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Formula 1 the Easy Way: COTA Experiences Offers U.S. Grand Prix Packages

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/28/2014 Rory Jurnecka

The 2014 Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in Austin is fast approaching , and no doubt you’ve already got October 31 through November 2 crossed off on your calendar. As the 17th round of the 2014 Formula 1 championship season, the U.S. Grand Prix may well be a definitive race in this year’s point standings. But how will you be watching the action? Television coverage is a last resort, but nothing beats standing trackside at race start.


Last year, I took up Circuit of the Americas Experiences on their offer to host me at the U.S. Grand Prix. COTA Experiences offers a number of VIP-style packages that consider race-goers' budgets and the way they want to enjoy the U.S. GP weekend. The packages aren’t for everyone; they’re typically more expensive than just buying tickets and either finding a hotel or camping, and if you’re the type of spectator that enjoys constant meandering around the track, you may find it difficult to enjoy all that a COTA Experiences package has to offer. But for convenience of booking an all-inclusive experience -- from meals to accommodations, the packages are tough to beat. image-27571© Provided by MotorTrend image-27571

COTA hosted me at a downtown Austin hotel, along with other participants, and offered charter bus service to the track each morning from that location. Once at the track, indoor and outdoor pavilions along Circuit of the Americas’ front straight (dubbed the Paddock Club) allow for trackside viewing near the start/finish line along with complimentary food and drink (yes, “adult” beverages included). Pricier packages include seating at various turns, in the front straight stands, or in the pit lane Sky Boxes. During the day, there’s often a visit from an honest-to-goodness Formula 1 driver from past to present (think Mario Andretti, Jackie Stewart, Esteban Guitierrez, etc.).

At the end of the day, shuttles take the awe-struck, slightly buzzed, and well-fed participants back to their hotel, which is often located a short walk from downtown after-race festivities along with local restaurants and night life. Sound enticing? Check out for more information or to book your package.

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