Eight things to know about NASCAR’s first race weekend at Austin’s Circuit of The Americas road course

Among the many novelties in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule are new tracks, and this weekend, NASCAR will compete at Circuit of The Americas, or COTA, for the first time ever. It’s one of seven road courses on the schedule this year.

The Austin road course famously has hosted Formula 1, IndyCar Series and MotoGP events, but this year, the track was added to the NASCAR schedule with a full weekend’s worth of competition lined up, culminating with the Cup Series’ EchoPark Texas Grand Prix on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET (FS1).

So ahead of NASCAR’s first race weekend at COTA, here are eight things to know.

Across 16 NASCAR seasons between 2003 and 2019, Menard had one Cup win, the 2011 Brickyard 400, and 20 top-5 finishes. Specifically in the Truck Series, his best finish was eighth in 2003 at Kansas Speedway.

If you can't get enough racing at COTA, you're in luck…

Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Is Stronger Than Ever in 2021

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NASCAR isn’t the only motor sports discipline competing at COTA this weekend. The IMSA-Sanctioned Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Series will have two practices on Friday, followed by two 50-minute timed races — one on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET and one Sunday at 12:10 p.m. ET.

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