NASCAR coming to Austin’s Circuit of the Americas in 2021

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Circuit of the Americas in Austin will host the NASCAR Cup Series for the first time on May 23, 2021.

“Everything is bigger in Texas, including our passion for NASCAR, and NASCAR will be even bigger and better in Texas in 2021 with the addition of this race in Austin,” said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. “Along with the races at Texas Motor Speedway, this will be a great experience for NASCAR fans in Texas, while also boosting the Texas economy.”

The event will be courtesy of Speedway Motorsports, which partnered with NASCAR and COTA to make it happen.

COTA features a 3.41-mile, 20-turn counterclockwise circuit, and a 2.2-mile, 15-turn short course. The facility says it’s the only one in America that hosts both Formula 1 and MotoGP annually.

In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, COTA Chairman Bobby Epstein said drivers and event organizers are still figuring out which track they’d like to use.

He called NASCAR “a big step” for COTA, as the track works toward its goal of becoming the biggest sports destination in the area.

Epstein said the event is still several months away, and there’s a lot of uncertainty with the COVID-19 pandemic. He hopes it will be more normal by May, and COTA will be able to accept visitors who will be able to stay in Austin’s hotels, shop at small businesses and boost the overall economy.

Announcements on race length, course selection and the full schedule will be made in the future.

For more information, visit NASCARatCOTA.com.

The Cup Series is NASCAR’s top racing series and was originally known as the “Strictly Stock,” when it began in 1949. There have been a total of 2,606 races as of 2019.

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