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NASCAR Race To Green Initiative
From extended mileage oil to tree planting, NASCAR is celebrating its fifth year of an industry-wide initiative to reduce environmental impact.

Danica Patrick, driver for Stewart-Haas Racing in the No. 10 Ford Fusion, helped Mobil 1 spotlight its Mobil 1 Annual Protection — allowing drivers to go one full year or 20,000 miles between oil changes — with a ceremonial pour in Victory Lane. “It’s nice to have Mobil on our car for the first time this year. It’s a nice-looking paint scheme with the addition of green, which is important to us,” said Patrick. “I read somewhere that we could save two billion quarts of oil a year if all of us went to annual protection.” (Source: Bluefield Daily Telegraph)

A key pillar of NASCAR Race to Green is a call-to-action for fans and the industry to donate trees that will be planted across the country as well as in areas recently devastated by natural disasters. Fans can visit NASCAR.com/green to donate trees – $1 per tree for a 2-3 foot sapling – to be planted in those areas with the support of the Arbor Day Foundation. (Source: Yahoo! Sports)

Drivers have racked up more than 10 million competition miles on Sunoco Green E15, demonstrating that the ethanol blended biofuel stands up to high performance racing while significantly reducing emissions. Safety-Kleen delivers its oil recycling and re-refining services to the track each weekend, ensuring all cleaning solvents, oil, fluids and lubricants are recaptured and incorporated into useable products. NASCAR also features many teams and tracks using solar power as a renewable energy source, including: Daytona International Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Sonoma Raceway, Roush Fenway Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports. (Source: Marketing Daily)

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Pocono Raceway Solar Farm Feeds The Community
In August 2010 the 3MW Pocono Solar Project came online after just 3 months of construction. Consisting of nearly 40,000 American-made photovoltaic modules covering 25 acres, the Pocono Solar Farm has produced over 18 Million kilowatt-hours (kWh) to date, and was originally projected to produce more than 72 Million kWh of energy over the first 20 years.

The environmental attributes associated with the system will offset more than 2,300 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually--equivalent to the emissions from 106,529 propane BBQ grills--and it will generate enough power to meet the electricity needs for close to 300 homes beyond the power needs of the Raceway. Pocono Raceway's Solar Farm is able to meet 100% of the facility's power needs as well as offset all of the additional power required by NASCAR during an event at Pocono. During the summer months, the raceway uses approximately 50 sheep to help maintain the grass within the confines of the solar project.

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