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EchoPark Automotive Texas Grand Prix By The Numbers

by Mike Haag | Posted on Friday, May 21st, 2021

Photo by Mike Haag/Raceday San Antonio


Courtesy of Speedway Motorsports Communications Department

AUSTIN, Texas – Circuit of The Americas remains a world-class motorsports facility, but the challenging road course required several enhancements to accommodate NASCAR’s three national series for the May 21-23 tripleheader weekend in Austin, Texas. The information below includes many of those NASCAR enhancements along with several interesting numbers about the sprawling motorsports and entertainment venue.

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13,000 – Tires used to create 2,800 tire safety packs around the circuit.

5,000 – Gallons of paint used throughout the layout, including the signature stars and stripes. That’s enough paint to cover approximately 35 football fields.

1,000 – Measurement of the total acreage of the COTA property.

900 – More than 900 camping sites occupied by guests this weekend for the NASCAR races, the most in history for an event at COTA.

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340 – Turtles, also known as ‘rumble strips’ or speed bumps, were added to Turns 4, 5 and 6. The Turtles were provided by Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL.

133 – Change in elevation measured in feet from the start/finish line to the top of Turn 1.

112 – Extension in linear feet of pit road to accommodate NASCAR.

52 – Measurement in feet of the maximum area of racing surface for the COTA road course.

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40 – Cameras added to rooftops to shoot pit stalls for NASCAR officiating.

23 – Timing/scoring loops added throughout the layout.

20 – Total number of turns in the COTA road course layout.

18 – Caution lights added.

11 – Number of left-hand turns on the COTA road course.

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10 – Difference in inches between pit road wall width, from eight to 18, for the NASCAR event.

9 – Number of right-hand turns on the COTA road course.

3.41 – Miles for a single lap around the COTA road course.

About the Author

Mike Haag has covered motorsports in San Antonio and South Texas for more than 34 years. In addition to covering motorsports for the San Antonio Express-News for nearly 28 years, Mike also has co-hosted TrackSmack with Dawn Murphy for 17 race seasons. In addition to being a writer, Mike taught high school English and Journalism for 30 years before retiring in May, 2020.