COTA hosts second major event, Grand-Am



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Posted on March 1, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 17 at 12:24 AM

ELROY, Texas -- Circuit of the Americas is hosting it's second major racing event Friday and Saturday, the GRAND-Am of the Americas.

Fans are finding this sports car series more accessible than Formula One, which was held back in December. They can interact with the cars and the drivers.

You might know driver Scott Pruitt from his NASCAR and Indy days. Pruitt is here in Austin hoping to take a fourth consecutive Grand-Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype Championship.

Daytona Prototypes are built for racing and hit speeds in excess of 190 mph. Pruitt says it's more fun to drive than a stock car.

"They are a lot more predictable, they're kinda what you would consider somewhere in between a Formula One car and NASCAR," he said.

Pruitt's team was in the lead arriving at Circuit of the Americas following the 24-hour race at Daytona.
But Austin is only the second race of the series this season.

"Austin is spectacular. This is truly the best race track in the U.S.," Pruitt said.

Another known NASCAR driver here this weekend is Boris Said.

"In NASCAR, they are 3500 pounds, these are about 3,000 pounds. They're a lot lighter than NASCAR and they feel more nimble," Said told KVUE.

Said races a Corvette for Wheeling Engineering.

"I guess my favorite feature is I like the way it looks. It's a cool looking car," Said said about his car.

This Grand-Am series brings a variety of race cars. You'll see Daytona Prototypes like Pruitt's racing at the same time as grand touring cars like Said's.

"For the fans, they're going to see passing and action in every lap. Absolutely every lap," Pruitt said.

There is also the Continental Tire Challenge, featuring cars you'd see in showrooms such as Mustangs, Audis, Ferraris and Porsches. Plus there's a Pro Mazda race.

Tickets cost $59 for the two days, plus $20 for parking. Children under 12 free. Click here for more information.