When it was announced that Formula One would return to North America after a several year absence, and the racing was to be held at the newly constructed Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, race fans all across North America rejoiced. Once the facility was fully constructed, and it's amazing corners, architectural design, and overall appeal was first seen by the public, the world let out a collective "wow."
After two full years of events at the speedway, the world is still in amazement over the world-class venue, and the simple mention of it's name garners a silent amazement from any motorsports crowd. From April 11-13, 2014, the circuit will once again host the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas for the MotoGP championship. Tickets for the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas are on sale now at TicketMaster outlets.
Recently race promoters put out a coll for volunteers to assist them with the planning and marshaling of the race. Interested parties should complete the Circuit of The Americas’ Preliminary Volunteer Application Form, where their application will be reviewed when received, and applicants will be notified as soon as possible.
Additional information about the event and responsibilities will be distributed as it becomes available. Previous race marshal experience is preferred, but not required. Individuals selected as volunteer race marshals will receive training and a number unique benefits in exchange for their service, including the chance to experience the MotoGP Championship event held at the Circuit’s world-class sports and entertainment complex.
Though the MotoGP is a big deal, the bread and butter for the speedway is F1. Recently, the facility fced a small hurdle when they were informed by the sanctioning body that the 2014 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX would be held Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, 2014. Those dates conflict directly with the NASCAR event being held in nearby Houston.
“Due to the large number of NASCAR events scheduled annually, there will occasionally be overlaps with events at Circuit of The Americas, and that will happen next year," COTA Chairman Bobby Epstein noted. "However there are few similarities between a NASCAR race and the Formula 1 weekend we have developed. The F1 USGP is a massive, fun and entertaining experience that has performed well against all kinds of competition. Many members of the public were concerned that our first F1 race fell on the same date as the season-ending NASCAR race in Homestead, Fla., and it proved to be a non-issue. Ultimately, we see this as a great opportunity to draw sports fans from around the world to Texas and to proving again that Austin is the place to enjoy premium racing and entertainment.”
“Formula 1™ race organizers set race dates and locations according to a global calendar with incredible scheduling and logistical considerations,” Epstein continued. “We are pleased that our date falls on a weekend that doesn't conflict with any major conventions scheduled for Austin, due to the impact that kind of overlap could have on hotel availability. In early November, Central Texas hotels are wide open, and it’s beautiful time of year to visit Austin and experience our immersive Formula 1 weekend."
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