AUSTIN, Texas (Sept. 20, 2014 ) – Circuit of The Americas (COTA) welcomed a two-day crowd of 50,334 for Lone Star Le Mans, a celebration of sports car racing from the Tudor United SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The inaugural event brought together for the first time two of the world’s premier sports car racing series and marked the debut of night racing at Circuit of The Americas, capped off with a fireworks show while cars were still on track Saturday night.
Total attendance was a 33 percent increase over last year’s International Sports Car Weekend, which brought in 33,591 people over three days.
With an open paddock, autograph sessions and pitlane walks, guests had numerous opportunities to explore and interact with the teams and drivers throughout each full day of racing.
Additionally, guests were treated to a festival-like atmosphere around the facility that included live music by Blue Oyster Cult and more, interactive displays, family-friendly games and activities and an exciting fireworks display at night.
"The response from fans who attended Lone Star Le Mans was overwhelmingly positive, and we are thrilled to have hosted two world-class racing series while giving our guests a variety of entertainment options at this world-class facility,” Chief Marketing Officer Dominic Iacono said.
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 Championships, 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.