Taylor Swift at COTA

Taylor Swift races into Austin for huge concert during F1 weekend

Taylor Swift races into Austin for huge concert during F1 weekend

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Taylor Swift will headline this year's music portion of the U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. Photo by Jane Howze

Racing fans, rejoice: F1 is coming back. And it's bringing Taylor Swift.

The future of Formula 1 in Austin was uncertain due to financial concerns, but on Wednesday, Circuit of The Americas proudly confirmed that the United States Grand Prix will return in October 2016. And to celebrate, COTA is bringing out the big guns: Swift has been revealed as this year's music headliner.

"Since we first hosted this event in 2012, we have gained a lot of knowledge and insight that has allowed us to make significant annual improvements," said Bobby Epstein, chairman and CEO of Circuit of The Americas, in a press release. "By combining the excitement of Formula 1, the fun of the festival, and a full concert by Taylor Swift, we ensure fans can enjoy the greatest sports and entertainment event of the year."

Swift, who follows up Elton John's stellar 2015 performance, will take the stage on Saturday, October 22. This is the pop star's first appearance since the wildly successful 1989 World Tour. 

The 2016 U.S. Grand Prix will take over the Circuit of the Americas from Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23. Three-day passes — which include attendance to Swift's concert — go on sale to the public at 10 am on Wednesday, April 6.