AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin Grand Prix launches a website to keep locals and visitors on track about the upcoming events leading to the first big Formula One race in November.
The race takes place during the weekend of Nov. 16 to Nov. 18 at the new Circuit of The Americas track being built east of Austin.
With an expected 300,000 visitors coming to the city for race weekend, including many from around the world, locals and businesses can find links which can prepare them for the races.
The website has a link to keep fans updated about all the events and volunteer work that people can take advantage of.
It also keeps the people of Austin informed about the various road closures that will take place during the first race weekend in November.
The Austin residents' portal will keep locals informed on the economic impact that this race will have on the city during this event. This section will also keep locals up to date on where they can park their cars and ride a shuttle to the track to avoid limited parking space or traffic jams.
The page features a visitors' portal, as well. This link will keep the visitors of the country and internationally informed on the best way to set up for this event.
The visitor portal features sections on:
- Learning about Austin
- How to be a green visitor
- Learning about the circuit of Americas track
- Currency exchange
- Local smoking and drinking laws
- Planning your stay and getting around the city
This will help all visitors refresh their memory on the best ways to organize their visits in Austin and avoid predicted, heavy trafficked areas.
The website is also friendly to local businesses in the area. It gives tips on how to grow a business and prepare for the many people who will be in the city during the race weekend.
Included in the website is a summary of events that will happen on each day of Nov. 16 to Nov. 18.
The website shares a link of the most efficient ways of getting around the city and how to plan it out during that weekend.
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