By ABJ Staff Writer - Michael Theis:
For the first time since Formula 1 brought the U.S. Grand Prix to Circuit of The Americas, year-over-year attendance has increased. In fact, this year's U.S. Grand Prix in Austin had its highest attendance since the event launched in 2012, totaling 269,889 spins of the turnstile, according to NBC Sports. That's not 269,889 individuals, but 269,889 total passes through the admissions gates during the three-day event. 2015's rain-soaked Grand Prix had three-day attendance of 224,011, but only 101,667 attended the race on Sunday. This year, COTA officials did not disclose Sunday-only attendance as they have in prior years, and have not yet responded to a request for that number.
The "main event" for many attendees