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I live in the USA (calif) and have never been to an actual race even though I have been a huge fan since I was a kid in the 80s. Been to several CART/IndyCar races at Long Beach and Fontana.

That being said, is there any advice one could give me to maximize my experience? We got tickets for all 3 days so we will get to watch FP1, FP2, FP3, Quali and the race. From what it sounds like, it is much less accessible than a typical CART/Indycar race.


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I'm planning to go too for the first time, got GA tickets for Sunday. My main concern is parking as it seems to be sold out now.


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I'll also be going to COTA for the first time, after previously only going to the Canadian GP.

We're planning to take the shuttle from downtown Austin; from what I hear, the drive to the circuit is nightmarish, and parking is highway banditry. In Montreal we always take the subway, but sadly it appears Austin doesn't have one.

I've only ever been to one Indy race (this year's 500), so I can't really comment on how it compares in general.

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A friend of mine lives in austin and told me from his understanding that there is only one public road to the track so he emphasized DONT DRIVE IN. He strongly advised using the bus/ shuttle which usually have a private lane dedicated for it.

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A friend of mine lives in austin and told me from his understanding that there is only one public road to the track so he emphasized DONT DRIVE IN. He strongly advised using the bus/ shuttle which usually have a private lane dedicated for it.

Oh, so the shuttle is faster than driving? That's good to hear! We're going to be taking the shuttle, and I was afraid it would take the same ~3 hours as the driving estimate.

Do you know how long the shuttle usually does take?

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Exediron wrote:
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A friend of mine lives in austin and told me from his understanding that there is only one public road to the track so he emphasized DONT DRIVE IN. He strongly advised using the bus/ shuttle which usually have a private lane dedicated for it.

Oh, so the shuttle is faster than driving? That's good to hear! We're going to be taking the shuttle, and I was afraid it would take the same ~3 hours as the driving estimate.

Do you know how long the shuttle usually does take?


He said "driving there is a complete nightmare"
Ill ask him more about the shuttle and post here his thoughts on the best way to go about it. He said he went there for a concert and the bus was the best way in and out with a dedicated bus lane for that event but idk if they do that for all events

http://www.circuitoftheamericas.com/2017-f1/parking/shuttles

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A friend of mine lives in austin and told me from his understanding that there is only one public road to the track so he emphasized DONT DRIVE IN. He strongly advised using the bus/ shuttle which usually have a private lane dedicated for it.

Only one road? No. You can take US 183, SH 71, IH 35 & SH 130, or Burleson Road, among other more minor routes to get to the general area, and then FM 812 or Elroy Road to get to the circuit itself.

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Exediron wrote:
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A friend of mine lives in austin and told me from his understanding that there is only one public road to the track so he emphasized DONT DRIVE IN. He strongly advised using the bus/ shuttle which usually have a private lane dedicated for it.

Oh, so the shuttle is faster than driving? That's good to hear! We're going to be taking the shuttle, and I was afraid it would take the same ~3 hours as the driving estimate.

Do you know how long the shuttle usually does take?

3 hour drive? Who told you that? Mayyybe the first year, and only then if they left it very late in the day before the race. Even then 3 hours is very doubtful. I go at around 9am. I live across town 20 miles away, and it's never taken me more than 25 minutes to get there and 40 minutes to get home. Crowds have shrunk considerably every year since the first year, and drive times have shrunk along with them.

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Mayhem wrote:
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A friend of mine lives in austin and told me from his understanding that there is only one public road to the track so he emphasized DONT DRIVE IN. He strongly advised using the bus/ shuttle which usually have a private lane dedicated for it.

Oh, so the shuttle is faster than driving? That's good to hear! We're going to be taking the shuttle, and I was afraid it would take the same ~3 hours as the driving estimate.

Do you know how long the shuttle usually does take?


He said "driving there is a complete nightmare"
Ill ask him more about the shuttle and post here his thoughts on the best way to go about it. He said he went there for a concert and the bus was the best way in and out with a dedicated bus lane for that event but idk if they do that for all events

http://www.circuitoftheamericas.com/2017-f1/parking/shuttles

Driving there is easy if you do it earlier in the day. It's paying crazy prices for the parking that I can't stomach. Glad I have friends in the area that take care of me. The shuttle is definitely cheaper.

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FYI for any of you who might want to attend the USGP this year ... COTA finally released this year's shuttle info a few days ago.


There are two shuttle drop off points this year. One shuttle drops you at the McAngus Road shuttle loading/unloading area. From there, COTA calls it a "short walk". It's about a 3/4 mile walk on a dirt path just to get to the Grand Plaza entry gate near Turn 15. That shuttle costs $15/day. If you're sitting at T1, or T9 it's about an additional 1 mile walk from the Grand Plaza gate to either of those areas. It's about 3/4 mile from the Grand Plaza gate to the Main Grandstand.

There is a shuttle that will drop you right at the Front Gate by the Grand Plaza That shuttle costs $50/day. So for an extra $35/day you avoid 1.5 miles of walking, but you may still have a long walk to your seats and back to the Front Gate shuttle area.

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Just remember this important point re: the shuttles, folks. There are two shuttle drop off points this year. One shuttle drops you at the McAngus Road shuttle loading/unloading area. From there, COTA calls it a "short walk". It's about a 3/4 mile walk on a dirt path just to get to the Grand Plaza entry gate near Turn 15. That shuttle costs $15/day. If you're sitting at T1 or T9, it's an additional 1 mile walk from the Grand Plaza gate to either of those areas.

There is a shuttle that will drop you right at the Front Gate, by which I assume they mean the gate by the Main Grandstand on the front straight across from the pits. That shuttle costs $50.

Be aware that while that sounds better, it may not actually be better. If you're sitting at T15. You're probably looking at, again, about a 3/4 mile walk from the "Front Gate" to T15, so you might as well take the cheaper shuttle. The walk from the Front Gate to T9 is more than a mile. The walk to T1 is close to half a mile.

$50 for a shuttle! I'd want to be driven to my seat for that price! 8O


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hairy_scotsman wrote:
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A friend of mine lives in austin and told me from his understanding that there is only one public road to the track so he emphasized DONT DRIVE IN. He strongly advised using the bus/ shuttle which usually have a private lane dedicated for it.

Only one road? No. You can take US 183, SH 71, IH 35 & SH 130, or Burleson Road, among other more minor routes to get to the general area, and then FM 812 or Elroy Road to get to the circuit itself.



1 main road to the circuit itself, not 1 route to get there... Again this was the setup cota had for that concert event... Most race track venues have a huge bottle neck issue. The earlier you get there the better but the main issue is leaving said venue when everyone leaves at the same time. Which a shuttle bus with dedicated lanes could alleviate issues. That was the focal point of the previous statement.

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Mayhem wrote:
hairy_scotsman wrote:
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A friend of mine lives in austin and told me from his understanding that there is only one public road to the track so he emphasized DONT DRIVE IN. He strongly advised using the bus/ shuttle which usually have a private lane dedicated for it.

Only one road? No. You can take US 183, SH 71, IH 35 & SH 130, or Burleson Road, among other more minor routes to get to the general area, and then FM 812 or Elroy Road to get to the circuit itself.



1 main road to the circuit itself, not 1 route to get there... Again this was the setup cota had for that concert event...

But that's not the case. There are two roads to the circuit for any large scale event - Elroy Road and FM 812 as I said above. Circuit of the Americas Boulevard runs between the two and you can access the circuit from either of them. And there are a couple other roads that access the track as well.

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Holy crap. I just realized something. It seems that COTA has dropped its Fan Fest activities for this year. I live in Austin and follow all the COTA news & haven't heard a peep about Fan Fest. It has shrunk more and more every year. I guess they gave up on it.

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I plan on going. Will use uber/lyft to go from my hotel to the circuit. I don't mind the long walks. Thanks for all the info.


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Does COTA actually have the things in the map above? When watching on TV I've never noticed a 'super' stage or party zone!

Or is it like Siverstone where they give you all this info but the reality is very dated, messy and cheap looking spectator areas with nothing but a few tent stands and trailers?

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Nice aerial shot of COTA USGP preparations, from yesterday.

Quite a bit of new track shaving there, and you can see the new kart track...

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Visit Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew on of your nights. Serious authentic Austin meat eating. Austin is a great town. Had the chance to drive COTA at an AMG event in June. Great venue, good music this year too.

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Oy...

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Nice aerial from a friend on another board who took it Thursday on departure from ABIA.

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Does COTA actually have the things in the map above? When watching on TV I've never noticed a 'super' stage or party zone!

Or is it like Siverstone where they give you all this info but the reality is very dated, messy and cheap looking spectator areas with nothing but a few tent stands and trailers?

The Super Stage is new and will be out adjacent to the track along the back straight near Turn 11. The party zone or whatever they're calling it, is out between the concert area and the support paddock. It's new for the USGP this year and includes a ferris wheel and, judging from pst 'fun zone' setups they've had for other series, probably a lot of kid-oriented activities like inflatable jump houses, slides, etc.

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Love the Texas Star at the end of the long straight in the runoff area, that's new this year.

I haven't been to F1 2013, but attend MotoGP every year (I like bikes more).

I may cruise up to Austin this weekend and get a GA ticket and walk around; there is so much to see even with a GA ticket.

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I’m going to Austin this year too! So many members attending, let’s meet up :lol:


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I used to organize PF1 gatherings at Indy during the F1 race and it was really great meeting up with both friends and "adversaries" and we all had a pretty good time. if you guys can put such a thing together, by all means do it.

Austin is FULL of great Barbecue restaurants and it is an easy search to find list after list of them. Amazing how lists can vary. Personally, the last couple of times I was in Austin I became a convert... formerly a Salt Licks fan, I found a place called Coopers in downtown Austin... I love it, and heartily recommend it... informal and fantastic eats and choices.

Have fun all! it will likely be your own fault if you don't!
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I used to organize PF1 gatherings at Indy during the F1 race and it was really great meeting up with both friends and "adversaries" and we all had a pretty good time. if you guys can put such a thing together, by all means do it.

Austin is FULL of great Barbecue restaurants and it is an easy search to find list after list of them. Amazing how lists can vary. Personally, the last couple of times I was in Austin I became a convert... formerly a Salt Licks fan, I found a place called Coopers in downtown Austin... I love it, and heartily recommend it... informal and fantastic eats and choices.

Have fun all! it will likely be your own fault if you don't!
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Coopers looks like a dirty Texan bbq joint, I'm in!


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Blake wrote:
I used to organize PF1 gatherings at Indy during the F1 race and it was really great meeting up with both friends and "adversaries" and we all had a pretty good time. if you guys can put such a thing together, by all means do it.

Austin is FULL of great Barbecue restaurants and it is an easy search to find list after list of them. Amazing how lists can vary. Personally, the last couple of times I was in Austin I became a convert... formerly a Salt Licks fan, I found a place called Coopers in downtown Austin... I love it, and heartily recommend it... informal and fantastic eats and choices.

Have fun all! it will likely be your own fault if you don't!
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Coopers looks like a dirty Texan bbq joint, I'm in!


WARNING:
If you order a pork chop at Cooper's, make sure you are hungry... it is Huge!
My favorite though is the sirlion. As i said, there are a variety of choices and the baked beans are serve yourself out if a big barrel... and tasty.

Damn, I am starting to wish i was there with you guys! I should have waited until AFTER lunch before responding.
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Holy crap. I just realized something. It seems that COTA has dropped its Fan Fest activities for this year. I live in Austin and follow all the COTA news & haven't heard a peep about Fan Fest. It has shrunk more and more every year. I guess they gave up on it.

That's disappointing. But maybe they could not hold the US GP at the same time as a knockout round of NASCAR

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Blake wrote:
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Blake wrote:
I used to organize PF1 gatherings at Indy during the F1 race and it was really great meeting up with both friends and "adversaries" and we all had a pretty good time. if you guys can put such a thing together, by all means do it.

Austin is FULL of great Barbecue restaurants and it is an easy search to find list after list of them. Amazing how lists can vary. Personally, the last couple of times I was in Austin I became a convert... formerly a Salt Licks fan, I found a place called Coopers in downtown Austin... I love it, and heartily recommend it... informal and fantastic eats and choices.

Have fun all! it will likely be your own fault if you don't!
;)


Coopers looks like a dirty Texan bbq joint, I'm in!


WARNING:
If you order a pork chop at Cooper's, make sure you are hungry... it is Huge!
My favorite though is the sirlion. As i said, there are a variety of choices and the baked beans are serve yourself out if a big barrel... and tasty.

Damn, I am starting to wish i was there with you guys! I should have waited until AFTER lunch before responding.
:nod:

Why the heck don't we start getting things in order for 2018???

No one is getting any younger and the loss of Patrick O'Brien earlier this year should serve as a reminder how short life can be.
My brother in law (who is the most casual of fans) and I have talked about going to COTA the last 3 years and something has always come up, but mostly it's due to not setting the course to just go. I know even though my kids say F1 is Booooring, if I asked if they want to go to a race they'd say heck yes!… but my wife would say uhhh no thank you!

Weird people I live with I guess. LOL

If anything begins to come together for 2018, LMK because I would love to go.

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Maybe you are on to something regarding 2018 ! I have been going to the US Vintage Racing Championships instead of F1 lately... maybe next year it can be both.

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Blake wrote:
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Blake wrote:
I used to organize PF1 gatherings at Indy during the F1 race and it was really great meeting up with both friends and "adversaries" and we all had a pretty good time. if you guys can put such a thing together, by all means do it.

Austin is FULL of great Barbecue restaurants and it is an easy search to find list after list of them. Amazing how lists can vary. Personally, the last couple of times I was in Austin I became a convert... formerly a Salt Licks fan, I found a place called Coopers in downtown Austin... I love it, and heartily recommend it... informal and fantastic eats and choices.

Have fun all! it will likely be your own fault if you don't!
;)


Coopers looks like a dirty Texan bbq joint, I'm in!


WARNING:
If you order a pork chop at Cooper's, make sure you are hungry... it is Huge!
My favorite though is the sirlion. As i said, there are a variety of choices and the baked beans are serve yourself out if a big barrel... and tasty.

Damn, I am starting to wish i was there with you guys! I should have waited until AFTER lunch before responding.
:nod:

Pork chops? Sirloin? If you're going to the hill country of Texas and don't live on brisket and cornbread you're not living your best life. ;)

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Bentrovato wrote:
Guys Austin is awesome! So many cool places to explore. Really fun city so far

Yes, I'm liking it as well. It has a good vibe, and the heat isn't as bad to my northern senses as I was afraid it would be! :lol:

Currently projected to rain the next several days, so that should feel like home.

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I am planning to be seated at the Turn 1 general Admission area. Whats the best way to get there? Once at the Grand Plaza, how do i get to the different parts of the circuit? Are there shuttles or trams? Thanks!

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