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Circuit of The Americas™ begins volunteer recruitment for various events - Partners with Austin Sports Commission to build regional volunteer force


AUSTIN, Texas – June 6, 2012– Circuit of the Americas has partnered with the Austin Sports Commission to develop regional force of volunteers for various events throughout the area. This joint venture will allow those interested in volunteering at events to become an ambassador for Austin, with the first volunteer opportunity being the 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™, November 16-18. Starting today, a link to the volunteer sign-up page will be available at www.circuitoftheamericas.com and www.austintexas.org/sports-commission.


“A strong volunteer force is vital in operating a successful, large-scale event,” said Steve Sexton, president of Circuit of the Americas. “We expect to recruit approximately 1,000 volunteers for the Formula 1™ event alone. There is also a need for a regional volunteer force from which all city-wide events can recruit experienced, motivated helpers. We look forward to working with the Sports Commission to build the first of its kind in Austin.”


Various volunteer opportunities will include a variety of positions and time commitments to fit every individual’s interests and background. Potential areas with a need for volunteers include customer service, way-finding, ushering, transportation and welcome centers at Austin Bergstrom International Airport and downtown. Individuals will be asked to “opt-in” for different events on the website, with the first event being the Formula 1™ race at Circuit of The Americas. Nonprofits, organizations or other groups interested in volunteering together may register for group volunteer opportunities. In addition to the Formula 1 event, this registration system will be used to recruit volunteers for a variety of other events occurring at the new track, including the V8 Supercars race series at Circuit of The Americas and several other international motorsports series to be identified in the coming months. Individuals will also be able to sign up for events recruited to the city by the Austin Sports Commission.


“We’ve been fortunate enough to land some unique events like the Davis Cup quarterfinals, the USA Volleyball Junior Nationals and the World Football Festival coming this summer,” said Matthew Payne, executive director of the Austin Sports Commission. “Creating a volunteer database will give Austin another competitive advantage because of the important resource it will provide to event organizers. Plus, we know that Austin is full of dedicated, community-minded individuals who want to make a difference—and who want visitors to our city to have a great experience.”


Circuit of The Americas has begun working with local area universities to recruit students for various volunteer positions. Individuals that volunteer have the benefit of experiencing the inaugural Formula 1 event held at the only purpose-built Grand Prix racetrack in the United States. Volunteers will also receive specialized training by experienced Circuit staff, branded clothing to wear during volunteer hours and an invitation to participate in special events leading up to race day.


About Austin Sports Commission


The Austin Sports Commission (ASC) recruits, grows and retains sporting events in the greater Austin area. Sporting events continue to generate a significant economic impact for Austin. ASC works hand in hand with local organizing committees and event producers to identify potential venues, secure hotel space and, most importantly, serve as a local resource for ensuring operational success of the event. For more information, visit: www.austintexas.org/sports-commission.


About Circuit of The Americas


Circuit of The Americas will be a world-class destination for performance, education and business. It will be the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States designed for any and all classes of racing, from motor power to human power, and be the U.S. home to the 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ Nov. 16-18 and V8 SUPERCARS.


The Circuit of The Americas’ master plan features a variety of permanent structures designed for business, education, entertainment and race use. Its signature element will be a 3.4-mile circuit track. Other support buildings will include an expansive outdoor live music space, a conference center, a banquet hall as well as a state-of-the-art medical facility. Future proposed amenities include a driving/riding experience, a motorsports driving club, kart track, grand plaza event center and tower, and a trackside recreational vehicle park. For more information and downloadable video, audio and photos, visit: www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com.

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