“A flying lap over the Circuit of the Americas”
With Formula 1 returning to the US this year, time is beginning to close in; however a video released this week showed things coming along rather well.
Touring over the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, local realtor Perry Henderson recorded some helicopter footage of the circuit, showing much of the track not too far from completion.
Layers of asphalt were laid on the start / finish straight several days ago, with an additional coating due in the coming weeks. Other sections of the course have also received their initial layers in the recent past.
Although the circuit may look like a dust bowl at this time, much of the ancillary work trackside will likely come together quite quickly.
Heavy construction and paving of roads begins next week and is set to last for up to six weeks, during which FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting will conduct his final inspection.
As well as the Grand Prix – set for November 18th – the circuit will also host Moto GP, V8 Supercars and the American Le Mans Series. It is believed the IZOD IndyCar Series may also be in talks with the circuit.
Toward the end of July, COTA unveiled plans for an open air concert venue at the base of the circuit’s observation tower. It was also revealed concert promoter Live Nation had entered into a booking agreement with the circuit to attract popular, top selling artists to the circuit.