FACTS

Circuit length: 3.427 miles (5.513km)
2016 WEC LMP2 winners: Gustavo Menezes/Nicolas Lapierre/Stephane Richelmi (Alpine-Nissan)

  • Located near Austin in Texas, the Circuit of the Americas was developed for the return of the United States Grand Prix, and opened in 2012. It was the first American track purpose-built for F1.
  • Lewis Hamilton won the inaugural race, but Sebastien Vettel set the lap record of 1m39.347s which still stands.
  • A number of other series, including MotoGP and the WEC, joined the circuit's calendar the following year. 
  • Austin is the capital of Texas, the 11th most populated city in the USA and the fastest-growing. Officially its slogan is 'The Live Music Capital of the World', but residents have unofficially adopted 'Keep Austin Weird' to reflect the desire to protect small, unique, and local businesses.

ALEX'S TRACK VIEW

This is a circuit that made its name in Formula 1 and it's also where my interest in competing in sportscars really began. Drivers who have raced there seem to have really positive things to say about the circuit, and Austin seems like an interesting place too. The circuit has tried to capture different elements from other famous circuits around the world, so it's an interesting mix.