The Circuit Of The Americas has laid off a large part of its staff and is suspending activities indefinitely. In an open-ended and ambiguous statement issued on Sunday night, the circuit stated that with large-scale public events canceled, there was little for the circuit to do.
With both the MotoGP race scheduled for April 5th, and the Indycar round scheduled for April 26th postponed until November, there was little for the circuit to do.
The Circuit Of The Americas also hosts an amphitheater, where large concerts are held, and a USL soccer team, Austin Bold. The Austin mayor has banned large events, and USL has postponed their season for 30 days.
That led to COTA deciding to lay off staff, though COTA Chairman Bobby Epstein would not be drawn on exactly how many, when contacted by the local American-Statesman newspaper. We have also contacted the circuit for clarification, but we have yet to receive a response to our questions.
It is unclear what this means for the long-term future of the circuit. All will depend on when events can resume once it is clear how the coronavirus outbreak has developed.
At the moment, the MotoGP round in Austin is still scheduled for November 15th. But like the rest of the MotoGP and WorldSBK calendars, everything is provisional at the moment.
Source: American-Statesman; Photo: FIA