AUSTIN, Texas (Oct. 16, 2014) — Circuit of The Americas (COTA) is delighted that Infiniti Motor Company Ltd. will help kick off the U.S. Grand Prix weekend with the running of a Formula One car and the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype on the streets of Downtown Austin on Wednesday, Oct. 29.
Infiniti Red Bull Racing drivers Daniel Ricciardo and four-time F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel will drive Vettel’s 2011 championship Formula One car and the 560-horsepower Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype up and down Congress Avenue in downtown Austin.
The event, which will start at 12 p.m. CDT on the corner of Congress Avenue and Seventh Street, will give fans a preview of the race scheduled for Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 at Circuit of The Americas, the home of Formula One in the United States.
Vettel and Ricciardo will take turns demonstrating the performance of the Formula One car and introduce Austin to the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype inspired by Infiniti’s partnership with Infiniti Red Bull Racing. There will also be a drivers’ parade, and a few lucky fans will be selected from the crowd to ride in the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype driven by Vettel and Ricciardo.
In just three years, the U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas has become a favorite among fans, teams and drivers because of the venue’s world-class facilities, its challenging and exciting 3.4-mile racetrack and the numerous entertainment options throughout the weekend. Tickets are still available for this year’s race, Grand Prix, including a single-day option on race day (Sunday 2nd November). To purchase tickets, visit www.circuitoftheamericas.com/f1.
Also planned at COTA over the race weekend is a post-race concert by Kid Rock at the Austin 360 Amphitheater, recently named by USA Today as one of America’s 10 best concert venues, and the return of Fan Fest, the celebration of speed and music set over multiple city blocks in Downtown Austin.
“We are thrilled that Infiniti Motor Company, Ltd., is providing fans an opportunity to preview the power, speed and excitement of Formula One and the U.S. Grand Prix,” said Dominic Iacono, Circuit of The Americas’ chief marketing officer. “Seeing these amazing cars in action under the Texas Capitol is sure to draw in new fans while adding to the anticipation among long-time Formula One followers.”
Note: Media inquiries should be directed to: Shadee Malekafzali, Infiniti Americas Formula One Communications, (310) 570-3925 firstname.lastname@example.org
Infiniti Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with sales operations in over 50 countries. The Infiniti brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan and the United States. Production in China and the UK will start soon along with the expansion of the brand’s portfolio. Infiniti plans to also expand manufacturing into Mexico by 2017.
As the Title Partner and Vehicle Performance Partner of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Infiniti has a far-reaching technical collaboration with the Formula One team, and Sebastian Vettel, its four-time World Champion driver, serves as Infiniti’s Director of Performance.
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About Circuit of The Americas
Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, is the home of world championships and a world-class destination for premium sports and entertainment. COTA’s marquee event, the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX was awarded 2013 “Sports Event of the Year” by SportsBusiness Journal/Daily, and the same publication named the venue a finalist for 2014 “Sports Facility of the Year.” Additionally, COTA is the new North American home for the summer edition of ESPN’s X Games. More than one million visitors come to COTA each year for events such as MotoGP™, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the FIA World Endurance Championship, business and social functions, and more than 20 performances at the venue’s acclaimed Austin360 Amphitheater, winner of Pollstar’s “Best New Major Concert Venue” award for 2013. COTA’s 1,500-acre campus includes a variety of permanent structures, including a 44,000-square foot Event Center, an impressive Main Grandstand with hospitality suites and the Velocity Lounge, a 270,000-square foot Paddock Building with 34 garages, and an iconic 25-story Observation Tower at the heart of the facility. For more information and downloadable video and photos, visit: www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com, www.Austin360Amphitheater.com or COTA’s dedicated FTP site, media.circuitoftheamericas.com. Follow COTA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CircuitofTheAmericas and Twitter @circuitamericas and @COTAmedia.