Circuit of the Americas Mercedes-Benz Car Corral and Grand-AM Race

Circuit of the Americas Mercedes-Benz Car Corral and Grand-AM Race

Submitted by Kathie Steele on 01-28-2013

Event Information
Date: Fri, 03/01/2013 - 9:00am - Sat, 03/02/2013 - 6:00pm
Location: Austin - Texas
Contact: Kathie Steele
Texas Hill Country Section Event

Event Report
Grand-AM of the Americas
After racing at Daytona in January, Grand-AM racing arrived at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin on Friday & Saturday, March 1 -2, 2013.  Members of the Lone Star Section, Texas Hill Country Section, Houston, and other Sections attended the event.
COTA arranged parking for us near the track entrance where our vehicles could be parked together.  Other car clubs such as Porsche, BMW, Mustang, Audi, VW, and Nissan also attended the event and participated in the parade laps. 
We had seats in Section 15 stands where on Friday we watched practice and qualifying.  The clubs were divided into two groups for driving the parade laps; some on Friday and MBCA members on Saturday morning.
Saturday, we met bright and early at 8:00 AM to receive instructions from COTA representative, Jason Brewer, before lining up our vehicles to participate in our parade lap.  Ten cars made their way onto the track through an underground tunnel.  The COTA track is 3.41 miles and contains 20 turns.  The only downside in driving the lap was the slow speed required by COTA!  So, not fair with a Mercedes.  Afterwards, we were welcome to sit and watch other races, venture on a relaxing walk around the track, and check out the vendors. 
The track schedule for Saturday also provided fans a walk to the paddock area in back of the main grand stand where each team housed and worked on their cars.  There was also time scheduled for a walk to the pit area in front of the main grandstand.  The pit area gives fans a close-up view of what goes on when race cars enter the pit for servicing then exit back onto the track. 
Many thanks go to the Lone Star Section for organizing this event and to Ginny Pitzen who worked as the club liaison to COTA. 
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