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COTA food drive’s donations will provide for over 1.6 million meals

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The Circuit of The Americas raised more than $200,000 in donations Sunday during a food drive that will provide more than 1.6 million meals to the Central Texas community.

According to a release from the track, more than 20,000 people (and 400 dogs) visited the track in 7,000 vehicles that were allowed to drive on its 3.4-mile road course layout.

The event benefited the Central Texas Food Bank, which is aiding those in need during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“The Food Drive was a great success, it was so nice to see people safely come together and support such a great cause, especially in these uncertain times,” COTA founder and chairman Bobby Epstein said in a statement. “It was a wonderful day with perfect weather and people were just having a blast – it felt really good to see. Hats off to the volunteers and participants, they should be very proud. The atmosphere was lively, and the spirit of giving was awesome.”

COTA partner Germania Insurance, as well as COTA and Austin Bold FC, each donated $10,000 to the cause.

COTA remains on hiatus from racing and the entertainment events during the pandemic, but the track is slated to play host to a MotoGP event Nov. 13-15 (the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas originally was to take place April 5).

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Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”