Preparing for the Las Vegas Formula Race Grand Prix
The inaugural Las Vegas Formula Race Grand Prix, scheduled for November 16-18, is fast approaching, and the excitement among car racing enthusiasts is palpable. This high-octane event promises to be a spectacle of speed, skill, and strategy as the world’s top drivers race through the heart of Las Vegas.
As we gear up for the Big Race, the anticipation continues to build. Whether you’re a die-hard racing fan or just looking for a unique way to spend your weekend, this event promises to deliver a thrilling and unforgettable experience. So mark your calendar, prepare your bets, and get ready for a weekend of high-speed action in the heart of Las Vegas.
Formula Race Grand Prix Basics
Before diving into the specifics of the Las Vegas Grand Prix, it’s important to understand the basics of formula racing. The sport is a test of both driver skill and team strategy, with each race known as a Grand Prix. There are just under 2 dozen races throughout a season, with races all around the world – including famous races such as Autodromo Nazionale di Monza and Circuit de Monaco.
The cars raced in formula races are open-wheel, open-cockpit, single-seat race cars. Drivers race on various track types, including city circuits like the one in Las Vegas, aiming to complete the course in the fastest time. There is no set number of laps, but circuits are typically 2.5-4 miles long, and the total length of the race must be a minimum of 190 miles. The race cannot last longer than two hours.
Points are allocated based on the final standings, with the leading 10 participants receiving points that contribute to both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships. With a race victory, a driver accumulates 25 points, benefiting both their personal score and their team’s overall season total. Second place secures 18 points, followed by 15 for third place, 12 for fourth, 10 for fifth, 8 for sixth, 6 for seventh, 4 for eighth, 2 for ninth, and 1 for the tenth spot. Additionally, an extra point is earned by the driver who achieves the fastest lap during the Grand Prix, as long as they are within the top 10 finishers.
Las Vegas Race Information
The Las Vegas Grand Prix is set to take place from November 16-18. The race will be held on a street circuit that weaves through the city, passing iconic landmarks such as the Bellagio Fountains and the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas. The track is 3.8 miles long, featuring 17 corners, three straights, and two drag reduction system (DRS) zones. Speeds are expected to get up to 212 mph. A host of teams, including powerhouses like Mercedes and Red Bull, will be participating, bringing star drivers such as Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez, and Max Verstappen.
The 2023 Las Vegas Formula Race Grand Prix schedule is:
- Thursday, November 16 at 8:30 pm: Practice 1
- Friday, November 17 at 12:00 am: Practice 2
- Friday, November 17 at 8:30 pm : Practice 3
- Saturday, November 18 at 12:00 am: Qualifying
- Saturday, November 18 at 10:00 pm: Race
For those lucky enough to be in Las Vegas and have tickets, you will be able to catch some of the best sights along the circuit. Still need to get tickets? Go big in luxury with the ultimate Circa hotel package, which includes two three-day tickets to the Las Vegas Grand Prix, a luxurious Circa Suite with champagne upon arrival, limo transportation to and from the airport, and limo transportation to and from the race.
Events for Race Weekend in Las Vegas
In addition to the main race, there are numerous race-related events scheduled throughout the weekend. Thursday through Saturday, the event will be hosting a dedicated fan zone with press releases, F1 activations, live entertainment, food and drink stations, and more.
Beyond the race-related events, Las Vegas will be buzzing with excitement. During the race weekend, the official entertainment lineup includes a number of live performances. On Thursday, catch Mark Ronson, Nile Rodgers & Chic, and Kylie Minogue. On Friday, check out Major Lazer, A-Trak, and Siobhan Bell. And finally, on Saturday, you won’t want to miss J Balvin, DJ Pee .Wee, and TOKiMONSTA.
If you’re looking for some more race weekend activities that offer an immersive experience without a ticket to the event, make your way over to Downtown Las Vegas for Victory Lap weekend. On Friday, the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center is hosting “Victory Lap” with Chris Lorenzo, an event that will rev your engines for the weekend ahead.
How to Watch the F1 Races
If you don’t have tickets, you might be wondering how to get in on the action. While sidewalks along Las Vegas Boulevard will be open to the public, those areas will not have views of the track or race from the public walkways. The good news is that you can still get your Las Vegas race fix! After the Chris Lorenzo show, the Victory Lap race weekend events continue at Circa Las Vegas for F1 watching and betting.
Red Bull Watch Party
The Red Bull Watch Party takes place on November 18 at Stadium Swim®, where you can watch some of the fastest cars in the world on the 143-foot screen. Better yet, you can watch in one of the six heated pools or from the comfort of your own heated cabana. There will also be an RB14 Static Car on-site, and you can stop by the Owner’s Suite Experience for themed cocktails, merchandise, photo-ops, and more. Free entry for the Red Bull Watch Party starting at 10pm!
Victory Lap Race Watch Party
If you want the exhilarating feeling of the sportsbook, the Victory Lap Race Watch Party is where you should be on November 18. At the largest sportsbook in the world, take in the turn-by-turn action on a 78-million pixel screen, where there’s no bad seat in the house. Nothing really beats the energy of watching the speeds pick up while surrounded by other F1 enthusiasts. Choose from a variety of seating options, such as our luxurious Circa Club booths, a family style Champions Club, or front-row views in the Legend’s Club plush recliners.
Auto Race Betting in Vegas
Las Vegas is synonymous with betting, and formula racing is no exception. Circa Sports is the ultimate sportsbook if you’re in Las Vegas to both watch and bet on the race action. Stop by Circa Resort, the D, or one of the other Circa Sports locations in Nevada to place your bets in person. Can’t make it into the sportsbook? Too busy at the track? Download the Circa Sports app on iOS or Android to have your bookie right in your pocket.
Whether in person or on the app, join Circa Sports for your premier place to bet on formula racing in Vegas.