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Austin gets green light... and Taylor Swift

NEWS STORY
09/03/2016

COTA officials today confirmed the return of the United States Grand Prix to Austin.

Additionally, the award-winning circuit announced a special concert to celebrate the 5th anniversary of F1's appearance on Texas soil: 10-time Grammy winner, singer, musician, and songwriter Taylor Swift will perform on COTA's Super Stage on Saturday, October 22nd after qualifying session.

Following Lewis Hamilton's championship-clinching win at last year's wet and windy race, widely considered to one of the best of the season, COTA is delighted to welcome F1 back to Austin for the fifth year running. Furthermore, with the addition of Haas - the first American-led F1 outfit since 1986 - to the grid, this year's race will take on extra significance for fans of F1 in the United States.

Taylor Swift's performance is sure to be another highlight of what already promises to be the most popular race weekends of the season. The youngster joins an esteemed group of A-list luminaries to have performed at an F1 Grand Prix race weekend, including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Elton John, Jay Z, and Pharrell Williams.

"We are so happy to confirm F1's return to COTA as well as Taylor Swift's headline performance," said Bobby Epstein, Chairman and CEO of Circuit of The Americas. "We can't think of a better way to mark this important 5-year milestone for F1 in Austin.

"Since we first hosted this event in 2012, we have gained a lot of knowledge and insight that has allowed us to make significant annual improvements to the event that we are confident will continue to establish the United States Grand Prix as the standout race weekend on F1's calendar.

"By combining the excitement of Formula 1, the fun of the festival, and a full concert by Taylor Swift, we ensure fans can enjoy the greatest sports and entertainment event of the year. We're looking forward to welcoming visitors to Texas and the Circuit of The Americas, for what promises to be an amazing weekend."

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