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      09-07-2013, 05:25 PM   #1
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Drives: AW 1M
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Salt Lake City, UT

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Circuit of The Americas Sept 20-22?

I'm thinking of going to Circuit of The Americas for the ALMS and World Endurance Championship races in two weeks (September 20-22). The Audi R18 e-tron quattro will be there and the DeltaWing coupe will be making its debut, as well. And there will be lots of GT cars, of course.

All tickets are the same price - $79 ($87.94 with fees) for a 3-day pass. And it looks like the BMW CCA Tejas Chapter is hosting a BMW Car Corral ($139).

I'll probably do the BMW Car Corral, but I'm not sure if I'll get to select my seat. If I have a choice, where is the best place to watch the action? The reserved seating areas are in the Main Grandstand, at Turn 1 and at Turn 15. From the map below, it looks like Turn 15 would be the best because it should offer a pretty good view of Turns 12-15. I'd especially love to hear opinions of those who have been there. Reserved seats also have full access to the General Admission areas, so there's no point in buying a General Admission ticket.

Here are a few more questions:
  1. What are some good General Admission locations for viewing the action?
  2. Does anyone know where I might be able to find discounted tickets?
  3. Is it worth it to buy a Car Corral ticket? It seems like a pretty good deal. For $60 more than a regular ticket, you get parking included that is presumably safer than general parking (which costs $45). The other intangible benefits, like being able to meet and spend time with other BMW enthusiasts, should more than cover the remaining $15 difference.The Tejas Chapter site also mentions "a select number of 'hot laps' on the circuit itself for purchasers of the package." I'm not sure what exactly that means, but even at low speed, it would be cool to lap the track.