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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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Indy 500 qualifying: Today’s schedule, TV times, how the 33-car field is set

Indy 500 qualifying schedule
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The 33-car field of the 104th Indianapolis 500 will be set through the two-day Indy 500 qualifying schedule Saturday and Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Today’s session will determine the nine cars that will compete for the pole position and starting positions 10-30.

On Sunday, the pole position then will be determined in a Fast Nine Shootout (the top nine qualifiers also received NTT IndyCar Series points).

All on-track activity will be on NBC Sports Gold’s IndyCar pass (click here for streaming Saturday and here for Sunday), and Indy 500 qualifying will be on NBC from 3-5 p.m. ET Saturday and Indy 500 pole qualifying from 1-3 p.m. ET on NBC.

Last year, Simon Pagenaud captured the pole position on the way to winning last year’s Indy 500.

Qualifying speeds at Indianapolis Motor Speedway are determined by a four-lap average around the 2.5-mile track.

Here is the Indy 500 qualifying schedule and how to watch on TV:

Saturday, Aug. 15

5:30 a.m. – Garage opens

6 a.m. – Tech inspection

8:30-9:30 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBC Sports Gold)

11 a.m.-5 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 qualifying (NBC Sports Gold; NBC coverage from 3-5 p.m.; NBCSN 5-6 p.m.)

7:30 p.m. – Garage closes

Sunday, Aug. 16

8 a.m. – Garage opens

9 a.m. — Tech inspection

11-11:30 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBC Sports Gold)

1:15-2:15 p.m. – Fast Nine pole qualifying (NBC begins at 1 p.m., NBC Sports Gold)

3:30-6 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold)