Alejandro Alvarez | NASCAR Digital Media

Circuit of The Americas turn-by-turn analysis

The NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series are set for their first trip to Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, a tripleheader weekend which will include practice and qualifying sessions.

Cota Track LayoutSaturday will be a doubleheader for the Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series, with Trucks taking to the track for the Toyota Tundra 225 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Xfinity’s Pit Boss 250 race will then be held at 4 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

The Cup Series finishes the weekend with Sunday’s EchoPark Texas Grand Prix at 2:30 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Before drivers take to the 3.41-mile, 20-turn road course, here is a turn-by-turn breakdown, courtesy of eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series driver Bobby Zalenski.

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Once drivers take the green flag, it’s a steep uphill climb into a left-hand hairpin turn to kick off the lap.

Turn 1


It’ll be a right-hander out quickly after the exit of the first corner as the track goes back downhill.

Turn 2


The third corner starts the esses portion of the circuit. Turn 3 is a left-hand corner, Turn 4 is a right-hand corner and Turn 5 is another left-hander.

Turns 3 4 5


This corner is a long, sweeping right-hander, which is immediately followed by a left-hand corner.

Turns 6 7


Drivers will want to maintain a centered line out of Turn 7 to get a good entry into the right-hand, sweeping eighth turn. Turn 9 is another quick left-hander.

Turns 8 9


This left-hand corner acts more like a kink in a straightaway. Drivers will use this section to set up for a good passing zone leading into the entry of the 11th turn.

Turn 10


Like the first corner but without as much elevation change, Turn 11 is another hairpin left-hander. A long straightaway awaits drivers at the exit of this corner.

Turn 11


After taking the longest straight on the course, drivers with face another sharp left-hand turn, which doesn’t provide a lot of grip for acceleration out of the corner.

Turn 12

TURNS 13-14

These two corners are tight right-handers following a short chute coming out of Turn 12.

Turns 13 14


Drivers will have to decide if they want to enter this sharp left-hand turn tight or with a wider angle depending on what arc they want to take through the corner.

Turn 15

TURNS 16-18

These three turns make up the carousel section, which consists of a series of sweeping right-handers.

Turns 16 17 18


This left-hand turn isn’t as tight, serving more of a rolling corner which sends you out into a short straight before heading into the final turn.

Turn 19


The last turn of the course is a hard-braking, sharp left-hand corner. Drivers will be trying to get a good launch off the corner to maximize speed down the frontstretch and toward the start-finish line.

Turn 20