Circuit of the Americas is the only Formula 1 race course in the U.S. Being able to spend time on this track where the world’s premier racing series runs is something special. The track was completed in 2011 and opened for its inaugural race in 2012. The layout was conceived by promoter Tavo Hellmund and MotoGP champion Kevin Schwantz with the assistance of world renowned circuit designer Hermann Tilke who has worked on many of the best circuits on the F1 schedule.
I had the chance to walk the entire track and I took that opportunity to take pictures to get a slightly better perspective of the track. As you can imagine, seeing the track on television or in games doesn’t give this world class circuit the correct amount of justice. The 133 foot elevation change leading into turn one is more extreme than you would imagine, but the more interesting elevation changes were in the esses, making them even more challenging than I thought. The photos I took are all in order of the turns. It started getting pretty dark toward the end and they shut down the track for walking as I made it to the final turn heading into the main straight so the photos do get a little sparse after the carousel . I was able to drive the circuit the next morning and I have included the video of parade laps which I took from the nose of our ¾ ton tow vehicle. You can check out the the rest of the weekend here.