Race car driver burning rubber at the Las Vegas Grand Prix Launch Party.

About the Grand Prix in Las Vegas

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The Ultimate Race is coming to Las Vegas for the first time in almost 40 years. The highly anticipated Las Vegas Grand Prix will take place from 16-18 November 2023. Officially titled the "Formula 1 Heineken Silver Las Vegas Grand Prix 2023", the twenty world-class drivers will race an exciting new street circuit around the Las Vegas Strip, passing by some of Sin City's most famous neon signs and lights for a thrilling night race!

The city's bustling streets will transform into a thrilling racetrack, attracting racing enthusiasts from around the globe. The newly-constructed grandstands and seating areas can accommodate up to 105,000 attendees, many of which have already booked their tickets. Many large hotels in Las Vegas have bought up blocks of tickets and packaged them with rooms, making scoring individual tickets even more difficult. Presently, it looks like a race weekend package with a room at a Las Vegas hotel room, will cost upwards of $10,000!

If you were fast enough to get a ticket to the Las Vegas Grand Prix, you will have access to a designated zone and will be treated to exclusive Vegas-style entertainment, as well as all-inclusive food and drink options throughout the course of the weekend's race. If you haven't gotten a ticket, you will likely find it difficult to watch the race in person, as the track has been completely blocked off from public view.

If you want to get more than just a glimpse of the action, you can see the whole track from the sky on a Las Vegas helicopter tour during the Grand Prix!

When is the Las Vegas Grand Prix?

The Las Vegas Grand Prix Race Weekend will take over Sin City from November 16 to November 18, 2023. November 16 and November 17 are practice days for the twenty drivers. Saturday, November 18 will feature both qualifying and the featured Las Vegas Grand Prix race on the same day! With a 10pm local start time (PST), the track will go lights out amidst the grand spectacle of the illuminated Strip casinos.

Formula 1 race car driver on the Strip during Launch Party for Grand Prix Las Vegas.

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Best Places To Watch the Las Vegas Grand Prix

The Las Vegas Grand Prix is being divided into several zones for the race and tickets grant attendees entry to one designated zone. Tickets are sold with either three-, four-, or five-day access. Grandstand tickets are mainly sold with three-day access. General Admission and Grandstand tickets include all-inclusive stadium food and non-alcoholic beverages, while Hospitality tickets include all-inclusive gourmet cuisine and alcoholic beverages.

The Las Vegas Grand Prix track layout zones consist of:

  • East Harmon Zone - (the last corner of Turn 1) and opening corners (Turns 1-3) of the circuit. This zone hosts a number of grandstand ticket options that will provide some of the most exciting and affordable views of the track.
  • West Harmon Zone - the cheapest grandstand tickets available. The grandstands are largely located on the straight before the final Turn 17.
  • South Koval North Koval Zones - no grandstands located in these small zones but a number of private suites and shared hospitality tickets, which start at $8,000 for a three-day ticket, are located here.
  • MSG Sphere Zone - located between turns 5 and 9, this is the main general admission location. Six massive grandstands offer three-day general admission tickets here.
  • Paddock Zone - is VIP area is located inside the track and consists of private hospitality suites.

Depending on your budget, the best places to watch the Las Vegas Grand Prix are probably the East Harmon Zone (for grandstand tickets) or the VIP Paddock Zone if your budget is much larger!

A map of the Las Vegas Strip showing the race track for Formula 1 Grand Prix in red.

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Las Vegas Grand Prix Travel Guide

As you prepare for an adrenaline-filled experience at the Las Vegas Grand Prix, make sure plan enough time to explore everything this vibrant city has to offer. From world-class entertainment to nearby natural wonders, there's something for everyone visiting Vegas! Here are a few things to do before, during, and after the race, as well as recommended tours to enhance your race week. For more race weekend ideas, check out our full Las Vegas guide.

Before the Race:

  1. Explore the Las Vegas Strip: Take a stroll down the iconic Las Vegas Strip, home to extravagant hotels, dazzling casinos, and world-class Las Vegas restaurants. There are dozens of free exhibits to enjoy throughout Las Vegas Boulevard and plenty of family-friendly activities, as well.
  2. Visit the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign: Capture a photo at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, an iconic symbol of the city. Located at the south end of the Strip, it's a must-visit for first timers. It's walkable from Mandalay Bay but also has a parking lot for rental cars or rideshare drivers.
  3. Experience a Helicopter Tour: Witness the breathtaking views of Las Vegas from above on a helicopter tour. Papillon offers various Las Vegas helicopter tours that show you all of the famous lights and sights from the sky!

During the Race:

  1. Attend the Race: Get ready for heart-pounding action as you witness the Las Vegas Grand Prix firsthand. Cheer on your favorite drivers and feel the excitement as they zoom past at incredible speeds.
  2. Find a Race Viewing Party: Don't have a ticket? No problem! Every casino boasts dozens of bars and restaurants that will be broadcasting the race. You can also find a seat in your resort's sports book.
  3. Try Your Luck at the Casinos: Enjoy a game of blackjack, poker, or try your hand at the slot machines at the world-famous Strip casinos. Remember the phrase "the House always wins" and keep your expectations reasonable.

After the Race:

  1. Attend After-Race Parties: Las Vegas is known for its legendary nightlife. After the race, explore the city's vibrant club scene and attend exclusive after-race parties, where you can mingle with fellow racing enthusiasts from around the world.
  2. Visit Vegas Museums: Discover the history of Las Vegas through its iconic neon signs at the Neon Museum or visit the Mob Museum for fascinating insight on the history of the mafia in Las Vegas. Vegas is also home to the Atomic Museum and the Pinball Hall of Fame!
  3. Explore Red Rock Canyon: Just a short drive from the Strip, Red Rock Canyon offers stunning desert landscapes with hiking, biking, and mountain climbing opportunities.
  4. Fly to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas: Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Grand Canyon on a day tour from Las Vegas! You can visit the Grand Canyon National Park on an airplane tour or land at the very bottom on a Grand Canyon helicopter tour in just a few hours.

Las Vegas Grand Prix Helicopter Tours

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The Golden Eagle helicopter tour over the West Rim is the perfect tour for visitors with limited time to experience the Grand Canyon, the Las Vegas Strip, and the surrounding desert scenery from the sky.

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Our most in-demand Grand Canyon helicopter tour! Experience a canyon floor landing with a champagne toast and refreshments. You can enhance your tour with a sunset departure, flying over the Las Vegas Strip just as the neon lights come to life.

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The best way to see the Las Vegas Grand Prix track is from the sky! Book your Las Vegas Strip helicopter tour for the race today!

Formula 1 Race Car on the Las Vegas Strip at night.

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Ultimate Race - Las Vegas FAQ

How much are race tickets in Vegas?

Are you planning to attend the 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix? Tickets for this exciting event are now available for purchase! Prices vary depending on the type of seating and access you would like. The first phase of tickets went on sale in November 2022 and general admission/ grandstand tickets sold out in minutes.  

A large number of tickets were also distributed to Las Vegas hotel partners and official ticket partners. For a standard grandstand seat, tickets range from $75 to $175. If you'd like to upgrade your experience, you can purchase VIP packages which include access to the Pit Building (paddock) and exclusive seating in the front rows. These tickets range from $200-$1000. 

Where can I buy tickets for the 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix?

Tickets are sold via the official Las Vegas Grand Prix website. Note that a maximum of 8 tickets per individual can be booked for the race via the official website.

Why is the Las Vegas Grand Prix at night?

Night races are nothing new in the world of racing, and the Las Vegas Grand Prix will have lights out at 10pm local time (PST). This timeframe is the best compromise to allow the most fans from around the world to enjoy the race live. 

Will the Las Vegas Strip be closed during the race?

Visitors to Las Vegas will still be able to access the Strip casinos on foot, but they will not be able to view the race from the sidewalk. Las Vegas Boulevard and surrounding streets will be closed to vehicle traffic during the Las Vegas race weekend. 

Where can I watch the Las Vegas Grand Prix without tickets?

Every casino on Las Vegas Boulevard boasts dozens of bars and restaurants that will broadcast the race. You can also find a seat in your resort’s sports book. For a better chance at a table or seat, look into bars located off the Strip or visit one of the numerous other casinos outside of Las Vegas Boulevard.