How race fans and guests from all over the globe make it to the U.S. Grand Prix at the Circuit of Americas race track in Elroy has been a point of contention since Formula One made its Texas debut.
This year, the transportation plan is going to be a little different.
U.S. Grand Prix planners say extra efforts last year helped them avoid massive jams outside the event, like the traffic nightmare fans experienced waiting to get into the Silverstone Circuit in England.
Circuit of The Americas' Julie Loignon said they may have over-planned for crowds last year. This year, fans can park just three miles from the track entrance.
"We are really working to make sure that, as smoothly as possible, we can move people safely into park-and-ride locations and get them to the track," Loignon said.
There will be two lots for fans to park in and take a short shuttle ride. Labeled the Yellow Lot, the fields in front of Aus-Tex Sandblasting on FM 812 will be home to thousands of cars on race weekend.
Another lot is about a mile north on FM 973.
The Longhorns play at home the day before the U.S. Grand Prix this year. COTA won't have any park-and-rides downtown, but there will be shuttles to pick up fans from the Austin Convention Center.
"We still want to be able to provide some kind of easy transportation option for a lot of the downtown hotel guests, including a lot of the international guests," Loignon said.
If buses aren't your thing, parking is still available at the track, but it will cost you. It’s $200 for three days.
The closer locations allowed COTA to cut 200 buses from its shuttle routes. If heavy rains fall, backup plans will divert drivers to the Travis County Expo Center.