117,429 watch Austin's first F1 race


by KVUE.com


Posted on November 18, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 18 at 5:46 PM

ELROY, Texas -- The big race has begun on the final day of the Formula 1 weekend at the Circuit of the Americas track.

Saturday was a big day for race fans and drivers as they qualified to see where they would start for the race on Sunday.

Sunday's race is one of 20. There have been 18 Formula 1 races in other parts of the world. At each race the winners acquire points and the drivers with the most at the end of all 20 races wins. The final race will be held in Brazil on Nov. 25.

On Sunday the drivers have the make 56 laps, or as many possible, in two hours.

COTA engineers say the track is the most advanced racing facility in the world, and fans and drivers are praising it. Racing legend Mario Andretti took a look at the new specs this weekend.

"The track is great, I mean it's very technical. All of the ingredients are there. I love when we have elevation changes. A lot of blind turns and that makes it a bit challenging in many ways," he said.

Andretti says speeding around the new track will bring some challenges for drivers because of the surface and it hasn't been broken in quite yet.

The drivers have been attempting to do that over the weekend. Since Friday they have been speeding around the track up to 200 miles-per-hour, hoping rubber from their tires will rub onto the track, giving their cars a better grip.

The U.S. Grand Prix race started at 1 p.m. KVUE will have team coverage at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.

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