NASCAR Q&A: "Circuit of the Americas"? Pretty fancy name for a race track

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

What’s in a name?

Too much, sometimes, as Romeo and Juliette discovered. One of the original investors in this week’s NASCAR stop — the splashy road course in Austin, Texas — wanted to call the large complex “Speed City.” But with Formula One folks involved from the get-go, they went with something that gave it instant international street cred: Circuit of the Americas. It’s a splashy name for a splashy facility in a trendy neck of the woods, but any success will also depend on how racy it is for the big stock-cars. 

NASCAR visits a splashy facility in a trendy part of the country this coming weekend.

New venue, more TV?

Yep, you can actually watch some practice and — what’s this? — yes, qualifying from Austin this weekend on Fox Sports 1. NASCAR had decided to stick with the Covid-induced process of “just show up and race” at 28 of this year’s 36 races. Five of the eight exceptions are new venues, such as this week’s track (oops, I mean Circuit). So you can tune in to see Truck, Xfinity and Cup Series practice and qualifying while, we hope, getting updates from Larry Mac on track temperatures. Check your local listings, as they say.

— Ken Willis, ken.willis@news-jrnl.c