NASCAR speeds back to Austin with 3 days of racing and sideshows

Buckle up, Austin. NASCAR, the fastest American show on four wheels, will return to the Circuit of the Americas March 25-27 for a three-day extravaganza that promises to get your engine running.

Following NASCAR’s inaugural weekend last May at COTA, the stock car racing organization is headed full speed ahead to Austin, with this year’s triple power-driven racing title, featuring all three racing divisions, which is joined by an entertainment sideshow off the track. festivities intended to provide fans with even more exciting experiences.

We’ve got the full rundown of exciting events below. But first, let’s talk speed.

While this year’s NASCAR event at the Circuit of the Americas is sure to be less complicated than last year’s Cup Series race (which was red-flagged for rain with 14 laps to go, giving it the win over lead driver Chase Elliott in the No. 9 car), isn’t the only difference fans can expect.

For the 2022 season, NASCAR has released its Next Gen car package for the top-tier Cup Series, intended to level the playing field and make racing more democratic. Although the race teams are still working out some kinks, the NASCAR Cup Series drivers are taking it all in their stride.

“The car looks really impressive,” Ty Dillon, driver of the No. 42 Petty GMS Motorsports car, tells CultureMap. “Overall, with the new car, I’ve really enjoyed it. I think it’s been a great racing product. I think the fans agree too.”

The 20-turn, 3.41-mile COTA track also presents its own challenges, and as the venue for the first race of the season on a road course, it’s sure to confuse some race teams as they navigate a track that has only ever been a part of the NASCAR circuit. for a year, and with a new car. But that doesn’t stop these speed demon drivers from buzzing with anticipation to return to Austin’s world-class race track.

“I am very excited to go to this race. I’ve been preparing for this for a couple of weeks,” says Dillon, who comes from a legendary family that considers itself NASCAR royalty. “Last year, going to the race track, I was blown away by how amazing and beautiful the facility was. … To me, it’s one of the best places you can go and experience a race track. … Absolutely road courses are my favourites.”

For Dillon, who just joined the revered Petty GMS Motorsports team this season, there is much to prove and live up to, but he remains unscathed and excited about the opportunity to exceed expectations at COTA.

“Driving the No. 42… there’s a lot of history there,” Dillon tells CultureMap. “Petty GMS is going in the right direction. … Our group leaders will give us the right cars and everything we need to be successful. It’s just a matter of us putting it on the track.”

To view the full schedule of events during NASCAR’s upcoming triple-header weekend at the Circuit of the Americas, which will include the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and Cup Series mainline races NASCAR, visit the COTA website.

In addition to the overall exciting experience at COTA during NASCAR weekend, there are tons of new festivities of fun and entertainment to get fans excited.

As the folks at COTA put it: “While NASCAR drivers will continue to be the unrivaled track masters of the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix triple-header weekend at Circuit of the Americas… fans should prepare for a invasion of entertainment acts that will provide a circus atmosphere. to the parties.”

Here is the rundown of the off-track experiences racing at COTA during NASCAR weekend:

Great American High Diving Show
Grand Plaza Stadium
March 26, 10:05 and 11:20
March 27, 11:05, 12:45, 14:00
Featuring a team of Olympic-caliber national and world champion divers, this act includes the dramatic human torch dive, thrilling dives from an 80-foot platform, an All-American sideshow and a hilarious costumed clown dive act.

The Valencia Rocketeer
reflection pond
March 26, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
March 27, 10:30, 12:00, 14:00
This human cannonball will launch from a giant cannon at over 55 mph, reach heights of over 65 feet, and travel into a safety net about 165 feet away.

Swifty Pig Hog Racing
Grand Plaza Stadium
March 26, 9:15 and 10:55
March 27, 10:15 am, 11:55 am, 1:10 pm
The Porker Thoroughbreds will race at 15 mph around a 150-foot oval track. Bonus Pig: Swifty, the world record-chasing swimming pig, will make a conspicuous appearance.

dog stars
Grand Plaza Stadium
March 26, 9:40, 11:45, 14:45
March 27, 10:40 and 12:20
highlighted in america’s got talent Last season, Canine Stars features a team of world-class dog trainers and their adopted dogs from the US, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, and South Korea who showcase their athletic ability and extreme discipline.

circus picnic
Grand Plaza Stadium and Main Grandstands
March 26, 9am-noon
March 27, 10am-2pm
The COTA grounds give way to a festive circus atmosphere with various entertainers, including fire breathers and stilt walkers.

Robert Castillo BMX Freestyle Team
Outside turn 19
March 26, 9:30, 11, 14:30
March 27, 10:15, noon, 1:30 p.m.
Nationally recognized extreme action sports athletes will perform a variety of exciting BMX stunts.

Poster Color
turn 12
March 26, 8am-noon
March 27, 10am-1:30pm at Turn 12 and in the pit lane
Graffiti artists APSE and Iva will bring their bold and creative style to the race track with their special artistic talents.

Full Steel Combat
Grand Plaza Stadium
March 26, 10:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.
March 27, 11:30 a.m. and 1:35 p.m.
Take a step back in time as steel-clad medieval soldiers take part in a tournament that features individual duels with axes, swords, shields and maces, team battles and great melee combat where everyone plays on their own.

axes to hit
Turn 12 and the Amphitheater
March 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Curve 12 and from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Amphitheater
March 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Turn 12
This is an interactive screen that will allow fans to throw axes at targets. A master axe striker will be on hand to help fans with proper technique.

Texas Mobile Escape Room
turn 12
March 26, 9am-noon
March 27, 10am-2pm
This interactive experience requires players to use teamwork and communication skills to find clues and solve complex puzzles within a state-of-the-art, climate-controlled adventure trailer.

After Party at The Amp
the amphitheater
March 26, 18:30
Following the conclusion of the on-track action on Saturday, the venue will host an after party at The Amp featuring tribute rock band Hairball. The event will kick off with a question and answer session with NASCAR Cup Series drivers and a special guest, NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin. Hairball will take the stage at 7:30 pm for a two-hour concert.

front stretch stage
March 27, 12:45 p.m.
Midland, the Grammy Award-nominated band from Dripping Springs, will perform an hour-long concert before the start of the NASCAR EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix Cup Series race.

Tickets for NASCAR’s three-day show at COTA are available here.