|Welcome to Austin's newest event venue, know to locals as COTA.|
First, the engines of Formula 1 race cars zooming around the new Circuit of the Americas race track which opened last November in Elroy, just outside of Austin, Texas. COTA's 3.4 mile circuit track is home to the United States Grad Prix and will feature several other national and international races including V8 Supercars, Grand Am and Le Mans. The track also is in the running the an upcoming X-Games competition.
|V8 Supercars race around the track in May 2013.|
|Participant in the V8 Supercars race at Austin's Circuit of the Americas.|
|A shot of the race track from the observation tower at COTA.|
Second, the ecstatic crowds filling the 14,000 seat Austin360 Amphitheater attached to the venue which opened this spring. COTA has partnered with Live Nation to bring even more major and touring acts to "The Live Music Capital of the World" Austin, Texas.
|The stage of the new Austin360 Amphitheater at the Circuit of the Americas track.|
|Seating for the Austin 360 Amphitheater.|
|A view of the Austin360 Amphitheater and the observation tower for the |
Circuit of the Americas track in Elroy, just outside of Austin, Texas
So far the music venue has played host to the likes of Dave Matthews Band, Kenny Chesney, Mumford and Sons, and The Avett Brothers.
|The Avett Brothers perform at the Austin 360 Amphitheater.|
|Grace Potter and the Nocturnals open for The Avett Brothers.|
|Marcus Mumford entertains the crowds at the Austin 360 Amphitheater.|
|Mumford and Sons perform at the new Austin 360 Amphitheater.|
Racing events on top for this year include The American Le Mans Series, the FIA World Endurance Championship, and Formula 1 United States Grand Prix.