American Ethanol powers NASCAR Green, innovation

first_imgIt now boasts the largest recycling program in sports, the largest solar-powered sports facility (Pocono Raceway) and a massive tree-planting program to off-set carbon emissions from its Sprint Cup Series races.But fuel is fundamental in racing, and making the decision to switch to a drastically different formula was not only a matter of science but of overall vision.“There was a significant degree of caution from the start and we had to be absolutely certain,’’ said Dr. Mike Lynch, managing director of NASCAR Green Innovation. “We had to take all the risk out through hard work, time and careful analysis. We needed performance without compromise and we’ve ended up with all the good things and no negative trade-offs.’’The 15-percent ethanol blend has transitioned from carburetors to fuel injection engines and from the Car of Tomorrow to the 2013 debut of the Generation-6 cars, thanks to a concerted and diverse effort from NASCAR, its teams, manufacturers and a nearly three-year old partnership with the American Ethanol industry.Hundreds of man-hours and even more manpower went into developing this project through track tests, engineering trials and engine dynos. That effort resulted in an E15 blend that produces 20 percent less emissions from the race cars, and just as importantly, a 9 to 12 horsepower increase.“We’ve come a long way and I really give NASCAR credit for their green initiative,’’ said Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, an American Ethanol advocacy group. “This wasn’t something the government made them do or they were forced to do.“I think you have to give NASCAR a lot of credit for being bold enough to undertake the initiative. Not only has (NASCAR Chairman) Brian France talked the talk, but he’s walked the walk. They’ve put over 3 million miles on these cars in practice, qualifying and race conditions without any problems and for us, that’s a real validator of our product.“You couldn’t ask for a tougher testing ground.’’In May, NASCAR will have accumulated four million miles fueled by E15 among NASCAR’s three series without so much as a hiccup or disparaging word. And NASCAR fans, long known for their extreme loyalty, have taken note.According to a study conducted in 2012, NASCAR fans are now 50 percent more likely than non-fans to support the use of ethanol blended gasoline in their own cars. The study also found they are now 100 percent more likely than non-fans to indicate their households are “very green” — all encouraging statistics that show NASCAR it is proceeding in the right direction.”The Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, says, ‘Look, if it’s good enough for Jimmie Johnson, it’s good enough for my car,’” Buis said. “And that’s exactly the connection I think we’re making with this partnership.”“I think what’s really impressive about NASCAR is the fans are very well educated,’’ Buis continued. “They follow the sport closely, they listen to people and that was one of the reasons we were attracted to work with NASCAR. We know we have a good product, but it doesn’t matter if you have a good product if you don’t get the message out there.“I like to tell people, there’s no sport more American than NASCAR and no fuel more American than ethanol. It’s a natural fit.’’For more information on NASCAR Green initiatives, visit the official NASCAR Green website here.READ MORE: FULL SERIES COVERAGE• View all articles  • View all videos  • View all photos WATCH: Edwards returns to Victory Lane WATCH: Bowyer hits pit crew member READ: Carl Edwards ends losing streak ___________________________________________________________________________________________We apologize. We are having technical issues with our comment sections and fan community and it is temporarily unavailable. We are actively working on these issues and hope to have it up and running soon. We are also working on enhancements to provide a better forum for our fans. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience. READ: Phoenix a different story for Danica One bold initiative and almost four million miles later, NASCAR’s switch to American Ethanol-infused fuel for its race cars has gone so smoothly it’s difficult to imagine a time when the sport wasn’t using it.Not only has the move to Sunoco Green E15 gasoline proven to be an environmentally beneficial decision, it’s actually boosted the performance of the race cars in all three of NASCAR’s marquee series — lowering emissions and increasing horsepower.The ultimate endorsement came when the sport’s favorite son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., declared “a seamless transition” to Green E15 fuel upon winning the 2011 Daytona 500 pole position — the first time out with the American Ethanol blend. And just like that, any doubts or fears that fans or competitors had about such a radical change in fuel were quickly dispelled.“Without fuel, we’re not able to race so there was a lot of pressure on making sure we got it right,’’ said NASCAR Vice President for Competition Robin Pemberton. “We were proud to be able to do that. It wasn’t that long ago we were using leaded fuel, then moved on to unleaded and that was a big change, and then the move to ethanol came just a couple short years after that.“Because it goes under the radar when things are successful, they probably don’t receive the hype they deserve.’’In terms of significance, this ranks right up there. When NASCAR went green five years ago, it went big. Move to American Ethanol ‘a seamless transition’last_img read more

NASCAR Diversity Internship Program has All-Star kickoff

first_imgNASCAR HRCameron JoeDavidson CollegeCharlotte, N.C. “Fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment makes us stronger as an organization.”—Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development OrganizationIntern NameUniversityHometown NASCAR BroadcastingVictoria GarciaSoutheastern UniversityMiami, Fla. NASCAR R&DBrian Lee*Purdue UniversityTysons Corner, Va. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 23, 2013) — With eventual landing spots ranging from NASCAR to E! News, the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program has offered diverse students an opportunity to work in one of the largest professional sports industries in the United States. This year, 19 diverse college students will have the opportunity to complete a 10-week, paid summer internship through the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP). The program has placed the new crop of students in varying positions and organizations throughout the NASCAR industry with the hopes of finding the next wave of industry leaders.“Fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment makes us stronger as an organization,” said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development. “For over a decade, the NDIP has created opportunities for multicultural college students to take on substantive projects in our industry to help prepare them up for long-term success after completing college.”Founded in 2000, the NDIP provides comprehensive involvement in the NASCAR ecosystem by offering internships with teams, tracks, broadcast partners and marketing partners. In addition to the NASCAR, GRAND-AM and American Le Mans Series offices in Daytona Beach, Fla., Charlotte, N.C., Braselton, Ga., and New York, the 2013 interns are working at NASCAR’s partner companies such as Rev Racing, Daytona International Speedway, Taylor Strategy and Octagon.NDIP has served as a valuable employment pool for NASCAR partners as well as other companies and industries by providing students hands-on experiences across various disciplines, including marketing, engineering, communications, licensing, diversity and public affairs. This year’s class includes five returning students who have demonstrated exceptional skills and dedication across NASCAR in previous years.The 2013 class began their NASCAR experience with an orientation session during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., before departing for their various assignments for the summer.The 2013 NDIP class includes the following students from universities around the nation: NASCAR MG EngineeringCameron McCarty*North Carolina State UniversityJackson, Miss. NASCAR DiversityAntoinette DiazUniversity of West GeorgiaCarrollton, Ga. OctagonJusan Hamilton*Ithaca CollegeIthaca, N.Y. NASCAR Racing OperationsPaige SanchezEmbry-RiddleHouston, Texas NASCAR Digital MediaMelia SigmonHigh Point UniversityDenver, N.C. NASCAR B&C MarketingMarco SanchezGeorgia State UniversityNorcross, Ga. NASCAR Team PropertiesLorena RoblesFull Sail UniversitySan Juan, P.R. READ MORE: READ: Full coverage from Charlotte WATCH: Danica Patrick Press Pass Taylor StrategyEdgar VelizUniversity of HoustonHouston, Texas NASCAR IMCSunghwan KimSyracuse UniversityLouisville, Ky. NASCAR Industry ServicesRachel AlmarioClayton State UniversityMcDonough, Ga. NASCAR IMCKelsey NelsonUniversity of MarylandGermantown, Md. Program offers professional development opportunities to students nationwide DISEvanna HowellWinston-Salem State UniversityMalden, Mass. Rev RacingPedro Mojica*University of Texas – San AntonioKilleen, Texas READ: Johnson wins Sprint All-Star Race NASCAR FoundationLauren HoustonUniversity of North CarolinaFayetteville, N.C. READ: Faulty transmission KO’s Keselowski ALMS (Georgia)Dontavius AllenGeorgia State UniversityGriffin, Ga. NASCAR Public AffairsRobert Harbour*Florida State UniversityPensacola, Fla. ___________________________________________________________________________________________Comments are currently unavailable. We’re working on the development of a NASCAR fan forum – please stay tuned.last_img read more

Jam Cruise Shares Video Of ALO’s Funky Pool Deck Performance [Pro-Shot]

first_imgFollowing the hype of their recent lineup announcement for 2017, Jam Cruise has continued the excitement with this throwback video from ALO‘s Pool Deck set from earlier this year. You can catch guitarist/vocalist Dan Lebowitz & Friends, featuring Robert Walter, Jay Lane, Garret Sayers, and Lesley Grant on the boat this January for Jam Cruise 15.Performing “Pobrecito,” watch ALO’s pro-shot video below:Jam Cruise 15 will see headlining performances from The Original Meters, moe., GRiZ and Galactic. The lineup beyond that continues with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and a rare set from the beloved Benevento Russo Duo. More great performers: Lettuce, Kamasi Washington, The Revivalists, The Motet, Beats Antique (Live), Break Science, JoJo’s Mardi Gras Band, The Soul Rebels, Dopapod, Vulfpeck, Turkuaz, and so many more.last_img read more

Massive Grateful Dead Tribute Album To Be Played At Listening Parties Nationwide

first_imgAfter years of work, Day of the Dead, a massive, multi-artist tribute to the Grateful Dead curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National is almost ready for the world to hear. The brothers brought together more than 70 artists from a wide range of eras and genres to reinterpret the Dead’s music for a new generation, and the result is nothing short of impressive: a 59-track, 5+ hour compilation featuring performances from Béla Fleck, Bob Weir, Bruce Hornsby, Charles Bradley, Flaming Lips, Joe Russo, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Mumford & Sons, The National, The War On Drugs, Wilco and more. Proceeds from the album’s sales will support the Red Hot Organization‘s mission to fight HIV/AIDS.In conjunction with SweetWater Brewing Company, the band has planned a series of listening parties across the country for fans to come together and experience the project ahead of its May 20th release. See below for the full list of Day of the Dead listening parties (NOTE: All events will take place on May 19th unless noted otherwise):Get out to the listening party closest to you to enjoy a truly unique Grateful Dead experience! You can listen to some of the grooving new tracks here.last_img read more

Bob Weir And John Mayer Discuss Dead & Company’s Purpose On CBS

first_imgThis morning, the Dead & Company band were profiled on an exciting CBS Sunday Morning segment. Airing on the morning before the band’s Bonnaroo appearance, a web exclusive video from an interview with Bob Weir and John Mayer goes in-depth about the group’s overall purpose.Weir goes into how the band is finding their own voice and message, when interviewer Anthony Mason asks him how long that typically takes. Weir cheekily responds, “Time,” before Mayer chimes in about his nervousness to do the Grateful Dead’s catalog justice. Of course Weir assuages his fears with his own confidence, showing a playful exchange between the two Grateful guitarists.Mayer then talks about how he prepared for the role of lead guitarist, with nothing but praise for the technique and talents of Jerry Garcia. You can watch the full video here.last_img read more

Widespread Panic Brings Legendary ‘Mountain Jam’ To Vegas [Audio]

first_imgSetlist: Widespread Panic at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV – 7/11/16Set 1: One Arm Steve, Machine > Barstools & Dreamers, The Last Straw > Mountain Jam > Let’s Get The Show On The Road, Steven’s Cat, Weight of the World*, Tail Dragger*, High Time We Went*Set 2: Pigeons, Solid Rock, Sell Sell, Porch Song > Low Spark of High Heeled Boys**, Big Wooly Mammoth** > Drums^ > Cease Fire > Blue Indian, Protein Drink / Sewing MachineEncore: Expiration Day, Climb To SafetyNotes:* w/ Dirty Dozen Brass Band** w/ Gregory Davis, Trumpet; Efrem Towns, Trumpet^ Duane only[H/T JamBase] Widespread Panic rocked their three-night run at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel Casino in Las Vegas over the weekend, with full support from Dirty Dozen Brass Band at all three shows. The phrase “Never Miss A Sunday Show” rang true, especially for this historical WSP performance.Four songs into their set led to an explosive surprise for the loyal fanbase. While executing their 1991 tune “The Last Straw,” Jimmy Herring used his guitar to signal a subtle segue toward what turned into a ten-minute version of The Allman Brothers Band classic “Mountain Jam.” While the Panic has played a full “Mountain Jam” before, it hadn’t been done since 1988, a full 2,744 shows ago. This marks the band’s biggest bust out in their 30-year career.The song choice, whether planned in advance or not, comes close to home for members of Widespread Panic. With Jimmy Herring having played with ABB in the summer of 2000, remaining a frequent collaborator since, and with drummer Duane Trucks, nephew of original ABB drummer Butch Trucks, brother to guitarist Derek Trucks, and another frequent inhabitant of the ABB drum kit, there was enough blood on the stage to resonate with fans of either southern rock band. While the Allman Brothers’ version of the song went on for sometimes up to an hour, this ten minute bust out will surely be remembered in WSP history for years to come.Enjoy the audio of “The Last Straw” > “Mountain Jam” in the clip below, courtesy of taper Todd Hodulik via PanicStream:last_img read more

Big Gigantic Has Launched Their Own Strain Of Marijuana

first_imgWith the legalization of recreational marijuana in various states, it’s no surprise that musicians are taking the opportunity to brand some of this newly-legal product and call it their own. Saxophonist/producer GRiZ was among the first to team up with growers to create Griz Kush, and of course rappers like Snoop Dogg have been involved with weed for years.The newest artist to get in that game is Big Gigantic, as the beloved duo has just detailed a new strain of weed called Cookies & Dream. Personally curated by Dominic Lalli of Big G, the strain mixes Blue Dream with Girl Scout Cookies, and was grown up by Native Roots in Colorado.To celebrate the new plant’s release, Lalli and Jeremy Salken will be at the Native Roots shop tomorrow at, you guessed it, 4:20 PM![H/T This Song Is Sick]last_img read more

Jack White Performs A Prairie Home Companion Acoustic Set With Chris Thile [Video]

first_imgJack White has been on a bit of a sabbatical from performing live over the last year. However, White decided to take to the stage last night at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN, for a special acoustic set at the opening night of A Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile‘s tour. The Punch Brothers‘ mandolinist has recently taken over host duties from originator Garrison Keillor for the ‘Companion’ traveling show.With the First-Call Radio Players backing him, Thile performed a set of unabashed Americana music, including a cover of Bob Dylan‘s “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” Thile invited White out for a four-song set, which saw the guitarist perform alongside Thile, with a backing band made up of Lillie Mae Rische (fiddle), Fats Kaplin (pedal steel guitar), and Dominic Davis (bass).White performed The Raconteurs‘ “Carolina Drama,” The White Stripes‘ “City Lights” and “I’m Lonely (But I Ain’t That Lonely Yet)” with fellow Third Man Records artist Margo Price, and the 1969 Bobby Bare hit “(Margie’s At) The Lincoln Park Inn.”Check out some video from the performance below. A full stream of the show can also be viewed at www.prairiehome.org. Thile will be hosting and traveling with the A Prairie Home Companion show through early 2017 with a variety of special guests including Esperanza Spalding, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Jason Isbell, and more. For upcoming dates, check out the website here.Jack White w/ Margo Price “I’m Lonely (But I Ain’t That Lonely Yet)”:Chris Thile “Get It Out On The Radio”:“City Lights”:last_img read more

Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake, & Palmer and King Crimson Has Passed Away

first_imgThe unfortunate passings of the music industry’s finest continue to stun as 2016 comes to a close. Yesterday, Greg Lake passed away. According to his manager Stewart Young in a Facebook post, “Yesterday, December 7th, I lost my best friend to a long and stubborn battle with cancer. Greg Lake will stay in my heart forever, as he has always been. His family would be grateful for privacy during this time of their grief.”At 69 years old, he was best known as the singer and bassist for King Crimson before becoming the bassist, guitarist, singer and lyricist for Emerson, Lake & Palmer. He was a staple member of both groups and remains a legend of progressive rock and roll. With Keith Emerson’s death earlier this year, 2016 has truly been a terrible year for fans of the famed trio.In memory of Greg Lake, let’s honor some of his greatest moments in music history:Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer performing “Lucky Man” at the California Jam in 1974:Emerson, Lake & Palmer perform “Fanfare For The Common Man” live in Montreal in 1977. This footage is from the “Works: Orchestral Tour”. Shot on August 26, 1977 at Montreal’s famed Olympic Stadium.Greg Lake In The Court Of The Crimson King Live 2005:“I Believe In Father Christmas” is a song by Greg Lake. Although it is often categorized as a Christmas song this was not Lake’s intention. Lake wrote the song in protest at the commercialization of Christmas.King Crimson – EPITAPH live In The Court of the Crimson King Steve Hackett & Greg Lake & WettonOur thoughts and prayers are with Lake’s friends and family.last_img read more

Disco Biscuits Announce Four-Night Bisco Inferno Run, One Night At Red Rocks With Shpongle

first_imgThe Disco Biscuits are bringing back Bisco Inferno with a newly announced Red Rocks date for 2017. The Biscuits will be joined by Shpongle (Simon Posford live) on June 3rd, as well as by other acts yet to be announced, for their return to the legendary venue. As a lead-up to Bisco Inferno, the Disco Biscuits will be hitting the Ogden Theatre in Denver for three intimate nights falling on May 31st, June 1st, and June 2nd.Four-day passes go on sale tomorrow, January 24th, at 10 AM (MST) via BiscoTix Fanclub, which can be found here. Single tickets for the Red Rocks show will drop Friday at 10 AM (MST).last_img