• Apr 12, 2011
We've all known that Formula One racing is coming to Austin, Texas. Now we know what to call the track that will play host to the 2012 U.S. Grand Prix. Called the Circuit of the Americas, this 3.4-mile racetrack features 20 turns, 133 feet of elevation change and a 10-year F1 contract.

Circuit of the Americas won't simply play host to four-wheeled machines, though. The two-wheeled action of MotoGP will also be coming to the Texas track. Beginning in 2013, CotA starts a 10-year contract with the motorcycle racing series.

[Source: Autoweek]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      It is in a very cosmopolitan part of a very high tech and populous state full of intelligent people who will appreciate the excitement a grand prix will bring to their region.

      If you weren't too busy eating donuts maybe you could recognize that before bashing your fellow Americans.
        • 3 Years Ago
        not only that, y is so many worried about if Austin is a city for F1. People will flock with in the US because its pretty smack in the middle of the US, also F1 ticket sales are global so economically this could be great for Austin.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am still saddened that Texas got to be the site of a Grand Prix representing the U.S. Hurray for backwards cowboy trailer trash!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Obvious troll is obvious.
        • 3 Years Ago
        boo to your condescension, sir.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I guess I am a bit harsh there. But really, Texas? Tea Party crazy guns everywhere land Texas of all places? Though Austin is supposed to be different and more civilized than the rest of Texas, so there's that.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Isn't that part of Texas one of the more cosmopolitan areas in America?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will F1 drop a race next year, or will this add to the 2012 season? If it is added, the rules will have to be revised again. Teams will need to be allowed more tires, more engines, more transmissions (or an additional exception) and many more revision. And, isn't F1 going to allow turbo engines next year?

      This will be interesting for sure. The drivers really know the courses, and when they go to the next race, basic strategies are already in place, but they do allow for changes because of weather (like last weekend in Malaysia). All the drivers and teams will be virgins on this track. I can't wait!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't wait! I will be there!
      • 3 Years Ago
      There will be 3, maybe 4, F1 races and then Bernie and Co wil want more money than the state of Texas is willing to pay. There is a long track (excuse the pun) record to base this on. Long Beach, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas, Phoenix and Indy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      America...F*k Yea!...This is great news! already got my money saved for that race weekend.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I will be there for the first race of each series mentioned. I can hardly wait, it will be so exciting.
      • 3 Years Ago
      MotoGP needs to come to Barber's. It's a track built specifically with motorcycle racing in mind. No wonder the track has a rep for being hard to overtake. It's not for cars. Technically.

      I think Birmingham has proven hat it can support a large motorsports event. The race was a resounding success for the city and for IndyCar.

      So can the US get a forth MotoGP race?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does that mean no more Moto GP at Indy?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Lucky bastards, 3x MotoGP races.
        Congrats on getting F1 again.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They can call it Bugs Bunny Stadium for all I care. I just want to know its actually going to get completed in time for F1 next year.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Construction is well ahead of schedule. Weather has been great here so there's been nothing to dampen construction. We've had little rain this spring.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well...I guess I cant make any more excuses about not wanting to visit the wife's sister in Austin. I can just plan the trip around the race!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Considering there's already two F1 races in "The Americas"--the Brazilian Grand Prix (est. 1972) and the Canadian Grand Prix (est. 1961)--Austin's claim of representing two whole continents is laughable (and typically-American).
        • 3 Years Ago
        "That name (the americas) sounds kind of stupid... especially when the US insists in calling "the americas" the whole continent (America).

        It's like saying I'm going to take some vacations in "the Europes".... no wait I'm going to "the Asias"...."

        Except that there are two Americas... so your logic fails.
        • 3 Years Ago
        everything's douchier in texas
        • 3 Years Ago
        That name (the americas) sounds kind of stupid... especially when the US insists in calling "the americas" the whole continent (America).

        It's like saying I'm going to take some vacations in "the Europes".... no wait I'm going to "the Asias"....
        • 3 Years Ago
        Actually I think the name is quite modest. I'm surprised they didn't name it "Circuit of the World".
        • 3 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly.
        • 3 Years Ago
        To be fair the grand prix is in the middle of the Americas so you don't have to get your panties in a bind. Also, let's be honest by saying a good portion of the audience will be foreigners haha. I'll be there though representing the US fans!
        • 3 Years Ago
        There is only one America. From Alaska to Patagonia and that´s it.

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