Nick Boulle will race during the 2023 Formula 1 Lenovo United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas in the final rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup North America.
Competing in the Pro Class with the MDK Motorsports Team in the Porsche Deluxe Carrera Cup North America, Boulle will be driving in car No. 3 for the double-header race weekend that acts as a supporting act for Sunday’s Formula One Grand Prix & Saturday’s F1 Sprint Race. There will be a practice held on Friday, October 20, at 9:20 a.m. followed by a qualifying session on Saturday, October 21, at 8:30 in the morning. Boulle will take the green flag for race one on Saturday at 2:10 p.m. and his second race will be on Sunday, October 22, at 10:50 a.m directly before the United States Grand Prix.
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From Circuit of The Americas:
3 days of racing. 2 concerts. All for 1 ticket. That’s what you can expect of the 2023 Formula 1 Lenovo United States Grand Prix at COTA. This year’s event will also feature the first F1 Sprint race on American soil, as one of six sprint races in the 2023 Formula 1 season. Between COTA’s newly announced music line-up — The Killers on Friday and Queen + Adam Lambert on Saturday — and this added race, attendees will get more bang for their buck than ever before.
So, what is a sprint race? First introduced in 2021, F1 Sprint races bring an extra day of racing for fans as well as another opportunity to score valuable points for the drivers and constructors. A sprint race is a shorter race format, meaning drivers won’t compete for as many laps as the official Grand Prix. In an F1 Sprint, drivers race for 100 km or just over 62 miles with no mandatory pit stops. The Grand Prix format requires races to be at least 305 km or 190 miles and at least one pit stop, so this sprint race is truly an all-out dash to the finish. At COTA, the 2023 sprint on Saturday, October 21, will be 19 laps or 105 km (about 65.24 mi).
Free Practice 1 or FP1 kicks off the U.S. Grand Prix weekend on Friday, October 20, as the only practice session. It’s followed by Qualifying, which is moved from Saturday to Friday for sprint weekends. This Friday Qualifying session, however, will continue to determine the grid for Sunday’s GP.
Saturday, the second day of Grand Prix weekend, is the biggest change. Prior to the 2023 Azerbaijan GP, a new session called the Sprint Shootout was added. This is a quick, secondary qualifying session specifically for the sprint which occurs later that day.
This year, sprint races will offer more points towards the drivers’ and constructors’ championship cup. First place in the sprint will receive 8 points, with the number of points awarded decreasing by one for each position after. Only the top eight drivers will score. With double the number of sprint races this year, drivers and teams can pull in precious points to close the gap between their competitors.
The six 2023 F1 Sprints, in order of appearance, are the Azerbaijan GP, the Austrian GP, the Belgian GP, the Lusail GP, the United States GP (that’s COTA) and the Brazilian GP. With a weekend packed to the brim with racing, 2023 is a must-see at Circuit of The Americas.
About the Porsche Deluxe Carrera Cup North America:
Attracting the best Pro, Pro-Am and Amateur sports car drivers from North America and around the world, the Porsche Deluxe Carrera Cup North America is the premier one-make championship on the continent, with drivers competing in identical Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 992) race cars.
Carrera Cup races across the country at the biggest motorsport events in the USA, delivering market-leading event attendees, broadcast reach and premium experiences for all drivers, teams and partners involved.
The new 992 generation Porsche 911 GT3 cup car made its world competition debut in Porsche Deluxe Carrera Cup North America in 2021.
The spectacularly styled cup car is the first racing version based on the current 922 generation road car and the first one-make cup racer of the German sports car manufacturer to feature a wide turbo-spec body.
Producing around 375 kw (510 hp), the new 911 GT3 Cup Type 992 exceeds the output of its immediate predecessor by 25 horsepower.
The overall increase in performance of the 992 generation — over the type 991 II generation — was immediately apparent in the championship, with lap times nearly as quick as that year’s 911 GT3 R race cars in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The development also showed itself in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup rounds in 2021, where lap times were slashed by up to three seconds at most European circuits.