The Circuit of the America’s, Austin’s new road course, opens up 2013′s wicked year of racing with GRAND-AM. GRAND-AM comprises of a mixture of production-based road cars and purpose-built race cars, known as the Daytona Prototypes (Which still used production-based motors). For the production cars, GRAND-AM gives us the GT and GX classes, where an array of manufacturers battle your entertainment: Chevrolet, BMW, Porsche, Ferrari, Audi, and Mazda. This is the first major event at COTA since last November’s F1 race. The new course still proves to be a unique challenge for drivers thanks to the new surface, and the course layout lends itself to some great passing, all of which makes for exciting racing. I called up friend of Hooniverse and mildy-insane Pikes Peak racer Brianne Corn as my hot-shoe photographer, and we set out to COTA for a weekend of racing.