By the Numbers: NASCAR at Circuit of The Americas
Circuit of The Americas remains a world-class motorsports facility, but the challenging road course required several enhancements to accommodate NASCAR’s three national series for the May 21-23 tripleheader weekend in Austin, Texas. The information below includes many of those NASCAR enhancements along with several interesting numbers about the sprawling motorsports and entertainment venue.
13,000 – Tires used to create 2,800 tire safety packs around the circuit.
5,000 – Gallons of paint used throughout the layout, including the signature stars and stripes. That’s enough paint to cover approximately 35 football fields.
1,000 – Measurement of the total acreage of the COTA property.
900 – More than 900 camping sites occupied by guests this weekend for the NASCAR races, the most in history for an event at COTA.
340 – Turtles, also known as ‘rumble strips’ or speed bumps, were added to Turns 4, 5 and 6. The Turtles were provided by Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL.
133 – Change in elevation measured in feet from the start/finish line to the top of Turn 1.
112 – Extension in linear feet of pit road to accommodate NASCAR.
52 – Measurement in feet of the maximum area of racing surface for the COTA road course.
40 – Cameras added to rooftops to shoot pit stalls for NASCAR officiating.
23 – Timing/scoring loops added throughout the layout.
20 – Total number of turns in the COTA road course layout.
18 – Caution lights added.
11 – Number of left-hand turns on the COTA road course.
10 – Difference in inches between pit road wall width, from eight to 18, for the NASCAR event.
9 – Number of right-hand turns on the COTA road course.
3.41 – Miles for a single lap around the COTA road course.