Circuit of the Americas 2016 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, Austin

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When: Friday, October 21 - Sunday, October 23, 2016

Hot Spot: Circuit of The Americas, Austin, Texas

Deets: This year’s race weekend sees Formula 1 return to Austin, Texas, for the fifth successive year. Announced last month to international fanfare, 10-time GRAMMY winner, singer, musician, and songwriter Taylor Swift will perform on COTA’s SUPERSTAGE on Saturday, October 22 after the racing ends to mark this very special milestone in COTA’s history. Taylor Swift’s first performance since ending the 1989 World Tour, the most successful tour of last year, is sure to be an incredible highlight to what already promises to be the most exhilarating race weekend of the season.

Following last year’s wet and windy race, COTA is thrilled to welcome F1 back to Austin; in particular, the newly-formed Haas F1 Team— the first American-led Formula One outfit since 1986. After a strong start to its debut season in the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship and a great finish at the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix this past weekend, the Haas team and driver Romain Grosjean have shown that their inaugural race in the U.S. will be nothing short of phenomenal and truly special for Formula 1 fans as they will witness sports history in the making. It has been thirty years since an American-owned team raced in F1 and 14 years since a team scored points in their F1 debut race, as the Haas F1 Team did in Australia last month. “As an American team, having an F1 race on American soil is incredibly important,” said Gene Haas, Founder and Chairman of Haas F1 Team.

Speaking ahead of tickets going on sale for his ‘home’ Grand Prix, Haas F1 driver Romain Grosjean commented: "It is a special feeling to be driving for the one and only American team, that’s for sure. The feeling we had when we unveiled the car in February was incredible and I was very proud to be the first one ever to drive a Haas F1 car, let alone to score points in one. I’m sure that the crowd at the US Grand Prix will be cheering for us. I really can’t wait for the team’s first home Grand Prix."

ABOUT CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS

Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, is the only purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States designed for all classes of racing. The 3.4-mile racetrack hosts the world’s most prestigious sporting events, including Formula 1, MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, Lone Star Le Mans, and ESPN’s X Games, as well as opportunities for track rentals. The 1,500- acre campus is also home to the Austin360 Amphitheater—PollStar’s 2013 “Best New Major Concert Venue” and a 2014 “Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue” Pollstar nominee—impressive meeting and hospitality spaces and an iconic 25-story observation tower that offers 360-degree views of the circuit, amphitheater and downtown Austin. For more information and to download videos and photos, visit www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com. For an experience as unique as Austin and a rush you’ll never forget, visit Circuit of The Americas, where exhilaration happens. 

Who You May Spot: Drivers, Taylor Swift

Hint For The Average Socialite: Tickets are available online!

The Taylor Swift concert will be held on the COTA Super Stage in the North Infield after F1 Qualifying on Saturday night. All F1 weekend tickets or Saturday only tickets will have access to the concert.
The Taylor Swift concert will be a festival lawn general admission event, so fans should purchase admission tickets based on the location from which they want to watch the race. After the racing ends on Saturday, fans will make their way to the music festival lawn to enjoy the concert.

Three-day passes for the 2016 F1 USGP - which include access to the Taylor Swift concert - start at a greatly reduced price of $150 and include tickets to Friday’s practice sessions, Saturday’s practice and qualifying sessions, and Sunday’s Grand Prix. F1 USGP tickets will be available for purchase online at circuitoftheamericas.com or by phone at 512.301.6600 ext. 1. Hotel rooms can also be booked now at www.circuitoftheamericas.com/bookaroom.

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