The 5.513km Circuit of the Americas, located 19km south of Austin, is a firm favourite among drivers thanks to its unique design, which is a perfect showcase for the high-speed, high-grip LMP1 cars.
Weather conditions are a talking point, with temperatures above 30°C creating a challenging environment for drivers and pit crew, who must wear fireproof overalls during all sessions. As well as heat, thunder storms have previously disrupted the event, notably in 2014 when a race-day downpour caused chaos.
Toyota GAZOO Racing has finished on the podium in all bar two races this season and will aim to do so again by fighting at the front of the field with its competitors Audi and Porsche.
Work towards that goal will begin on Thursday with two 90-minute practice sessions before final practice and qualifying on Friday. Saturday’s race begins at 17:00 local time, meaning fans can enjoy the spectacle of LMP1 cars racing into the night.
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