Frosty says COTA has ‘cool vibe’

Circuit of The Americas today welcomed one of the current stars of the Australian-based V8 Supercars series, Mark “Frosty” Winterbottom, to the circuit for a tour and test drive, and the popular Aussie driver gave the soon-to-be-completed facility a ringing endorsement.

“The circuit’s topography, including the dramatic changes in elevation, will make for some really fun racing and a great show for fans,” Winterbottom said. “While I didn’t get to drive the full circuit, the sequence of turns I did sample were fantastic, and I can’t wait to come back and take a lap around the finished racecourse. Circuit of The Americas will be a welcome addition to our future V8 Supercar line-up!”

Winterbottom drove a Ford Mustang GT through the back portion of the racecourse, from Turns 5-12.

“Austin has a really cool vibe. There’s lots to see and do, and I think international visitors will find the city very sophisticated, yet laid back and welcoming,” Winterbottom noted. “It’s a great destination for motorsports enthusiasts and their families because there’s something for everyone in terms of good food, great shopping, exceptional music and entertainment, loads of parks and recreational activities, and, of course, a purpose-built Grand Prix circuit that will host some of the best auto racing in the world!”

The 2012 V8 Supercars Championship is made up of 15 championship events across Australia, New Zealand and Abu Dhabi and is the world’s leading Touring Car Championship recognized by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile. Circuit of The Americas is holding a spot for the series on its 2013 schedule.

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