Emerson Fittipaldi to be in attendance at Austin for fan event

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Two-time Formula One World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi will make an appearance at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas next week as part of a COTA fan experience.

The “Lunch with a Legend” event occurs on Friday at 11 a.m. More details are available here.

“I’m very happy to be invited to be there, to be with the racing fans at the Legends Club,” Fittipaldi said. “Mario will be there too. For the people – it’s a great opportunity to go back to Austin, and it’s very special to be able to do this.”

This year’s U.S. Grand Prix at Austin is the third go-‘round at the event. For Fittipaldi, who raced at prior U.S. stops in Watkins Glen and Long Beach, he said it’s key to have a permanent facility after the stop-start nature at other circuits.

“We were missing a proper destination for Formula One,” he said. “Watkins Glen was good in the ‘60s and ‘70s, then Long Beach, but we never had either a permanent track or facilities, to stay. This new destination for Formula One, is a great destination.

“This race is helping put Austin on the map.”

More info on Austin fan events can be found here.

Circuit of The Americas Experiences is the program that enables fans to experience the event in a special way including meeting Emerson and Esteban. The program is still available for this year but also for the 2015 race. The relevant websites are www.COTAexperiences.com and www.Quintevents.com.