On 18th November 2012 engines roared into action as Formula One returned to the USA after a four-year absence for the penultimate race of the season. The impressive ‘Circuit of the Americas’ in Austin, Texas is the first purpose built track specifically for Formula One in the USA, and the 10th venue to try to offer a permanent home to the championship in the country.
As the drivers approach speeds of 200 mph over 56 laps on a track with elevation changes, hairpin bends and reverse cambers, rainfall could be a serious hazard. Although Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag without a drop of rain falling, cars can easily aquaplane if excess water lies on the track surface – so efficient drainage is a must for any racing circuit and we are delighted this one uses our drainage products.
The majority of the track drainage uses the versatile ACO Qmax 225 high capacity slot drainage system with a custom ductile iron top. ACO S Range channel drainage, ideal for heavy-duty applications, is utilised in the pit, paddock and grandstand areas. We were pleased to be selected for this prestigious $300m project and excited to watch the first ‘Grand Prix of America’ since 2007 – the race certainly seemed to have a buzz of excitement around it and it was a huge successs!