LEISURE AND RECREATION
FORMULA 1 RACING
AUSTIN ON THE
Austin, Texas is well-known for being
home to the exciting and the unique.
Featuring participant and spectator sports
galore, in addition to its majestic landscape
and vibrant music scene, the capitol city of
Texas is an international trendsetter. With
the opening of the Circuit of the Americas
Formula 1 track in 2012, Austin added
another attraction which will contribute to its
popularity on the international scene.
Southeast Austin’s new Circuit of the
Americas track is currently the only track in
the United States permanently dedicated to
Formula 1 racing. While Formula 1 has
long been popular in Europe, it has been
slow to catch on in the U.S. Many
American auto racing fans have never been
exposed to the excitement of Formula 1
racing, but promoters in Austin hope to
WHAT IS FORMULA 1 RACING?
Many auto racing fans consider Formula 1
racing to be the most challenging and most
prestigious form of auto racing. It differs
from NASCAR and other races in two
striking ways: the cars and the course.
Formula 1 race cars are precision racing
machines. These lightweight, single-seat
cars are designed for speed. The wheels
and tires of a Formula 1 car are outside the
vehicle’s body—a design called open-wheel. The engine is behind the driver’s
cockpit, rather than in front like ordinary
autos and like NASCAR racers.
The moment you spy a Formula 1 car you
can tell it was built to race, even if you aren’t
a racing fan. The 2. 4 liter, V8 engines of
today’s Formula 1 cars have approximately
700 horsepower. These sleek racing
machines can go over 200 mph.
Unlike NASCAR, Formula 1 racing is
never held on an oval track. A track with
right and left street-like turns adds to the
challenge of this form of racing. In
Europe, the original home of Formula 1
racing, races are sometimes held on the
streets. Formula 1 racing has also been
held on the streets of Las Vegas, Dallas,
Long Beach, Detroit, and Phoenix.
Drivers and Teams
World Champion driver Sebastain Vettel,
Romain Grosjean, Mark Webber and
Lewis Hamilton are just a few of drivers that
graced the track in 2013. Vettel, in
winning the race, scored his eighth
consecutive Grand Prix victory, topping the