Lone Star Le Mans returns to COTA

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The carbon-fiber hard-top stows easily in the luggage compartment

The carbon-fiber hard-top stows easily in the luggage compartment

Lone Star Le Mans, Circuit of The Americas’ Texas twist on the world’s greatest endurance race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, returns to Austin on September 17-19. The three-day event culminates in a Saturday of almost nine hours of racing and entertainment, including the only night race finishing under the stars and topped off with a dazzling fireworks show.

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Famed racer Jim Hall, a native Texan and renowned Sportscar and Formula One racer, will be the Grand Marshal of the Lone Star Le Mans. Hall built and created the concept of Chaparral racecars, one of the most innovative car designs of the 1960s, and the car will be on display at the track for race-enthusiasts to enjoy. Fans will have the opportunity to speak with the racing legend during his question and answer and autograph session. There will also be various manufacturer displays of the latest and greatest models from Audi, Porsche, Chevrolet and Mazda.

“Lone Star Le Mans delivers an unparalleled experience of sports car racing and entertainment and has quickly become a signature event in Central Texas,” said Jason Dial, president and chief executive officer, Circuit of The Americas. “This year features racing legend Jim Hall as our Grand Marshal and famous drivers like Hollywood star Patrick Dempsey and former F1 driver, Mark Webber. The incredible access for fans of all ages to get up close to the cars and their drivers along with the live music, fireworks and Ferris wheel make for a great family outing.”

All weekend long, fans and families will find exciting entertainment and music at the award-winning Grand Prix circuit, along with interactive car displays and an open paddock where fans can get up close to the drivers and their cars.

Beyond the races and live music, a Texas-sized experience and wide variety of family-friendly activities, games, and attractions will also be accessible throughout the facility. On Saturday, September 19, fans will have the opportunity to enjoy a special performance from KOOZA by Cirque du Soleil on the front straight. Two talented vocalists from the live production of KOOZA will deliver the National Anthem as part of race entertainment. KOOZA by Cirque du Soleil performs at Circuit of The Americas under its signature blue and yellow big top from September 2 through October 8.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be filled with racing from two premier sports car series: the North American-based Tudor United SportsCar Championship and the global FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), along with the Porsche GT3 Cup, Lamborghini Super Trofeo and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. Circuit of The Americas’ 3.4-mile racetrack will be humming on both days with cars from top manufacturers such as Audi, Toyota, Porsche, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Chevrolet and more. Fans will enjoy unprecedented, open access to majestic, high-tech racing machines and the skilled competitors who pilot them, including famous drivers like Patrick Dempsey and Webber, a former Formula 1 driver. Additionally, an open paddock, pit lane walks and autograph sessions will give fans unbelievable access to these incredible race machines and the men and women who drive them.

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