More than 113,000 Sunday, 250,000 for weekend, in year 2 at COTA

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Circuit of the Americas has, for the second year running, produced a three-day weekend crowd of north of 250,000 spectators for the United States Grand Prix.

Official attendance numbers from the track were released today, with a mark of 113,162 fans in attendance on Sunday to bring the weekend total to 250,324. Friday featured 58,276 fans and Saturday had 78,886 on site.

It’s a slight reduction from last year’s numbers, which were 265,499 overall and 117,429 on Sunday. Some aerial shots showed a handful of grandstands – the one leading onto the backstraight one of them – not filled up.

But what likely occurred was a rise in single-day general admission tickets, which were available this year for the first time. Last year, all attendees needed to buy a three-day weekend pass and this year, single-day tickets could be purchased.

The second year is a crucial year for a racing event, and to see the numbers on par with the inaugural year is a very positive sign for the future of the USGP at COTA.

The U.S. fans now have had their chance to see Sebastian Vettel win in person, as he did Sunday with yet another crushing performance.