AUSTIN (KXAN) - Get ready for some racing fun at the Circuit of the Americas because the Formula Sun Grand Prix is powering up Monday.
It's the first day of the race, hosted by the CoTA and the University of Texas.
The Formula Sun program is a university competition to build solar-powered cars.
This is the first time the Formula Sun Grand Prix event will be hosted at an official Formula One racetrack.
In-Depth: More about Formula Sun
According to the event's website, it is an annual track race that happens on grand prix or road-style closed courses. This unique style of solar car racing is open to teams from around the world and truly tests the limits of the cars in handling curves, braking and acceleration.
On years when the American Solar Challenge is happening, FSGP serves as the qualifier race for the competition. Teams must successfully complete FSGP to prove their cars before they are allowed to start the cross-country ASC journey.
The racing strategy applied during the three-day FSGP track event is different than the cross-country ASC event. Driver training, passing strategy, and quick pit stops are crucial for teams racing in FSGP.
It's also essential to have a diligent team member in the timing booth and follow all of the rules of the track to ensure all laps get counted.
In-Depth: Formula One in Austin
The City of Austin called the first U.S. Formula One Grand Prix weekend a success.
A 67-page report broke down the event by expenses, revenues and lessons learned during last November's race weekend that put Austin on the international stage.
The report hits every yardstick from economic benefit, to lessons learned for emergency services, to the quality of bicycle routes to the track.
For example, three-day bicycle traffic to the Circuit of the Americas facility totaled 1,153 riders.
The report notes the city only had 11 months to pull the event together, including building the track and grandstand facilities, to solving logistical problems on how to get more than 100,000 people around town and to the event .
There were 2,546 helicopter trips during the event, accompanied by 144 helicopter noise complaints.
On an economic level, the report says the Grand Prix phenomenon helped Austin gain global media coverage worth $191.2 million.
Locally, area hotels took in $32 million. That's triple what they did during a University of Texas football home game the same weekend the previous year.
In-Depth: U.S. F1 Grand Prix by the numbers
- Total three-day attendance: 265,499
- Race day attendance: 117,429
- Outbound ABIA passengers, Nov. 19, 2012: 21,725 (single-day record)
- Private planes: 300
- Downtown hotel occupancy on Sat. Nov 17, 2012: 97.8%
- Total downtown and Travis County shuttle ridership: 98,363
- Three-day bicycle ridership to CoTA: 1,153
- Helicopter flights to CoTA: 2,546
More than 100 trees covered in lights now shine bright throughout Zilker Park. The Trail of Lights is open for another season.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Travis County non-profit Center for Child Protection will benefit next March from an all day fundraiser at the Circuit of the Americas that will see plenty of donors racing on the track.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.