U.S. GP Confirmed at COTA and Taylor Swift to Perform There
It’s hard to determine what the biggest news is coming out of Austin, Texas. Officials of the United States Formula One Grand Prix announced that the race will go on as scheduled on Oct. 23.
No one could be happier with the news than the start-up American-owned, HaasF1 team.
“It’s very important to have a race on home soil,” team principal Guenther Steiner told POPULAR OPEN WHEEL. “It helps cultivate a fan base that not only follows Haas F1 Team, but Formula One as a whole.
“Austin has become a destination city in the paddock, and COTA is a very nice facility. It has a good, challenging layout that really showcases the abilities of our drivers and the technology of our cars. We’re looking forward to racing there.”
And there’s another big development for the benefit of fans. At the same time it was announced that pop music megastar, Taylor Swift, will perform at the track named Circuit of the Americas (COTA).
That development may have an even bigger impact on attendance.
“We could advertise that F1 is coming to every person in the country but only a million people would care,” COTA chairman, Bobby Epstein, told Forbes.com. “However, a hundred million in the U.S. know Taylor Swift.”
The latest news obliterates a veil of uncertainty at the 3.427-mile motor racing facility.
When the Formula One schedule was published last year the event was listed with an asterisk and words to the effect of “to be confirmed.”
Then there were months of speculation that the organizers wouldn’t be able to pay the FIA’s sanction fee. Everything was cleared up at the press conference on Wednesday.
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