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NASCAR Going Green On Ethanol

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Sprint Cup cars will get their power from an ethanol blend of fuel next season. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images)

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Concord, N.C. _ NASCAR’s top three touring series will use an ethanol blend for fuel beginning with the 2011 season.

Sunoco’s E15 fuel, which contains 15 percent ethanol, will be used in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck series as part of the sanctioning body’s “NASCAR Green” environmental initiative.

“NASCAR is committed to being an environmental leader, and the sport has taken significant steps over the years toward conservation by introducing measurable, best-in-class initiatives in recycling, alternative energy and carbon mitigation,” said Brian Z. France, NASCAR’s chairman/CEO.

“The transition to Sunoco Green E15 takes our long-term sustainability strategy to the next level,” France continued. “Sunoco Green E15 is good for racing, good for the environment and good for America. While fueling the same close, door-to-door racing that thrills our fans, American ethanol creates jobs in the United States, helps foster energy independence and continues the greening of our sport.”

NASCAR officials said Saturday teams have tested with the new fuel and the transition from unleaded to the ethanol blend should be seamless.

Fuel will be supplied to the teams by way of tanker trucks, much the way the IZOD IndyCar Series supplies fuel to its teams.

Robin Pemberton, NASCAR’s vice president for competition, said teams expect to gain a little horsepower with the new fuel mixture and that the miles per gallon change will be negligible.

Meanwhile, a pair of industry leaders lauded the impending change.

“Safe. Green. Smart. Quality,” Jamie Allison, director of Ford North America Motorsports, said in a statement. “These are the four pillars of Ford Motor Company and it’s our mission that we are committed to on a daily basis. The journey toward more environmentally-friendly solutions in the automotive business and motorsports is never-ending and we applaud NASCAR for taking this important step toward an ethanol blend of fuel.”

Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president for performance vehicles and motorsports, added: “We strongly support the use of biofuels by every series in which Chevrolet races. It is our goal to utilize our racing programs to link technology from the racetrack to the street, to encourage the use of biofuels and to maintain a high level of brand character in the Chevrolet race cars we have on track. This is a welcome move by NASCAR, and we applaud their efforts to promote a cleaner environment.”

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, October 16 2010
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