For those of you traveling to the Austin area for anything at the Circuit of The Americas(COTA), I am offering myself as a resource for local information. I have lived in Austin since 1972 and should be able to help you out with most topics.
Where to stay? I would encourage you to book this right away, even if you are not positive that you will come to the race. Hotels are the obvious answer. COTA is near the Bergstrom airport which is Austin’s primary airport.
Smaller towns near COTA could be an option as well. Bastrop, Kyle, Buda, San Marcos, Smithville, Lockhart.
There is an RV park on site at COTA though I have not seen anything posted about its availability. If you are in a self contained RV, there might be neighbors to the venue who would allow you to pay to park on their farm/ranch land for the week. There is lots of this type of land near the venue. The “town” where COTA is located is names Elroy, Tx. Nothing in the way of accommodations at this time. Bubba’s Wild grille is the most known eatery.
Other ideas for locations could be to rent vacation homes in the area through http://www.HomeAway.com or http://www.VRBO.com .
Golf Resorts in the area that I am guessing may have heliport service could be an option. The heliports will make some locations that seem far away in road traffic very convenient by helicopter. Lakeway (west of Austin) Barton Creek (west of Austin), Hyatt Regency @ The Lost Pines (near COTA in Bastrop area).
Don’t forget to look for Bed and Breakfasts or hunting/fishing camps as well.
I will watch for traffic on this thread and update as requested by the audience.