Originally Posted by Koop
Advise AGAINST staying in San Antonio and driving up. You'll be hating life. Traffic on 35 is already pretty terrible on a good day. On race weekend I predict it will be a nightmare and much longer than a 1.5 hr drive.
Yeah, if you take 35. 281 intersects 290 and runs parallel to 35. A little longer, but not as much traffic, and much more scenic.
Traffic out of SA (and on 35) is only bad coming/in out of SA @ N 1604. Outside of that, it's quite tolerable. As with any major event, plan to leave a little early so that you don't miss much. Getting gouged on a hotel room or leaving a little earlier? Hmmmmmmmmmm....