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

Mom of pepper-sprayed 9-year-old speaks out against police

first_imgROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The mother of a 9-year-old girl who was handcuffed and pepper-sprayed by Rochester police said the officers involved should be fired. Public outrage has been high since body camera footage released Sunday showed officers restraining and scolding the girl, who was screaming for her father. The city of Rochester suspended the officers on Monday pending the completion of an internal investigation. Elba Pope’s attorneys have filed a notice of claim with the city, which maintains her right to sue. New York Attorney General Letitia James said Monday her office was “looking into” what happened. She called the incident “deeply disturbing and wholly unacceptable.”last_img

WLAX : Goaltender battle intensifies after Richardson’s solid play in net

first_img Comments Published on April 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Alyssa Costantino turned in a sloppy first-half performance against Rutgers on Saturday. Though Syracuse went into the break up one, the sophomore made just four saves and allowed six goals.She allowed a weak rolling shot that took a bad bounce to get through for Rutgers’ first score. Then midway through the first half, Costantino misplayed a bounce shot way in front of the net, letting the ball skip over her head to give the Scarlet Knights a one-goal lead.So as the halftime clock ticked away, it wasn’t Costantino warming up against SU volunteer assistant coach Brett Queener, but Kelsey Richardson. SU head coach Gary Gait called on the freshman for the second half.‘That’s the nice thing about having two goalies. They’ve gone back and forth like this,’ Gait said. ‘We’ve split halves in all but two games so far, and they seem to take turns.’Although Costantino and Richardson have split time in all but two games this season, Saturday was the first time Richardson replaced her counterpart in a close game since playing the final 24-plus minutes of an overtime loss to No. 1 Northwestern on Feb. 29. In Richardson’s action in the seven games since, the Orange has held at least a four-goal advantage when the freshman entered the game. Richardson made six saves and allowed just four goals while holding Rutgers to 1-of-5 on free-position shots to help SU earn the victory.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGait downplayed his decision to switch goalies throughout his postgame press conference, returning time and time again to the statistic that both goalkeepers have played in eight games this season. So on Monday when No. 3 Syracuse (8-2, 3-0 Big East) hosts No. 6 Dartmouth (8-1, 4-0 Ivy League) at 3 p.m. in the Carrier Dome, both goaltenders will be ready to go when their names are called.‘Only two games,’ Gait said. ‘The only two games where we didn’t split were Florida and Maryland. What are we, 8-2? Eight games we’ve split, two we haven’t. The decision was made early.’Richardson held the Scarlet Knights to just one goal in the first 21:42 of the second half, with the final three goals coming when the game was all but over. Syracuse led by five goals with less than nine minutes remaining.Playing primarily in the second half of games this season, Richardson generally has a chance to gain a familiarity with the opposition while watching from the sideline. That was no different Saturday.‘Just seeing the first half and seeing where the shots were going (helped),’ Richardson said. ‘I just wanted to step up for the team, and I wanted to make a statement on the defensive end and get our whole team going.’Richardson noticed from the sidelines in the first half that the ball took some strange hops off the turf to sneak past Costantino.Bounces such as the one that gave the Scarlet Knights their first goal are part of what led to Costantino’s mediocre outing, though she was credited with the win for SU.‘Those are just fluke goals. It happens to all of us,’ Richardson said. ‘But I think that she did a great job, and I think I just tried to stay focused on the ball and where it was going and trying to stop it.’As Gait dismissed the idea of a controversy surrounding the goaltending position, he didn’t say what his plans in net are for the team’s matchup against the Big Green on Monday.Instead, the head coach just repeated one statistic – Richardson and Costantino have split time in eight out of SU’s 10 games.‘One will make a couple more saves than the other and (we’ll) be about 50 percent,’ Gait said. ‘They challenge each other. Knowing that we need a couple extra saves, (Richardson) did a great job.’[email protected]last_img read more

Conway Springs wins big over Bluestem 55-14

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — Conway Springs had no trouble over Bluestem although the proficiency of scoring was slower than usual. See stats here: Conway Springs – Box Score Report – 9_6_2014Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more