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

With the project “Riviera4season2” to the joint cooperation of Portorož and Opatija Riviera

first_imgThe project “Riviera4season2” was approved within the Interreg VA Slovenia-Croatia Program, the City of Opatija, the Municipality of Piran, the Tourist Board of the City of Opatija, the Tourist Board of Portorož, the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management from Ika and the Faculty of Tourism from Portorož. The project is implemented for two destinations, Portorož and Opatija Riviera, but acts as a whole, as a common thread that connects the two Riviera. The theme of the project is the active protection of heritage through the sustainable development of tourism in the vicinity and hinterland of Opatija and Piran, with the aim of expanding the cultural and tourist offer in the newly created itineraries. The project includes innovative approaches for increased integration and joint appearance of the destination in international markets (joint portal, itineraries, events and promotion). As the pressure of tourism will decrease in favor of green sustainable tourism in rural areas, the main beneficiaries of the project will be locals, tourists / visitors, non-profit organizations of the area, companies, their employees and potential start-ups related to natural and cultural heritage use. and a series of educational workshops was launched to raise awareness of sustainable governance and to promote participants in creating green jobs. The total budget of joint activities amounts to about 840 thousand euros, half of which falls on the Croatian side, and the other half on the Slovenian side. The basic task is to create new cross-border product “Feel & Taste” which will establish three new cross-border thematic itineraries, and which will be linked to gastronomy, crafts and cultural and natural heritage and presented through a common portal and smartphone app. In our area, as part of the project and upgrading of previous activities on the development of tourist products: culture, gastronomy, outdoor and wellness, or events: Oasis of Wellness, Gourmet story of the Opatija Riviera, Advent in Opatija (New Year’s Eve and New Year’s toast 2019) and Marunada in Dobreć and a cultural, entertainment and gastronomic summer event in Volosko. In May this year, the City of Opatija and the Opatija Tourist Board organized two successful events “Walk, Art & Wine in Učka, Veprinac & Volosko”. Through the first, held on May 1, Učka and Veprinac became a place where active rest, recreation, stay in beautiful nature with the traditional celebration of Labor Day with the offer of indigenous products and cultural facilities, while on the last day of May a fusion of excellent Volosko gastronomy and attractive entertainment for all ages Volosko became the epicenter of an exciting tourist story that presented all the attributes of this picturesque coastal town. Through this project, the task of the City of Opatija is to invest in the repair, rehabilitation and marking of one section of the road to Veprinac and in the establishment of an interpretation center on the history and present of Volosko.The Slovenian partners will upgrade the existing events in the hinterland of Portorož, such as the Festival of Garlic and Wine in Nova Vas, the Festival of Oil and Pale in Padna, the Kaki Festival in Strunjan and add new ones. In any case, a positive example of how joint cooperation can attract EU funds, as well as generate a new future tourism product. The lesson of this tourist story is that we need a lot more synergy and cooperation than competition. We are too small to compete with each other.last_img read more