Formula 1 is coming to Austin October 31 through November 2, 2014; can you feel the excitement in the air? The racing will definitely get your blood pumping, but if you’re coming all the day to Austin to see the races, you’ll definitely want to enjoy the rest of what the city has to offer. What other events are going on while you’re in town?
One of the biggest events is the COTA Fan Fest, happening over the same time as the racing. This year’s lineup brings some of the biggest musical acts into town, including Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and the Texas Tornados, appearing at the COTA Austin360 Amphitheater, voted one of USA Today’s Best Concert Venues in the country1. Over 40 acts will be appearing, along with events for the whole family, making it the place to be when you’re not watching the race.
Kicking off the festivities, even before the actual racing starts, is the F1 Fan Forum, taking place October 29 at the Gibson Showroom in South Austin. The Forum features current and former F1 drivers, answering your questions about the race and signing autographs. Admission is free and doors open at 5:30, with the event starting at 6 pm. The Gibson Showroom is located at 3601 South Congress Avenue in the Penn Field complex, an easy drive from the Circuit of the Americas and from almost all hotels in Austin. While it’s free to attend, you need to register now by clicking here to make sure you get your seat. If you can’t make it to the Gibson Showroom, the Forum will also be streamed online live and on-demand starting October 30.
Are you looking for time with your favorite drivers? Autograph seekers will be thrilled to learn they can grab a few signatures throughout each of the three days of racing. Starting on October 31, drivers will be waiting for you at the Austin360 Amphitheater. Here’s the schedule of who will be there and when:
- 12:30 – 12:50 pm Sauber team
- 12:50 – 1:10 pm Caterham team
- 4:35 – 4:55 pm Marussia team
- 3:30 – 3:50 pm Infiniti Red Bull Racing
- 4:35 – 4:55 pm Mercedes AMG Petronas team
- 4:55 – 5:15 pm McLaren Mercedes team
- 5:20 – 5:40 pm Scuderia Ferrari team
- 5:40 – 6:00 pm Scuderia Toro Rosso team
- 10:00 – 10:20 am Lotus team
- 10:40 – 11:00 am Sahara Force India team
- 12:00 – 12:20 pm Williams Martini Racing team
Whether it’s music or autographs you’re looking for, F1 racing in Austin is going to be huge. Make sure you’re there from beginning to end by using our car service or limousine to get you there in style. Avoid the problem and expense of parking and let our trained, experienced, professional drivers get you to the race and events without the hassle. Call us today for your reservations.