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Circuit of The Americas opens gates to aid Central Texas Food Bank

While remaining on hiatus from racing and the entertainment events that once filled its calender, Circuit of The Americas will open its gates Sunday to help fight against COVID-19.

The road course in Austin, Texas, will be open Sunday, May 10 to collect donations for the Central Texas Food Bank, which is aiding those in need during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Fans are being encouraged to donate online or by bringing non-perishable items to touchless locations in the COTA garages.

The track will open up its 3.4-mile layout for fans to drive in their personal cars at 20 mph from noon to 5 p.m. CT.

Here’s the release from COTA:

On Sunday, May 10, for the first time ever, Circuit of the Americas (COTA) will open the track to support those in need on behalf of Central Texas Food Bank. COTA will collect donations and allow guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a drive on the world-famous 3.4-mile track. This will be a parade of unity, hope and fun for the Central Texas community. The event will be from noon to 5 p.m. CT and is open to the public.

“We’re grateful to our community for the many years of support and know that when this crisis ends, we’ll again unite in times of celebration, friendship and fun,” commented COTA Founder and Chairman, Bobby Epstein. “Thanks to the health care workers, community leaders, volunteers and everyone who makes an effort to help a neighbor, friend or stranger. Special appreciation goes out to our employees at COTA who are working to make this event possible. We’re all in this race together.”

Central Texans are encouraged to show their support by donating money online or by donating cash or dropping off non-perishable items on-site via “touchless” locations in the COTA garages. $1.00 can produce up to four meals for Central Texans. COTA partner Germania Insurance will join the fight against hunger and match up to $10,000 of donations. COTA and Austin Bold FC will also match Germania’s donation to $10,000. Donations are recommended, but not required to participate in the on-track parade.

For more information on Circuit of The Americas and the COTA Food Drive initiative, please visit