File this under, “Oh my gosh, I might love this Circuit of Americas thing.”
From a press release from Circuit of Americas:
Race fans purchasing tickets to these 2013 Circuit events can also donate to three great causes. During the online checkout process, ticket buyers will be given the option to donate a specified amount to environmental organizations located in the Central Texas region that support ecological preservation and restoration efforts in the area. The three organizations—TreeFolks, Hill Country Conservancy and Restoration of the Lost Pines Fund—are working with Circuit of The Americas as part of the company’s overall sustainability programming.
“Circuit of The Americas will provide extraordinary opportunities to advance sustainable business development and foster environmental stewardship,” said Edgar Farrera, director of sustainability for Circuit of The Americas. “Our priorities include site stewardship, facility performance, sustainable events, and education outreach. We know sustainability is very important to many of our ticketholders, and we want to give them a chance to support local environmental causes through ‘eco opt-in’ opportunities when they purchase tickets to Circuit-hosted events.”
Circuit of The America is a member of the Green Sports Alliance, a non-profit organization with a mission to help sports teams, venues and leagues enhance their environmental performance. Alliance members represent over 100 sports teams and venues from 14 different sports leagues. Circuit of The Americas is the first Formula 1™ racing facility to become a member of the Alliance.
“Circuit of The Americas is showing great leadership in the sports-greening movement with its innovative new ‘eco opt-in’ ticketing initiative, one of the first such programs to exist in the sports world,” noted David Muller, membership director of the Green Sports Alliance.
This is for ONLINE purchase of tickets to events that happen in MAY 2013 – a MotoGP motorcycle racing series and a V8 Supercars Australian touring cars racing series.
I know we’re still wondering what an F1 racing track is doing here… but I’m starting to think about it: I really like going fast.
Thanks to a previous job, I’ve driven cars around a race track before so I know it’s super fun. And I’ve driven a motorcycle before, so that’s super fun. And even though I drive a minivan now, I still remember what it feels like to drive a 500-hp Corvette, a Bentley, a Harley and a 42-foot sportfisherman. I got to take a Waverunner 60 mph from Long Beach to Catalina Island once. Hell, I even got to take over the controls of a two-man, door-less helicopter over the Bahamas.
WOO-HOO! I’m starting to dig this idea about F1! I know I’m a sucker for philanthropy but… well, it works for me! See y’all at the MotoGP!