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Apr 18, 2013

Moment Of Silence To Be Held During Red Bull Grand Prix Of The Americas To Honor Victims Of Recent Tragedies

Circuit of The Americas™ to hold moment of silence honoring victims of Boston Marathon bombings and West, Texas, plant explosion during Red Bull MotoGP of The Americas

AUSTIN, Texas (April 18, 2013) – Circuit of The Americas will ask patrons attending the Red Bull MotoGP of The Americas on Sunday, April 21, to honor the victims of this week’s bombings at the Boston Marathon in Massachusetts and those who killed or injured in a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, near Waco on April 17. Circuit officials will conduct a moment of silence to remember the victims of these recent tragedies just prior to the singing of the National Anthem at approximately 1:50 p.m. CDT.

At last report, the bombings in Boston killed three and injured 180 people, while the plant explosion in West, Texas, may have claimed the lives of as many as 15 people while injuring more than 160 others.

Circuit President Steve Sexton said, “The Circuit of The Americas family was greatly saddened by these tragic events, and we know the international community joining us for MotoGP activities this weekend shares our concern about what happened in Boston on Monday and last night in West, Texas, just 100 miles north of Austin. We will take time prior to Sunday’s MotoGP race to remember those who’ve lost so much this week and to share our deepest sympathies with the victims and their families.”

About Circuit of The Americas
Circuit of The Americas is a world-class destination for premium sports and entertainment. It is 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 is home to the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX while also hosting MotoGP™, V8 Supercars™, GRAND-AM Road Racing™, American Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championships. The Circuit of The Americas’ master plan features a variety of permanent structures designed for business, education, entertainment and race use. Its signature element is a 3.4-mile circuit track. Other support buildings include the Austin360 Amphitheater, an expansive outdoor live music space; an iconic 251-foot, 25-story tower with observation deck; an events and conference center; a banquet hall; and a state-of-the-art medical facility. For more information and downloadable video, audio and photos, visit:, or the Circuit’s dedicated FTP site,
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