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

No more slip-ups, demands Hangeland

first_imgFulham must win their two remaining Barclays Premier League games to avoid relegation, according to captain Brede Hangeland. “It was a big point for us, it was a big thing not letting them get three points – 36 on the table with Fulham on 33 behind us would have been a bit more scary. “I thought we were fully deserving of at least a point, but after they went 2-0 you get to thinking it isn’t going to be our day. We can go to Aston Villa, not switching off, but quietly confident that we are fairly safe.” Hull boss Steve Bruce spent big in January to bring in both Long and Jelavic, with their partnership again proving fruitful at Craven Cottage. But Long hopes the understanding can develop over time as both strikers look to repay the faith shown in them by Bruce. “The gaffer went out on a limb and spent a bit of money getting me and Jelavic in and hopefully I can reward him with goals on the pitch,” added the Republic of Ireland international. “I’m really enjoying it. Jelavic is a handful and puts himself up front which surprised me a bit before I came in. “I think we compliment each other well, but we are still learning off each other and hopefully we can add to our goal tally before the end of the season and then have a full pre-season together.” Press Association Two early second-half goals on Saturday looked set to be enough for the Whites to pick up a valuable three points at home to Hull, only for the FA Cup finalists to hit back with two of their own in the closing 15 minutes. Ashkan Dejagah and Fernando Amorebieta both struck to put Fulham in charge before Nikica Jelavic pulled a goal back after capitalising on a Sascha Reither backpass, with Shane Long heading home an 87th-minute equaliser. A share of the spoils saw Felix Magath’s side remain in the league’s bottom three with just two games left to secure another season of top-flight football. A trip to Stoke next Saturday is followed by a home game against London rivals Crystal Palace on the final day of the campaign, with Hangeland targeting maximum points. “I think we need to win the last two,” he said. “That is clear for everyone to see. Is that impossible? No, it is far from impossible. Of course we can do it. “It is all about doing the business next week and then the week after and hoping that will be enough. It is a massive game next week and we have to win that.” Long grabbed Hull’s late leveller and believes the draw means the Tigers no longer need to look over their shoulders as the relegation fight hots up. “I think it was a massive point for us,” he said. “It keeps them six points behind us with two games left, but with a worse goal difference, so we can look at Fulham as finishing behind us at least. last_img read more

Impact of Man Utd’s summer signings

first_img Press Association Memphis Depay lit up Old Trafford with his Champions League double in Manchester United’s 3-1 victory over Club Brugge on Tuesday night. The 21-year-old made a slow start to life at United following his £25million transfer from PSV Eindhoven. But switching from the number 10 position behind Wayne Rooney to the left flank appears to suit a player given the iconic number seven shirt at Old Trafford. His stunning brace against Club Brugge underlined his reputation in Dutch football as a goalscorer and his cross for Marouane Fellaini’s precious third goal was Beckham-like in its delivery. Looks the complete player and will only get better. BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER Yet to start a game since his high-profile move from Bayern Munich, with Van Gaal admitting the Germany midfielder is still short of full match fitness. But the 31-year-old is a leader and has provided a stabilising influence in his three substitute appearances, replacing fellow veteran Michael Carrick on each occasion. Van Gaal will want to get Schweinsteiger up to speed as quickly as possible to add craft to his midfield, but at this stage it looks a straight choice between him and Carrick to partner the younger Morgan Schneiderlin in the United engine room. MORGAN SCHNEIDERLIN Settled smoothly into the United midfield since his undisclosed transfer from Southampton. The 25-year-old has provided an effective shield with Carrick in front of a much-maligned back four and that should not be under-estimated with only one goal conceded in three matches. Possesses an excellent engine and the Frenchman has also shown he is capable of breaking into forward areas and joining the attack, but the concern for United would be that there is not creativity in central areas to damage top opposition. MATTEO DARMIAN Van Gaal said on United’s pre-season tour of the United States that he was bought for the “second position” behind Antonio Valencia but Darmian has looked anything but back-up since his £12.7million move from Torino. Strong in the tackle and good in the air, the Italy international looks a proper defender, focusing on that side of the job first while still possessing the energy to add attacking penetration. Valencia looks to have a big fight to get his place back after returning late to pre-season from the Copa America. SERGIO ROMERO Has filled the goalkeeping gap with David De Gea apparently unsettled by Real Madrid’s attempts to sign the Spaniard. Argentina’s 2014 World Cup goalkeeper has started all three United games and, in truth, has not had too much to do given the protection in front of him. Romero’s handling has been pretty safe but he was almost embarrassed against Club Brugge when he delayed a clearance and fears persist that he could be prone to the odd error as he grows accustomed to English football. center_img Here, Press Association Sport looks at the impact Louis van Gaal’s summer signings have made so far. MEMPHIS DEPAY last_img read more