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Race Against Dementia Returns to the Circuit of the Americas


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Sir Jackie Stewart OBE

Race Against Dementia is returning to the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) for this year’s US Grand Prix, building on the success of last year’s fundraising and fantastic support.

COTA’s track, in Austin, Texas, is a state-of-the-art racing circuit that stretches over 3.4 miles and offers a thrilling mix of challenging turns, slopes, and high-speed straights. It’s a favourite among both drivers and fans, with a capacity for over 100,000 spectators, making it the perfect venue for excitement and action.

Although Sir Jackie Stewart never raced at COTA, he had two impressive wins in the United States during his career. The first one was in 1968 at the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Circuit in New York, which was a significant moment in his career, showcasing his driving skills and strategic thinking. His second win was in 1972 and was also at Watkins Glen, which he started off in pole position.

In F1 racing, teamwork, innovation, resilience and attention to detail are crucial. Race Against Dementia uses the F1 mindset to tackle the challenges of dementia research because together, they provide the tools of a focused and determined approach to overcoming significant obstacles just as they do on the racetrack.

Race Against Dementia Mayo Clinic Fellow, Dr Ellen Dicks applies this mindset in her work using advanced imaging and data to study both normal aging individuals and dementia patients. Based at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Ellen is looking at how brain connections affect other disease processes and the development of biomarkers, which is important for Alzheimer’s research.

This weekend, Sir Jackie will be at COTA, where two auctions will be held in support of Race Against Dementia, in The Paddock Club and Champions Club with F1 Experiences. You also have the chance to take part in an auction to support our charity and win a bottle of Ferrari Trento Champagne signed by the three podium drivers of the US Grand Prix. The auction will end on October 31 and you can place your bids here.

American citizens can also donate to F1 Friends of Race Against Dementia, here.

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