Circuit of The Americas celebrates inaugural USGP with enthusiastic crowd

AUSTIN, Texas – Circuit of The Americas today entered the record books as the first purpose-built Formula 1™ racetrack in the country to host its own Grand Prix.

Race winner Lewis Hamilton, McLaren celebrates on the podium
Race winner Lewis Hamilton, McLaren celebrates on the podium

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An exuberant crowd of 117,429 packed the new 330-acre facility to watch Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton claim his fourth Grand Prix of the season and his second United States Grand Prix victory in five years having won the 2007 Formula 1™ race last hosted in Indianapolis.

Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel, current points leader in the drivers’ standings, was second with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso third. McLaren was awarded the constructor’s trophy for Austin’s inaugural event.

Hamilton’s victory means the driver’s title won’t be decided until the season’s final race in Sao Paulo, Brazil, next weekend.

The $400 million sports and entertainment venue, completed only days before its first major event, received rave reviews from the tens of thousands of fans who traveled the world to witness Formula 1’s return to the United States.

The 3.4-mile, 20-turn circuit produced several opportunities for overtaking, highlighted by Hamilton slipping past pole sitter Vettel on Turn 12 to take the race lead during Lap 43.

Fans packed the stands and general admission areas to cheer on their favorites and to watch Hamilton pass under the checkered flag and back into U.S. racing history.

Total attendance for the three-day event was 265,499 with Friday’s practice sessions and Saturday’s qualifying rounds drawing 65,360 and 82,710, respectively.

“The entire Circuit of The Americas team thanks our guests, our community, our new Formula One family and racing fans around the world for making our first Grand Prix such a remarkable experience,” Circuit Chairman Bobby Epstein said.

“The racing was spectacular. The crowd was enthusiastic and appreciative, and we showed the world that Formula 1 has a new U.S. home in Austin, Texas.”

Circuit of The Americas

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Lewis Hamilton , Sebastian Vettel
Teams Ferrari , Red Bull Racing , Mercedes , McLaren
Article type Breaking news
Tags circuit of the americas, cota, usgp