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

LIRR Adds Later Trains from Atlantic Terminal, Barclays Center

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nets fans and Barclays Center concertgoers need not stress about missing the last Long Island Rail Road train home from the Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn.That’s because the LIRR added four late-night eastbound trains from the transit hub across the street from the new venue to accomodate the 334-percent increase in ridership on the line since Barclays’ debut last September.“Barclays Center has been every bit the draw we had anticipated it would be, creating a whole new customer stream for the LIRR,” LIRR President Helena Williams said in January.The last train out of Brooklyn used to be at 11:55 p.m. but the LIRR added trains that ran through 12:41 p.m. after the center opened. Now, after the LIRR new schedule went into effect this week, the latest train from the Atlantic Terminal is 1:42 a.m. on weekends and 1:37 a.m. on weekdays.That trains mark the restoration of service that was cut years prior during the MTA’s budget crunch. Four westbound trains to Brooklyn were also restored to the schedule.The LIRR said in January that before the Barclays Center opened, an average of 990 riders to the train to the Atlantic Terminal on a typical Thursday evening and another 430 riders boarded trains leaving the station.Those figures jumped to 3,135 and 3,835, respectively, on Thursday, Oct. 11, the first of two Barbra Streisand concerts at the center. The biggest night yet—4,852 riders to Brooklyn and 5,377 from—was Dec. 11, when the Nets hosted the Knicks for the first time as crosstown rivals.Brooklyn-bound LIRR ridership is sure to continue to increase once the New York Islanders move to the Barclays Center from Nassau Coliseum. Big name acts on Barclays’ concert calendar next month include Alicia Keys, Green Day and Bob Seger.last_img read more

Bill to Bulldoze CPO injustice

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The real reason Arsenal want Nicolas Pepe and Wilfried Zaha instead of new defenders

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal conceded 51 goals in the Premier League last season (Picture: Getty)With Arsenal boasting two of the division’s most prolific forwards in Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, many fans and pundits have questioned the wisdom of investing so heavily in a at least one new winger.According to the Press Association, however, Arsenal undertook a forensic analysis of last season’s run-in and concluded their dreadful away form, which saw them lose at Everton, Wolves and Leicester in quick succession, would most likely be remedied by adding more pace and skill to their forward line.Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan contributed just 10 goals and nine assists between them last season prompting Emery to switch to a five-man defence and placing the creative emphasis on his wing-backs, primarily Saed Kolasinac.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterThursday 1 Aug 2019 10:51 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Arsenal are set to announce the club-record signing of Nicolas Pepe (Picture: Getty)The enthusiasm generated by Pepe’s imminent arrival, however, has been offset slightly by ongoing concerns around a defence which badly undermined last season’s pursuit of Champions League qualification.Arsenal conceded 51 goals last season, as they did the previous campaign, finished a point outside the top four and capitulated in the Europa League final against Chelsea.With captain Laurent Koscielny effectively on strike and new recruit William Saliba returning to Saint-Etienne on-loan, Calum Chambers represents the only new centre-half for Emery to call upon ahead of the season opener against Newcastle in just over a week’s time.The England international spent last season at Fulham and although he won the club’s Player of the Season award, he impressed largely in a defensive midfield position. Arsenal are on the verge of completing the club-record signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are set to confirm the club-record signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille and, according to reports, maintain an interest in Wilfried Zaha.Unai Emery turned his attention to the 24-year-old, who scored 22 goals last season and registered 11 assists, after Crystal Palace rejected an opening £40million bid for the former Manchester United forward.Lille will receive £72m from Arsenal but, crucially, were happy to accept payment in installments over the course of a five-year contract that was signed earlier this week ahead of an official announcement.After a sluggish start to their summer transfer activity, Arsenal fans are suddenly looking forward to the new season with Josh Kroenke, the son of majority shareholder Stan, delivering on his promise to make exciting signings.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citycenter_img Advertisement Comment The real reason Arsenal want Nicolas Pepe and Wilfried Zaha instead of new defenderslast_img read more

Pittsburgh reaches agreement with Big East to leave for ACC in 2013

first_img Published on July 18, 2012 at 8:07 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Two days after Syracuse reached an agreement with the Big East to leave the conference one year early, Pittsburgh agreed to similar terms with the league.The Big East announced in a press release Wednesday that the league members will vote in accordance with the conference’s bylaws to end the Panthers’ membership with the conference effective July 1, 2013. Pittsburgh will pay $7.5 million to the league, which includes the $5 million exit fee, as well as an additional $2.5 million to terminate the membership earlier than the required 27-month exit period.In the past year, the Big East has expanded to include eight teams from coast-to-coast to make up for the losses of SU, Pittsburgh and West Virginia. TCU also left the conference for the Big 12 without ever playing a single game as a member of the Big East.Big East interim commissioner Joe Bailey said in the release that Pitt’s departure allows the league to continue to move forward.“This is another step for the Big East to take toward a very exciting future,” Bailey said. “With the addition of our eight new members, the Big East will be incredibly strong and vibrant.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse and Pittsburgh announced their intentions to head to the Atlantic Coast Conference at the same time last September, but their departure dates remained uncertain until this week.Pittsburgh filed a lawsuit against the Big East in May after West Virginia sued the conference and agreed to a settlement to leave for the Big 12 in 2012. The Orange, though, chose to avoid litigation and reached an agreement with the conference Monday.Either way, both are heading to the ACC early and will be members of the conference in 2013.“We have appreciated and enjoyed our membership in the Big East and wish them much success in the future,” Pittsburgh athletic director Steve Pederson said in the release. “We are anxious to compete in our final season in the Big East and look forward to an exciting future in the Atlantic Coast Conference.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Annenberg forum debates the uses of Google Glass

first_imgRobert Hernandez, Marcia Dawkins and several other USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism faculty and graduate students held “Storytelling with Google Glass,” a forum about the impact and the possible uses of Google Glass in the field of journalism. The event was the first in a weekly journalism and public relations forum series, to be held every Tuesday at noon.Faculty members and forum attendees tried out the new product and discussed its implications for journalism. Google Glass is a wearable computer with a prism that projects images directly in front of the eyes. Currently, Google Glass is very limited, with only a small amount of apps available, though Google has released the code for third-party developers to work on.“The functionality of Google Glass will be much [greater] once native applications for it are developed,” said David Carr, a sophomore majoring in computer science and a “Google Glass explorer.”According to the forum, Google Glass needs to be tethered to an Android smartphone in order to fulfill most of its functions, including news streaming and access to social media sites.“The biggest downside is definitely the lack of internet connectivity,” said Alex Leavitt, a doctoral candidate in communications at Annenberg who owns a pair of Google Glass.The main focus of the forum was the product’s use in journalism. Hernandez and Leavitt presented a few examples of how they used Google Glass to take point-of-view videos.Hernandez said he believes that the main impact the glasses will have is not in content creation, but rather content delivery, by changing the way users of Glass receive news and other publications.“It’s another tool in our toolbox, and it’s definitely something,” Hernandez said.The Glass explorers demonstrated that taking pictures requires only a few hand swipes across the touch-sensitive panel on the left side of the device , or a voice command, making it much faster and simpler than using a phone camera. Glass explorers also spoke about how, for them, Google Glass will be a catalyst for discussions of privacy because using the glasses makes the wearer acutely aware of privacy violations.“I think Google Glass is a cool idea, but it would sometimes be pretty intrusive on privacy,” said John Atyeo, a freshman majoring in chemical engineering.The forum leaders also touched on how Google Glass affected the social aspects of their lives.“I had to force myself to wear it,” Hernandez said. Sometimes, he said his friends cracked jokes at his expense, or he would draw unnecessary attention in public. Other Google Glass wearers mentioned that they had to deal with strangers being scared or put off after seeing that they were wearing Google Glass.Despite a small amount of awkwardness, the general vibe of the forum was that this was something on the cutting edge.“Google Glass kind of symbolizes our entrance into an era in which our lives become more wholly dependent on technology,” said Sarah Joh, an undecided freshman. Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Mt. Sentinel Volleyball Campers

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to showcase the contingent in the latest edition of Team of the Week.The squad attending the week long Grade 6-10 camp, coached by veteran Mount Sentinel Volleyball coach Joe Moreira and assistant Maya Mierau, include Jerika Perepolkin, Katie Lisk, Emerson Schmidt, Chloe Zdebiak, Bryce Winters, Maddy Bayoff, Roanne Smith, Leanne, Zarikoff,Kira Stoochnoff, Mary Rose Goodwin, Asia Makortoff, Brynn Belland, Jaylen Rushton, Haley Soukeroff and Katie Berlinger. The athletic season is in high gear as the fall sports capture center stage on the BC High School Sports scene.A few volleyball players got a head start to the season by attending the Mount Sentinel Camp prior to the start of the school season.last_img