NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Infiniti Motor Company, Ltd. brings the sights, sounds and smells of international Formula One racing to downtown Austin, Texas on October 29, as Infiniti Red Bull Racing drivers Daniel Ricciardo and four-time F1 World Champion driver Sebastian Vettel will drive Vettel’s 2011 Championship Formula One car and the 560-horsepower Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype up and down Congress Avenue.
Kicking off the annual United States Grand Prix™ race weekend, the event starts at 12:00 p.m. CDT on the corner of Congress Avenue and 7th Street at the foot of the iconic Texas Capitol building. An introduction to the drivers will then be followed by high speed runs in the F1 car and the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype.
Activities will also include a drivers’ parade where spectators get a chance to see the drivers up close. A few lucky fans will also be selected from the crowd to experience a ride in the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype driven by Vettel and Ricciardo.
Vettel and Ricciardo will take turns demonstrating the performance of the Formula One Car and introduce Austin to the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype inspired by Infiniti’s partnership with Infiniti Red Bull Racing. The Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype features bespoke carbon fiber bodywork, F1-inspired aerodynamics and a powerful twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 engine.
“Infiniti is kicking off the U.S. Grand Prix in true Austin style,” said Allyson Witherspoon, director of Marketing Communications and Media for Infiniti USA. “Having Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo drive the actual 2011 championship car and the Formula One-inspired Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype up and down Congress Avenue is sure to be a memorable moment for F1 fans.”
LOCATION: Congress Avenue between 7th and 11th streets, Austin, Texas
TIME: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. CDT (spectators advised to arrive early)
Infiniti Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with sales operations in over 50 countries. The Infiniti brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan and the United States. Production in China and the UK will start soon along with the expansion of the brand’s portfolio. Infiniti plans to also expand manufacturing into Mexico by 2017.
As the Title Partner and Vehicle Performance Partner of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Infiniti has a far-reaching technical collaboration with the Formula One team, and Sebastian Vettel, its four-time World Champion driver, serves as Infiniti’s Director of Performance.
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