Evaluating dozens of cars at the Circuit of The Americas racetrack

The Texas Auto Writers Association’s annual Springtime Auto Roundup is taking place this weekend, May 7 through 8, at Austin’s Circuit of The Americas. The famed Formula 1 racetrack will host journalists from across the country, including myself, for a weekend of vehicle evaluations. Categories range from full-size luxury sedans to performance coupes.

Back-to-back wheel time on the same road course allows journalists to experience each vehicle in a controlled environment, free from traffic and threats of speeding tickets. Each vehicle will be judged against criteria and compete against contenders in its category. Last year, 51 vehicles competed in 15 categories, with the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R taking top honors as the 2016 Car of Texas. The second most important category, the Family Car of Texas, was won by the 2016 Chrysler Pacifica.

We will be at COTA starting the morning of Sunday, May 7. Live video streaming on TopSpeed’s Facebook page will happen throughout the day, along with photos of the competition. Be sure to interact with us on Facebook, as we’ll be answering questions and doing vehicle walk-arounds. Festivities continue on Monday, May 8 and conclude with the awards ceremony taking place around 1:00 p.m. Central Time. So, follow our Facebook page and expect to see some high-dollar hardware hitting the track.

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