AUSTIN (KXAN) - Hundreds of vintage cars are hitting the track at Circuit of the Americas this weekend.
The inaugural U.S. Vintage National Championship features more than 500 historical race cars from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.
Qualifying sessions kicked off Friday morning and continue into Saturday. Racing is set for Saturday and Sunday. Organizers said this racing event provides a unique opportunity for fans. Day passes for the event start at $25. Kids 12 and under are free.
"I think people will be surprised how welcoming the drivers are to show off their cars," Tony Parella, president and CEO of Sportscar Vintage Racing Association, said. "It lays a foundation for kids to come in that are tomorrow's race fans or race drivers."
Parella said Austin is a great city to host the National Championship for a number of reasons.
"Austin is itself a great city - a destination to come to," Parella said. "But you combine the weather, the Circuit of The Americas, that it's centrally located in the U.S, the newness of COTA as a circuit - all those elements combined made the decision. It was a no-brainer, as they say, so we'll be here the next five years."
Many consider COTA one of the world's finest race tracks. Drivers participating in this weekend's race said the venue has a major impact on the U.S. racing industry.
"Being a lifelong Texan, I'm still amazed that they were able to get this track built," vintage racer Scott Brady said. "F1 is an international sport that hasn't been fully embraced in the United States. I think it's becoming embraced here with the advent of COTA and some of the other tracks."
Federal, state and local authorities on Wednesday arrested 15 people and seized 70 firearms in raid on a methamphetamine operation based in Burnet County.
Former Georgetown Police Officer Stephanie Brown said her ex-boyfriend, former Round Rock Officer Eric Poteet, made up accusations against her after she broke up with him.
A former paramedic in the tiny Texas town where a fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people was sentenced to 21 months in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty in a pipe bomb case that isn't linked to the blast.
FEMA teams returned to Southeast Austin to assess damage to public property like roads, bridges, and parks.
TxTAG’s customer call center lines are jammed as toll road violators scramble to pay up and avoid staying on a published scofflaw list.
A 13-year-old girl who told police she had been kidnapped from her school and assaulted on Monday, admitted to police she made the story up.