Pocono Raceway has become the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race track to release a Sustainability Report touting its sustainability and green efforts.
Pocono Raceway President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky issued the report today, days before the NASCAR XFINITY Series Pocono Green 250 race.
“We are very proud to make this report available to the public,” said Igdalsky. “We had a lot of help from NASCAR Green, the Green Sports Alliance and Penn State among many others and we are grateful for their assistance. This report showcases our diversion efforts as well recycling, food donation and much more as we try to do all we can at Pocono Raceway.”
In addition to the report, Igdalsky also announced that Pocono Raceway has increased the amount of special waste receptacles to separate waste from recyclables and compostable materials in select areas of the raceway. The containers will allow fans to properly depose of items in Igdalsky’s quest for 75% diversion at the raceway. “This is the next step in our process to hit our goals and fans will see more of this as we progress the plan,” he said.
Continuing in the recycling efforts, Monster Energy NASCAR Free Friday at Pocono Raceway is set for June 9. Fans can bring any size empty Monster Energy can to be recycled and will be admitted free of charge.
Justin Zeulner, Executive Director of the Green Sports Alliance will serve as Grand Marshal’s for Saturday’s Pocono Green 250. He will also tour Pocono Raceway’s 39,960-module Solar Farm, meet with representatives from NASCAR Green while proving an up-close view of all Pocono Raceway does.
Each week Motorsport.com will feature a driver, crew member or car owner from NASCAR’s only sanctioned touring series in Canada.
In the first edition of this new feature from Motorsport.com highlighting some of Canada’s best stock car drivers, long-time driver, car owner and crew chief Joey McColm will be featured. The Ajax, Ontario native has been competing in the sport for nearly 15 years.
Getting to know … Joey McColm
10. Tell me something about you that would surprise your fans?
I love playing scrabble. I’m a big addict of that game. My fiancé Leigh Ann will bug me about it because so competitive even playing a game like I am at racing. I also care deeply about environmental sustainability which is very important to me. We’re members of the Green Sports Alliance and I am an Earth Day Canada ambassador. We are working to bring environmental awareness and programs to NASCAR Canada.
From extended mileage oil to tree planting, NASCAR is celebrating it’s 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; read more here.)
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; read more here)
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; read more here)
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