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Old 10-11-2012, 04:55 PM   #256
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Circuit of The Americas™ hosts Oct. 21 First Lap Ceremony for new racing circuit
Circuit Ambassador Mario Andretti to be first to drive the full track in a Lotus Formula 1™ car

AUSTIN, Texas (Oct. 11, 2012) – Circuit of The Americas will host a “first lap ceremony” on Sunday, Oct. 21, to celebrate the completion of the 3.4-mile Grade 1 race course and to mark another important milestone in the ongoing countdown to the 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™, set for Nov. 16-18 at the new sports and entertainment destination in Central Texas. The invitation-only event will be sponsored by Pirelli, the official tire supplier for the Formula One World Championship™ and an Inaugural Partner of Circuit of The Americas, and will feature the Lotus Formula 1 team.

Circuit of The Americas Ambassador and 1978 Formula One World Champion driver Mario Andretti will take the first full lap around the newly paved racetrack in a Lotus R30 Formula 1 car. Additionally, Lotus test driver Jerome D’Ambrosio and television celebrity Patrick Dempsey, who in his spare time competes in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series GT class racing series, will take “hot laps” around the circuit in the Lotus car.

The afternoon will showcase a variety of racing vehicles; many of the types of cars displayed both on and off the track will compete at Circuit of The Americas during its 2013 season. There will also be a special display and on-track demonstration by 25 vintage race cars featuring Pirelli P Zero tires. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Pirelli P Zero product line, which is frequently used in premium motorsports, including Formula 1 racing, and by the owners of high-performance sports cars.

WHAT: Circuit of The Americas’ “First Lap Ceremony”
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 21, 1-5 p.m. CDT
WHERE: Circuit of The Americas’ Pit Lane Area

PLEASE NOTE: This is event is invitation-only and not open to the public. Guests should arrive at Circuit of The Americas no later than 12:30 p.m. via the construction entrance near the Piland Triangle on FM 812 and park in the large parking lot behind the Main Grandstand to catch shuttles to the Pit Lane Area. The dress code is casual. All guests must wear closed-toe footwear and long pants.

MEDIA ACCESS: Journalists interested in attending the First Lap Ceremony for newsgathering purposes should RSVP no later than Wednesday, Oct. 17. Media vehicles will not be able to access the Pit Lane area of Circuit of The Americas but can be staged in the designated parking lot behind the Main Grandstand.

High-resolution images and high-definition video clips of Circuit of The Americas’ First Lap Ceremony will be available at at the conclusion of the event.

Circuit of The Americas will not be open for media access prior to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21.

About Circuit of The Americas

Circuit of The Americas will be a world-class destination for performance, education and business. It is the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States designed for any and all classes of racing, from motor power to human power, and is home to the 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ set for Nov. 16-18. Racing series joining the Circuit’s 2013 line-up include MotoGP™, V8 Supercars™ and GRAND-AM Road Racing™.

The Circuit of The Americas’ master plan features a variety of permanent structures designed for business, education, entertainment and race use. Its signature element will be a 3.4-mile circuit track. Other support buildings will include an expansive outdoor live music space, an iconic 251-foot tower with observation deck, a conference center, a banquet hall as well as a state-of-the-art medical facility. Future proposed amenities include a driving/riding experience, a motorsports driving club, kart track, grand plaza event center and tower, and a trackside recreational vehicle park. For more information and downloadable video, audio and photos, visit:

About Pirelli

Founded in 1872, Pirelli is the fifth largest tire manufacturer in the world in terms of sales. Present in over 160 countries, Pirelli has 22 manufacturing sites and employs approximately 36,000 people around the world. Pirelli is a leading producer of premium tires due to its commitment to R&D. Successfully competing in motorsport since 1907, Pirelli is the exclusive supplier of the Superbike world championship, many single marque championships around the world, and above all it is the sole supplier for the Formula 1 championship for the three-year period 2011-13.

Pirelli Tire North America (PTNA) services NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) member countries through its Modular Integrated Robotized System (MIRS) facility and research and development center at its Rome, Georgia headquarters, its state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Silao, Mexico, and its New York City, Montreal and Mexico City sales and marketing offices. The company manufactures, distributes and markets original equipment and replacement tires for export and domestic car/motorcycle applications (US, CA, MX) and Agro/Heavy Truck platforms (MX).
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