix||F1||1:39.347||Red Bull RB8|
|2015 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas||LMP1||1:47.412||Porsche 919 Hybrid|
|2013 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas||LMP2||1:54.559||Oreca 03|
|2013 Grand-Am of The Americas||DP||2:00.026||Corvette|
|2013 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas||LM GTE||2:03.520||Ferrari 458 Italia|
|2014 Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Americas||MotoGP||2:03.575||Honda|
|2017 Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Americas||Moto2||2:09.948||Kalex|
|2017 Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Americas||Moto3||2:15.583||Honda|
|2017 MotoAmerica Superbike/Superstock||Superbike||2:09.173||Yamaha|
|2013 Austin 400†||V8 Supercar||1:33.5951||Holden VF Commodore|
|2015 Formula Sun Grand Prix||Solar EV||4:30.444||Iowa State University Phaeton|
|Road legal production car||Production car||2:11:30||Nio EP9|
|2017 Autonomous Electric Car||EV||2:40:33||Nio EP9|
† uses a shorter 3.7 km section of the track.
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