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Apr 23, 2014

COTA Announces Winners Of "KiSS" Sustainability Social Media Contest

Circuit of The Americas™ announces winners of ‘KiSS’ sustainability social media contest at recent MotoGP™ event

AUSTIN, Texas – In conjunction with Earth Day, April 22, Circuit of The Americas (COTA) is pleased to announce the winners of the Keep it Shiny & Sustainable photo (KiSS) contest held during the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas MotoGP event April 11-13. The contest was part of COTA’s implementation of the Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme’s (FIM) KiSS environmental initiative. Contestants tweeted images of themselves promoting sustainable living behaviors, such as picking up trash, recycling, and using reusable water containers, at COTA during the MotoGP event.

Other components of the KiSS program in Austin included recycling throughout the facility, composting in the main kitchens and food court area, and the use of water bottle refill stations. To recognize COTA as the first circuit in North America to implement this program, COTA Chairman Bobby Epstein was awarded a commemorative plaque by Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider and nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi.

Contest winners were selected jointly by the FIM and COTA and will be awarded limited-edition 2014 Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas ball caps autographed by Rossi. Winning photos and tweets are listed below:

At turn 5 we pick up bikes and trash. Keep @circuitamericas clean and green! #KissYourSelfie #ChicksDigCornerworkers

#kissyourselfie #motogp #COTA #FIM. Hooray for sustainability!

#KiSSmyselfie #kisscota after filling our camel backs with delicious water at the filling stations we were leaning

About Circuit of The Americas
Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, is the home of world championships and a world-class destination for premium sports and entertainment. COTA has been nominated as the 2014 “Sports Facility of the Year” by SportsBusiness Journal/Daily. The same publication named COTA’s annual marquee event, the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, “Sports Event of the Year” for 2013. Additionally, COTA is the new North American home for the summer edition of ESPN’s X Games. More than one million visitors come to COTA each year for events such as MotoGP™, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the FIA World Endurance Championships, business and social functions, and more than 20 performances at the venue’s acclaimed Austin360 Amphitheater, winner of Pollstar’s “Best New Major Concert Venue” award for 2013. COTA’s 1,500-acre campus includes a variety of permanent structures, including a 44,000-square foot Event Center, an impressive Main Grandstand with hospitality suites and the Velocity Lounge, a 270,000-square foot Paddock Building with 34 garages, and an iconic 25-story Observation Tower at the heart of the facility. For more information and downloadable video and photos, visit:, or COTA’s dedicated FTP site, Follow COTA on Facebook at and Twitter @circuitamericas and @COTAmedia.

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