@codesurge, we could see part of the back straight, but there is a slight hill in the middle of the track there and you definitely could not see all the way to turn 12. We were in row 1. Maybe if you are up higher in the stands you could see more. We could see the cars getting close on the back straight but missed most of the real action at the end of the straight at turn 12.
I went last year and sat at Turn 11 E. It was OK but I am considering turn 1 or 15 this year. Turn 11 was a long walk from the main entrance. There was supposedly a shuttle bus to all the gates, but it seemed like one single bus every 30 minutes or so.
My in-laws live in Austin, so I don’t have any hotel recommendations.
We used a shuttle bus from the airport to the track that worked well, but the wait for the bus on Sunday after the race was at least an hour. It seemed like forever. The sun was almost down by the time we left, and there were many more people still waiting. We might try to get on-site parking this year.