United States Grand Prix tickets now on sale

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Three-day passes for the 2014 Formula One United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas are now on sale.

Single-day passes for the Oct. 31-Nov. 2 event will go on sale later this summer.

Prices for the three-day passes start at $169 and include tickets for Friday’s practice sessions, Saturday’s practice and qualifying sessions, and Sunday’s Grand Prix main event.

They can be purchased online at CircuitOfTheAmericas.com and Ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 800-745-3000.

Here’s how the three-day pass prices breakdown:

  • General Admission – $169
  • Reserved Grandstand Bleachers (Turns 3, 4, 5, 9, and 11) – $299
  • Reserved Grandstand Bleachers (Turn 12) – $499
  • Reserved Premium Seats (Main Grandstand Lower, East, and West, Turns 1 and 15) – $550 to $675
  • Reserved Premium Seats (Main Grandstand Mezzanine or Club Level) – $1,000 to $1,200

COTA also has a hotel booking site available for fans that want to make their travel plans early at CircuitOfTheAmericas.com/BookARoom.

“We look forward to welcoming Formula 1 fans from around the world back to Austin, Texas, for another incredible weekend of world-class racing and entertainment served up Texas-style,” said COTA president/CEO Jason Dial in a statement. “Just two races into the new season, and we’re already seeing the significant impact the new car designs and engines are having on the competition.

“You really can’t take anything for granted this season. That means the F1 USGP will be another must-attend race for diehard fans, eager to see how the new cars take to our demanding track in Austin.”

In addition to the on-track action, fans will be surrounded by myriad entertainment opportunities – both on the COTA grounds (autograph sessions, enhanced fan hospitality, and a post-race track invasion and concert at the nearby Austin360 Amphitheater) and in downtown Austin, with the sprawling Austin Fan Fest street party.

“The Formula 1 United States Grand Prix is one of the biggest sports parties of the year, and we’re eager to show our members and guests another fantastic time this fall,” Dial added.

SMP Racing unveils BR1 LMP1 car in Bahrain ahead of WEC entry

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SMP Racing has publicly unveiled its new BR1 LMP1 car that will enter the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2018.

SMP Racing opted to pull out of racing full-time in the WEC for 2017 in order to focus on its preparations for an LMP1 entry the following year, with the decision being taken long in advance of Porsche’s exit announcement.

Officials from the Russian-backed SMP Racing, as well as drivers including recent IndyCar racer Mikhail Aleshin (sporting a broken arm in a sling), Vitaly Petrov and Sergey Sirotkin were all on hand to unveil the car on Friday in the Bahrain International Circuit paddock ahead of this weekend’s WEC finale.

The BR Engineering BR1 features a Dallara chassis and an AER engine, and has completed over 2,000 km in private testing, with further running set to be completed in the coming weeks.

SMP Racing plans to field two cars in the WEC’s LMP1 class next year, and is keen to get as many Russian drivers as possible in the seats from its wide pool of talent.

Even with Porsche’s departure from LMP1, the class is set to feature a bigger field thanks to the increased number of privateers moving up, with Toyota set to remain the sole manufacturer in the class.