COTA announces three-day number of 237,406, including 107,000+ on USGP race day

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AUSTIN – Circuit of the Americas has revealed one of the highest attendance numbers for a Formula One weekend this season on Sunday, with a three-day total of 237,406 announced post-race.

That number is not broken up by days as it was last year, but the Sunday total was released of 107,778. That number includes all those in the trackside suites, grandstands and general admission areas.

It compares favorably – if a bit down – with last year’s Sunday total of 113,162. Last year’s three-day total was 250,324.

It’s also very positive to hear given that NASCAR raced in the same state on the same day, racing roughly 200+ miles and three-plus hours to the north in Dallas/Fort Worth at Texas Motor Speedway.

Circuit guests were also treated to interactive games, events and entertainment throughout the venue, including themed bars, more than 60 of Austin’s world-famous food trucks and live music from artists Live and Kid Rock.

“We are delighted to share the exhilaration of Formula One with our guests from around the world,” circuit president/CEO Jason Dial said in the release. “In its third year, the U.S. Grand Prix continues to be a global destination for outstanding racing and a Texas-size festival in one of the best cities in the world. A big thank you to our fans for their continued support.”

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.