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Old 03-16-2016, 03:27 PM   #71
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leaving tomorrow for Sebring, Florida for the 12 hours of Sebring. We park at turn 13. We back the MH up to the fence. We have 2 spots so we have 20 ft of fence.
Speaking of losing ticket sales. I heard yesterday the US Grand Prix will be back this year in Austin at the Circuit of the Americas. They have lowered Gen Admission ticket prices, food prices and parking prices. (It is about time!!). We went the first year of the race: $1400.00 for tickets, $17.00 for a hamburger (just the burger! Fries were $8.00 extra) $6.00 for a bottle water...... it was pathetic! No, we didn't go back the second year! Now the race coordinators are scrambling trying to sell tickets. That is what happens when you bite the hand that feeds you!!
Rick and Karen,
I'd like to go to COTA for the F1 race. (We go to the Montreal Grand Prix every year for about $400 per ticket. We have the best viewing spot with Turns 1, 2, entry from pits to track. But, we stay with a relative in Montreal.)

I'd love to know more about camping at the track at COTA for the F1 race. I sent an email to inquire about the motorhome park and they never responded. It is it hard to get in there and what is the cost? There is also camping in the car park. What does that cost?

I can always get info from COTA, but it could come with a big bias, so info from a user of the setup would be great. So, thanks, in advance, if you can help.

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Old 03-17-2016, 10:31 AM   #72
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Heading to Martinsville in a few weeks for the NASCAR race! No infield there but some great camping places within a few minute walk.

We do the infield at Charlotte every year and love it. Just left Daytona a few weeks ago too. Were there for the 500.




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Old 03-29-2016, 01:05 PM   #73
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Rick and Karen,
I'd like to go to COTA for the F1 race. (We go to the Montreal Grand Prix every year for about $400 per ticket. We have the best viewing spot with Turns 1, 2, entry from pits to track. But, we stay with a relative in Montreal.)

I'd love to know more about camping at the track at COTA for the F1 race. I sent an email to inquire about the motorhome park and they never responded. It is it hard to get in there and what is the cost? There is also camping in the car park. What does that cost?

I can always get info from COTA, but it could come with a big bias, so info from a user of the setup would be great. So, thanks, in advance, if you can help.

–Gordon
The US Grand Prix 2016 general ticket sales don't start until April, but today (March 29), they opened the premium booking system, which is how you book the camping. I had earlier correspondence with Travis Pichena at Circuit of the Americas, so I called him directly to set up my camping permit and tickets for the race. He is very helpful and prompt. Here is his contact info:

Travis Picchena
Premium Sales Consultant
Circuit of the Americas
9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.
Del Valle, TX 78617
(512) 655-6461 – Office
(512) 536-1480 – Fax
Travis.picchena@circuitoftheamericas.com

We booked a dry camping site for 3 days for $400 (actually arriving on Thursday and leaving on Monday, so it is 4 days). I think it is in Parking Lot N. There is also full service RV parking along the back straight for $8000, which includes race tickets.

They have water and sewage removal during the weekend for a fee.

We got tickets in Grandstand 12 row 30 at the end closest to the apex of Turn 12 for $410 per ticket. Lower rows go for $310. This is $100 less than last year.

Tickets in Grandstand 15 go from $550 to $700, but I'm not sure the sight lines are better, and they aren't cheaper than last year. The seats are more comfortable with armrests. But, we can bring cushions for the bleacher seats in Grandstand 12 and they work the same as the ones we sit in for the Montreal Grand Prix.

It would be fun to see some more Berks there.

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There is only one race F1. All others are amateurs. Anybody can go straight or on an oval. And yes I am an elitist!


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I have to agree, F1 is awesome! But I also enjoy the WEC (World Endurance Championship). Rally racing is filled with skillful driving, but really nerve-wracking to watch!! And of course, the craziest racers of all....the MotoGP!!
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The US Grand Prix 2016 general ticket sales don't start until April, but today (March 29), they opened the premium booking system, which is how you book the camping. I had earlier correspondence with Travis Pichena at Circuit of the Americas, so I called him directly to set up my camping permit and tickets for the race. He is very helpful and prompt. Here is his contact info:

Travis Picchena
Premium Sales Consultant
Circuit of the Americas
9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.
Del Valle, TX 78617
(512) 655-6461 – Office
(512) 536-1480 – Fax
Travis.picchena@circuitoftheamericas.com

We booked a dry camping site for 3 days for $400 (actually arriving on Thursday and leaving on Monday, so it is 4 days). I think it is in Parking Lot N. There is also full service RV parking along the back straight for $8000, which includes race tickets.

They have water and sewage removal during the weekend for a fee.

We got tickets in Grandstand 12 row 30 at the end closest to the apex of Turn 12 for $410 per ticket. Lower rows go for $310. This is $100 less than last year.

Tickets in Grandstand 15 go from $550 to $700, but I'm not sure the sight lines are better, and they aren't cheaper than last year. The seats are more comfortable with armrests. But, we can bring cushions for the bleacher seats in Grandstand 12 and they work the same as the ones we sit in for the Montreal Grand Prix.

It would be fun to see some more Berks there.

–Gordon
Wow! Thanks for the info Gordon. Last time we tried to find out about RV spots at COTA they never returned our call either. Then once they did they had some crazy we "only sell pkg of 4 races" policy. (another beginners mistake of biting the hand that feeds them).
Hopefully their new pricing strategy helps regain the fans they lost the first year due to greed!
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Old 03-29-2016, 07:20 PM   #76
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Gordon,
I just looked at our ticket from the 2012 US Grand Prix. Our seats were in Grandstand 12 section 14 row 9 seats 25 & 26. The view was pretty good. It is far enough off the straight and into the turn that the engine noise isn't too bad. And the Jumbo-Tron screen was right across from us so we could see the entire race.
The RV parking along the back straight did include 10 General Admission tickets but $8000.00 is still pretty high! For that kind of money Bernie Ecclestone better be bringing dinner to me at my RV!!!
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