Texas’ governor says that a notable race being held in Texas is a chance to showcase the Lone Star State to the world.

The Formula 1 United States Grand Prix will take place November 16th through the 18th at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, and Governor Rick Perry was there today as part of the event’s kickoff.

“The U.S. Grand Prix will bring 1.2 million visitors to central Texas, and is an opportunity to demonstrate to people from around the world everything we have to offer in the Lone Star State as a tourism destination, and as a place to live and work,” said Perry.

“This event is adding to our state’s profile worldwide, and represents a valuable opportunity to tell the Texas story to a whole new group of race fans and decision makers from all around the world,” Perry continued.

Each F1 season averages 520 million viewers in 187 countries. The Circuit of the Americas is the first purpose-built F1 Grand Prix facility in the U.S.

The Circuit of the Americas has been selected for F1 races from 2012 through 2021.The circuit will also host the V8 Supercars Championship from 2013 through 2018.