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AUSTIN, TX (September 30, 2020) – Circuit of The Americas (COTA) announced today it will welcome race fans to an experience like no other when the NASCAR Cup Series visits Austin, Texas for the first-time, courtesy of Speedway Motorsports. After driving the course in the 3,200-pound stock car, Stewart says in the news release that he was intrigued about the possibility of NASCAR coming to Austin, and now that it’s official, he says he's already looking forward to next May. Take charge of your own 602 horsepower race car as part of our exciting driving experiences. RELATED: NASCAR comes roaring back, naming health care heroes as Grand Marshals for May 17 race. However, NASCAR star Tony Stewart praised the layout of the track last fall in an interview with Autoweek. RELATED: NASCAR bans display of Confederate flag at races and tracks. It previously hosted the Australian V8 Supercars, the American Le Mans Series, the Rolex Sports Car Series After driving the course in the 3,200-pound stock car, Stewart was intrigued about the possibility of NASCAR coming to Austin, and now that it’s official, he’s already looking forward to next May. There are several potential passing zones. “We are still eight months away from the event and there’s a lot of uncertainty in the upcoming months. “This [will] brings tens of thousands of people to our city and they shop at our stores and they stay at the hotels and they’re going to go to a restaurant and I think they’re going to love what they see in Austin,” he said. For the first time in the track's eight year history, the Circuit of the Americas will host a NASCAR race in 2021. Sep 30, 2020, 12:14pm CDT NASCAR confirmed it is coming to Circuit of The Americas next year. This 2009 photo shows "The Real World" house in Austin after it was converted to a Mexican restaurant and one year before Vince Young Steakhouse opened in the location. Inspire your most valuable stakeholders in our expansive meeting and hospitality spaces designed for large groups and private or corporate events. AUSTIN, TX (September 30, 2020) – Circuit of The Americas (COTA) announced today it will welcome race fans to an experience like no other when the NASCAR Cup Series visits Austin, Texas for the first-time, courtesy of Speedway Motorsports. For more information and to download videos and photos, visit www.thecircuit.com. Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner, three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, and 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Tony Stewart made a demonstration run in a No. “Our company is proud to have a 60-year history of fabulous firsts in motorsports entertainment, and we are honored to bring America’s premier racing series to one of the world’s most renowned entertainment venues and cities for the very first time,” said Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith. The inaugural running of the NASCAR Cup Series at COTA will take place on May 23, 2021. Circuit of the Americas (COTA) is a grade 1 FIA-specification 3.426-mile (5.514 km) motor racing track and facilities located within the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Austin, Texas. ©2020 FOX Television Stations, How to use and remove gloves, masks safely, Voter Guide: Everything you need to know to vote, Am I registered to vote in Texas? Although the event is planned and scheduled, COVID-19 will ultimately decide if it happens. The inaugural running of the NASCAR Cup Series at COTA will take place on May 23, 2021 AUSTIN, Texas - Circuit of the Americas has announced that NASCAR will be making a stop in Austin for the first time in 2021. The three day event brings in several thousand people to Austin and one of the biggest concerns this year is transportation. COTA hosts both Formula 1 and MotoGP races annually and is the only FIA-certified Grade 1 track in the United States. The addition of a NASCAR race for 2021 is a major victory after the track lost every major event in 2020 due to COVID-19 and the pandemic that has lingered longer than anyone could have predicted. At Circuit of The Americas there is fun at every turn. We work and challenge ourselves every day at Speedway Motorsports to create amazing experiences that will last a lifetime, and we know NASCAR at COTA will deliver in 2021.”, “I’m grateful for Marcus Smith’s vision and determination to make this event possible,” said Circuit of the Americas CEO and Chairman, Bobby Epstein. As if you needed more of a reason to visit local-Austin chain Kerbey Lane Cafe, server Wanwisa "Aye" Sanguanrueang is, literally, drawing some attention. Thirty years after Stevie Ray Vaughan's death, Austin City Limits will honor the Texas musician with a new hour-long special. Austin Bold FC & USL Championship Season Returns July 1... read this story . It has also hosted ESPN's X Games as well as concerts featuring artists like Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake. For us to be able to give the fans what they asked for and certainly be able to deliver what we built this for, it’s a great day,” said COTA chairman Bobby Epstein. Speedway Motorsports provides souvenir merchandising services through its SMI Properties subsidiaries; manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars and parts through its U.S. Legend Cars International subsidiary; and produces and broadcasts syndicated motorsports programming to radio stations nationwide through its Performance Racing Network subsidiary. The premiere American racing league will debut in Austin for the first time May 21-23, 2021 as part of the new racing schedule for NASCAR that will also move the All-Star Race to Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. COTA Provides More Than 1.6 Million Meals To Central Te... read this story . The inaugural running of the NASCAR Cup Series at COTA will take place on May 23, 2021. Recognition like this from our peer group motivates us to work even harder on our mission of connecting you to our ever-changing city. The announcement on Twitter comes after The Athletic first reported last week that NASCAR would make its way to the COTA track. AUSTIN, Texas - Circuit of the Americas has announced that NASCAR will be making a stop in Austin for the first time in 2021. Circuit of the Americas has announced that NASCAR will be making a stop in Austin for the first time in 2021. The facility is home to the Formula One United States Grand Prix, the IndyCar Classic, and the Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Americas, a round of the FIM Road Racing World Championship, as well a round of the Americas Rallycross Championship. There are several potential passing zones. Fans around Austin have been waiting for NASCAR to come to the COTA track for a while, and the announcement had many going to Twitter to share their excitement. The race comes courtesy of Speedway Motorsports which is celebrating at its 25th season next year at Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas/Fort Worth.