The popular Formula One brand has taken more of an interest in the US in the last few years, and has constructed the massive Circuit of the Americas outside of Austin, Texas. The Circuit of the Americas was designed with a multitude of features, including the 14,000-seat Austin360 amphitheater for musical performances in addition to the familiar racetrack. Attendance is often high at the track, so the best course of action for a visitor is to save time and book Circuit of the Americas parking ahead of your visit. The Circuit of the Americas opened in late October 2012, and it became the new home of the United States Grand Prix in November. The United States Grand Prix has occurred on and off since 1908.
The Circuit of the Americas was announced by F1 Racing promoter Tavo Hellmund in July 2010, with the track envisioned as being 3.4 miles in length, with a 133-foot elevation change and twenty turns, following a track design influenced by European circuits. The Circuit of the Americas opened in late October 2012. The track is designed to be driven over in a counter-clockwise fashion, such that there are many more left-hand turns than most other tracks. The race begins with the ascent of a hill and ends with a downhill left-hand turns, with everything in the middle a blur of blinding speed, steel and the noxious smell of high-octane fuel.
The Circuit of the Americas didn’t forget about those attending its races as spectators, instead going all out for them. There is a 20-acre Grand Plaza with concessions and restrooms, a 251-foot tall Observation tower (spectators can ascend it for a fee) and the Main Grandstand. The Main Grandstand can comfortably seat 9,000 guests, divided into three levels: the larger 5400-seat lower level, the 2900-seat club level and the 750-seat suite level. The site itself is designed to be adaptable from the get-go, as several structures are modular in nature, especially the Main Grandstand and the structures in the Grand Plaza. Both the racetrack and the amphitheater bring in the crowds, so it makes sense to book a Circuit of the Americas parking spot ahead of time with ParkWhiz.
ParkWhiz is easy to use; all you need to do is find the race that you want to see, book your Circuit of the Americas parking spot, print out your ParkWhiz parking pass and enjoy the thrill and speed of the race!
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