You might call it destiny that Austin’s Circuit of The Americas, home of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, now doubles as a showcase for some of the top musical acts in the world.
Superstar Justin Timberlake takes over the track Saturday during F1, followed by the legendary Stevie Wonder Sunday.
That’s the reputation the track has earned, with 80,000 racing and music fans at last year’s F1 USGP getting to see Taylor Swift’s only concert of the year as part of their racing ticket. The big names continue this year, with pop star Justin Timberlake and soul legend Stevie Wonder set to wow fans on the Super Stage after the racing ends Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 22, respectively. Dozens of Austin bands will also perform on stages around the grounds all weekend, starting Oct. 20, providing a Texas sound that international audiences savor. “Every F1 race has its own character,” says Sharilyn Mayhugh, managing director of entertainment at COTA. “At a place like Silverstone [home of the British Grand Prix], it’s all about the history, so here in Austin, what better way to set it apart and make it special than with amazing musical performances?” For the ultimate F1 experience, consider the Formula 1 Paddock Club, which includes everything from an open Champagne bar and gourmet dining to private pit lane tours and access to the concerts. Three-day tickets from $175, Paddock Club tickets $5,200 for three-day, $4,750 for two-day, thecircuit.com