Paddock Info and Maps
Recognizing that the majority of the attendees of the BFGoodrich Tires SCCA COTA Super Tour will be making their first visit to Circuit of the Americas, Lone Star Region and SCCA have made the following maps available for your reference:
Overhead of Staging, Registration, Paddocks, Grid, etc (Google Maps Image)
We have been given the opportunity to be racing at the only Formula 1 facility in the United States. The Circuit of the Americas (CoTA) is a brand new, state of the art facility, and (along with the City of Austin) has provided guidelines for conduct that are more stringent than you may be accustomed to. These paddock regulations reflect CoTA’s requirements, along with processes to manage accommodating the 500+ entries for this inaugural SCCA event at CoTA. With everyone’s cooperation, SCCA’s Lone Star Region hopes to make this one of your most anticipated events each year on the Majors and BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour schedule. However, it will take your cooperation.
Parking will be at a premium at this event due to the large number of entries. Your cooperation and understanding are asked as the paddock marshals endeavor to accommodate everyone’s space requirements while maintaining good ingress and egress and legally-required fire lanes. Teams must park as instructed.
Spaces will accommodate ONLY a hauler (tow vehicle and trailer) and racecar work area with awning if applicable. All personal vehicles will be parked in parking lot A at the front of the facility. The Lone Star Region is providing van transportation to shuttle persons to and from the paddock to the parking lot. Also you may walk-in or use pit support vehicles for transportation, i.e.; four-wheelers or golf carts. NO Personal Vehicles in the paddock area!
Paddock Speed Limit is 10 mph.
Staging – Haulers can arrive as early as Tuesday, March 6 to be staged for parking. Staging will occur on Circuit of Americas Boulevard unless otherwise directed. Track security and/or marshals will instruct you on where to line up. No hauler may park without a paddock marshal’s instruction before/after hours. Haulers may exit before or after hours but not enter. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, parking preference will be given to the testing haulers to facilitate their setup for same.
Load-in for Wednesday testing participants will begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 5. If possible, Thursday testing participants will be parked after all Wednesday testers have been parked and as time permits. Load-in will cease at 8:30 p.m.
Staging for event-only (competitors not participating in any testing) parking will begin Thursday at 12 p.m. Load-in will occur as soon as CoTA allows. Load-in will continue at the discretion of the Paddock Marshal. The goal is to have all participants parked by closing at 8:30p.m. Thursday evening.
Friday load-in will begin at 7 a.m. We encourage you to arrive before then if at all possible to allow time to parking ahead of your session.
All times indicated are subject to changes directed by CoTA.
Haulers parking – Once parked haulers cannot moves to another space for any reason at any time. There will be no space-saving for another hauler. If haulers want/need to be parked together, you must arrive together. No exceptions can be made.
Haulers will be parked sequentially --that is to say a rig will be parked in space 1, and the next rig in space 2. This will allow us to park rigs closely, maximizing parking space and easing parking challenges especially with larger rigs. Rationally enough, larger rigs will be parked together as much as possible, with smaller rigs together, again to optimize space and facilitate ingress/egress.
Trailers must stay in the competitor’s assigned paddock spot however there will be accommodations on-site for empty-trailer parking.
Competitors with garages – Each garage space will have a single allotted space for their hauler in the area across the fire lane from the garages. This holds true for multiple cars/teams sharing a garage. One garage=one support vehicle/trailer. Haulers may not necessarily be parked directly in back of each garage due to facility structures in this area; we will endeavor to park the hauler as closely as possible across from each garage for easy access. No awnings or other side structures beside or off the haulers will be permitted for those with garages.
Vehicles must not be started and/or run in the garages. There is a space in front of each garage separate from the fire lane where vehicles can be pushed out to be run. This is a safety consideration and no exceptions can be made.
There shall be no egress to pit road via south-facing garage doors. These doors may be required to remain close at all times if violations occur.
Fueling a car inside permanent garage buildings is prohibited. No fuel storage in the garages.
Competitors who have arranged for RV hookups with CoTA – The RV area is separate from the paddock area. Race cars must be in the paddock area. Therefore a competitor must set up their race car work area in the paddock, separate from their RV. Per CoTA, ace cars will not be permitted in the RV hookup area for both logistical and space reasons and CoTA will not permit any work to be done on race cars in this area. If you want to arrange for RV hookup parking, go to www.motorsportreg.com. SCCA has no management of these spaces and competitors must work through that site and CoTA.
Utilities – only garages have power outlets. There is no electricity available in the paddock. There are no hookups for RV's in the paddock!
Paddock care – No stakes or other anchors may puncture the asphalt at CoTA. CoTA monitors this carefully, and you will be charged for same. Additionally, all jack stands must have bases that will prohibit them sinking into the asphalt (even something as simple as plywood boards). Rests must be provided for under trailer tongues and anything else that may puncture or damage the asphalt surface. We encourage teams to work with their neighbors to tie off awnings to adjacent vehicles and/or use appropriate non-puncturing weights or ballast to secure awnings and canopies.
Spills, leaks and drainage must also be monitored and cleaned up promptly per CoTA. Oil dry will be available courtesy of Lone Star Region SCCA, but if you have a leaky vehicle (or hauler) please bring appropriate drip pans. Oil and chemical dump areas are available in the bright yellow metal buildings located in the paddock areas.
Pit/Paddock support vehicles – Four wheelers, mini-bikes, scooters and similar are permitted. They must be driven by legally licensed drivers only; no children may operate these vehicles on CoTA property. Bicycles are also permitted. These vehicles must adhere to the same traffic flow and parking rules as all other vehicles. Any competitor deemed to be operating any pit/paddock support vehicle in a dangerous manner will have this privilege revoked for the duration of the event. Those vehicles shall remain in the confines of the competitor's space when not in use.
Wrecked or disabled vehicles – a holding yard is planned to be located immediately behind the café/food area next to the impound area. All wrecked or disabled vehicles will be deposited there after being brought in from the course. It will be the team’s responsibility to move the vehicle to their paddock space. Exceptions will be made for cars that will not roll.
Noise curfews – No race engines may be run between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Drop off access – Understanding that there is from time to time a need to bring a non-credentialed vehicle into the paddock to drop off people and/or equipment; this will be accommodated only with the at-gate confiscation of the vehicle’s driver’s event credentials which can be reclaimed once this vehicle exits the paddock area. If the vehicle has not exited/credentials have not been claimed within 30 minutes of entry, the team and vehicle will be located and the vehicle towed at the owners expense if not removed immediately. Allowing a non-credentialed vehicle in the paddock is being done as a courtesy, abuse will not be tolerated and this privilege may be revoked if there is widespread abuse of it.
Animals – No pets allowed.
Pit Access – Race cars may only access the hot pit lane at the east end of the garage area/grandstand near the medical center building. Race cars may not access the hot pit lane via the garages; garaged vehicles must enter the track at the east end of the garages along with all other vehicles.
Pit Equipment – Pit equipment will also enter pit lane at the east end of the garage/grandstand area; pit equipment will exit the pit lane through garage #2 at the west end of the pit lane. There will be no entry to the pit lane anywhere else; there will be no exit from the pit lane anywhere else. This is being done to enable quick turnover of pit equipment between races and keep the event on time.
Hot pit at end of session – Race cars will not be permitted down pit lane at the end of each session; they will either be waved to the Tech area (at pit in on the pit lane) or waved into the paddock area. Tire temperatures and temps shall be checked only in the impound area. There will be no exceptions.
These paddock regulations are subject to change before and during the event.
We are dealing with a new facility and an unprecedented number
of entries, and may need to adapt on the fly.
Your cooperation and understanding are key to making this event a success
and being invited back.