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.

Helio Castroneves ‘hustling’ for IndyCar, IMSA rides; talking with four to five teams

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As his season gathers steam, Helio Castroneves said his prospects for finding new rides for 2021 in IMSA and IndyCar also are gaining momentum.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Monday he is optimistic about landing in either or perhaps a combination of both series when Team Penske and Acura end their DPi partnership after this season.

“A lot of people I spoke with, four to five teams, are interested,” Castroneves said. “Whether it’s doing Indy 500 only, whether it’s pushing to do full time or do the sports cars as well. It’s been a very nice conversation.

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“I have a lot of respect for all the teams that have been talking, and I feel the same feedback. We just have to wait for their (sponsor) connections, and I’m also looking for some connections on my side as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to put this together and get something very soon.”

Given two decades of success with Penske in IndyCar and IMSA, Castroneves’ resume hardly needs burnishing. But the Brazilian has combined with co-driver Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi to win the past two overall victories at Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

But Castroneves, who doesn’t have a manager, said he has been working the phones hard rather than wait for the strong results to bring in the calls.

“At this point, I feel like I’m the one who needs to be talking to them because people need to know I want to continue racing and understand my desire,” Castroneves, 45, said. “There is opportunity, no question, in both (IndyCar and IMSA), which I’m really happy about it. However, because of the COVID-19, a lot of things sometimes have to be a little delayed. But I’m excited. Whatever the opportunity and whatever destiny guides me, whether IndyCar or sports cars, trust me I’ll be as happy as it could be and doing my 100 percent like I always did.

“It’s like politics, you need to be out there, good news or bad news. People have to make notice of your presence. I’m hustling. I want to continue to keep it going. Hopefully, we’ll have good news very soon.”

The news has been all good lately on track for Castroneves and Taylor, who hope to continue their run Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The No. 6 duo has surged to sixth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, 10 points out of the lead with four races remaining. After thinking there was “no hope” to be competitive after opening the season with three consecutive poor finishes, Taylor now sees an opportunity for a happy ending.

“With the program going away, Helio has won all the big races and given so much back to the team and left such a mark, he’s really part of Penske history,” Taylor said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of it. I’d like to leave my little mark as well. Helio has won everything except for a championship.

“Obviously, we’ve won races already together, but we can win a championship now. I think if both of us can do that together and both win our first championship for ‘The Captain,’ that would be an absolute dream come true, and we can tie a bow on it and be happy.”