Back From Austin: Impressions of the new Circuit of the Americas

I was not prepared for how complete of a package this track was.  I’ve been to Laguna Seca for MotoGP several times as well as having gone to Miller for WSBK, but Circuit of the Americas is impressive. I love Laguna Seca and it has CotA beat for intimacy and ease of getting in and out of, but CotA was pretty amazing.

First the Good:

The Circuit of the Americas is a first class venue in many ways. It is a modern facility and an interesting track. I enjoyed watching the race from turn 19 and it looked to me like some of the grandstand tickets would have been worth it. There were enough Jumbo Screens around to watch the racing from, which was necessary seeing as since the track is so long there are long periods which you can’t see anything from where you’re sitting.

There were several good places to watch from as a general admission ticket holder. We chose turn 19, but there were a couple of others that would have been cool too.

CotA

The Bad:

I’m not sure what all the food is like, but it is all over priced and they were running out of things like ranch dressing by lunch race day.

I am also pretty disappointed with how hard it was to get out of the track and back home. It was annoying but forgivable having to park on the other side of the track from the entrance and ticket selling booth. We aren’t VIP’s and I accept that. However the traffic leaving was all routed the same way with no thought to the fact that I wanted to head west not east, further away from where I wanted to go. Especially considering that it was all stop and go at this point. It is one thing to sit in stop and go traffic when you are heading in a direction that you want to go. It’s another to be stuck in traffic and being forced to go the opposite direction than that you which to go.

Overall it was a good day. However it was mainly because of the exciting racing (which I’ll post up about soon) not because of the facilities.

We did have some great luck with the weather though. It was 75 ish and partly cloudy with a nice occasional breeze that kept thing from getting to horrible. There were times that there was no cloud cover and no breeze that could get pretty hot sitting in the sun, but over all it was pretty nice for Austin.

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About MotoCynic

I started riding motorcycles in 2006, and there is no going back. I've ridden more than 100,000 miles, most of it on a Ducati Monster, and despite setbacks and murderous BMW's I'm loving every mile.
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2 Responses to Back From Austin: Impressions of the new Circuit of the Americas

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