As the United States Grand Prix comes to a close here shortly, Circuit of The Americas has rebounded from the rain-drenched 2015 USGP weekend in the best way possible: with a new attendance record in its fifth year hosting the FIA Formula 1 World Championship. Buoyed in large part by last night’s Taylor Swift concert, but also with near perfect weather in Austin throughout the weekend helping the Saturday and Sunday crowd numbers in particular, track officials have announced a weekend total of 269,889 for the weekend. This marks a new overall announced weekend attendance record for COTA. In 2013, a year later, the track announced attendance numbers of 113,162 fans in attendance on Sunday to bring that weekend total to 250,324.
It worked just as Joe Gibbs Racing planned. With three JGR cars not needing a top-20 finish to clinch a spot in the Round of 8, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch fell to the back Sunday before the green flag at Talladega Superspeedway and stayed there until the checkered flag. “The easiest thing in the world is to just say, ‘Hell with it, we’re going to go race, we’re going to do everything we can and not worry about it,’ but that’s foolish,’’ Edwards said after finishing 29th, sandwiched between Kenseth (28th) and Busch (30th). Kenseth, Edwards and Busch joined teammate Denny Hamlin, who had to race his way into a transfer spot with a third-place finish, as among the eight drivers left competing for the Sprint Cup title.
Oct 23 (Gracenote) - Results from the Motorcycling Grand Prix Australia Moto3 on Sunday 1. Brad Binder (South Africa) KTM 16:22.009 2. Andrea Locatelli (Italy) KTM 16:27.946 3. Aron Canet (Spain) Honda 16:31.603 4.