The opening act of the Circuit of
The America’s amazing 2017 season
of top-level sports car competition
was the IMSA Weather Tech SportsCar
Championship’s Advance Auto Parts
Sportscar Showdown, May 6.
Racers love the 3.4-mile track’s
challenging turns and elevation
changes, and once again it provided
the perfect stage for the four
classes in action in Texas.
The 2h40m event saw Wayne
Taylor Racing’s Cadillac DPi take the
overall win, extending its 2017 streak
to four wins from four races. It was
the second consecutive COTA win
for drivers Jordan and Ricky Taylor.
Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia
and Jan Magnussen avoided a first
lap, first turn multi-car melee to
charge to the front and take the GT
Le Mans class win, coming in just
2.498sec ahead of the BMW M6 of
Bill Auberlen and Alexander Sims.
In GT Daytona, the Mercedes-AMG
GT3 of Ben Keating and Jeroen
Bleekemolen was the class of the
field, taking a third-straight 2017 win
at a track where Keating has now
won four times in his last five starts.
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(ABOVE) Wayne Taylor Racing’s Cadillac
DPi heads the Protototypes at COTA.
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(ABOVE) Porsche and Toyota go head to head
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and drivers before the racing begins.
American sports car racing fans get
their chance to see the most advanced
racecars on the planet go head to head
at COTA, Sept. 15-16. That’s when the
space-age, 1,000hp-plus, hybrid LMP1
prototypes from Porsche and Toyota
battle it out in the FIA World Endurance
Championship’s fifth visit to Texas.
Lone Star Le Mans, COTA’s twist on
the world’s greatest endurance race, the
24 Hours of Le Mans, features six hours
of high-speed WEC racing action as well
as fan-friendly entertainment. Once
again, the race features day-into-night
action and finishes under the stars.
As well as the high-tech LMP1s, the
WEC features three other classes of cars
all racing together, including LMP2,
GTE Pro and GTE Am. COTA is the sixth
out of nine WEC stops, so with the various
title battles heading to a climax, the
competition is bound to be intense and
flat-out from start to finish.
Race fans love the unique atmosphere
of Lone Star Le Mans, and the WEC’s
drivers look forward to it, too.
“COTA for me is the most beautiful of
all the new circuits because it has such a
great mixture of challenges,” says
Porsche LMP1 driver Timo Bernhard.
“Sector one is especially interesting. After
the steep start-finish straight, the first left
hander is a blind corner, followed by
flowing esses. If you make a mistake
there, you suffer from it for a long time.
I’m always looking forward to racing in
the U.S. I love the track and I think the
sports car culture in the States is great.”
LONE STAR LOWDOWN
2-DAY & 1-DAY PASSES
Two-day tickets ($79) access open seating in COTA’s premium
grandstands (Main Grandstand, Turn 1 and Turn 15) as well as
all General Admission areas, paddock and grid walks. OR get the
same access for one day with a Friday or Saturday pass (from
$49). Children 12 and under are free with a ticketed adult.
LE MANS SPIRIT CLUB
Experience the pinnacle of endurance
racing in the lap of luxury. At the Le Mans
Spirit Club, you’ll be on top of the action
from an air conditioned loft above the
paddock and pit lane. Enjoy exclusive
programming, food and beverages
including beer, wine and liquor, access
to multiple grandstands, and more.