There can be few things more exciting than traveling to a Formula One race! The suspense, the exhilaration, and the excitement can not be matched at any other sporting event. I was lucky enough to see the 2012 United States Grand Prix that was held in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, November 18, 2012. I was in the States on a two week holiday to Ohio, visiting my brother and his wife.
Acquiring tickets to the race was easy, thanks to the track’s website. My brother was taking no chances, and he purchased them in well in advance and secured general admission tickets. They were quite expensive, but we would soon realised that the money was well spent, in terms of entertainment value. Tickets for general admission were around $200. Needless to say, we would have loved to be able to afford tickets to the Paddock Club. The GP Paddock Club entry fee is around $4000, and space is limited. This is an area strictly reserved for VIPs and ticket holders, and members can get up really close to the cars and drivers.
Traveling from Ohio to Austin was a nice trip. There were four adults altogether, and we took turns driving. The trip was about 1300 miles and it took us 2 days. We stayed in lower priced hotels to save money for Formula One gear at the track.
Since our tickets were good for all 3 days including the practice, qualifying, and the race, it turned out to be quite a bargain. The parking lot was full of excited race fans and everyone was friendly. There were many people cooking special foods they had prepared and there was a big party atmosphere. The race was fantastic and Felipe Massa finished fourth, who is my favorite Formula One driver.
The trip home was fun, but we all wanted to drive really fast! We made it back safely and without any tickets. If you ever gat a chance to go to a Formula One race I would highly recommend the experience, even if you are not into racing. The people and the trip to get there make the whole experience worthwhile.