• How can a racetrack be sustainable?
  • Sonoma Raceway in partnership with Panasonic have installed nearly 1,700 solar panels, supplying over 40% of the track's energy needs.
  • Sonoma Raceway hosted the debut of the TTXGP U.S. Championships which marked the first zero-emission motorcycle race on American soil.
  • The raceway is home to 3,000 sheep, which help to maintain the grasses and fire lanes around the facility.
  • The pace car at the 2010 Toyota/Save Mart 350 was a Toyota Camry Hybrid.
  • Since 2004, Sonoma Raceway has recycled more than 141 tons.

Leonardo DiCaprio Just Made Electric Racing a Reality

Written by Sonoma Raceway. Posted in Sustainable Racing News

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Venturi Automobiles has teamed up with Leonardo DiCaprio to form the tenth and final team on the grid for Formula E. And just like that, the world’s first fully-electric racing series is born.

DiCaprio and Gildo Pallanca Pastor, the founder of the Monaco-based EV manufacturer, are just the latest big names to join the series. Richard Branson’s Virgin Racing signed on last week, with Drayson Racing, Andretti Autosport, Audi Sport, and Mahindra Racing jumping into the field.

The all-electric racing series will run from September 2014 through June of 2015, with the first racing taking place in Beijing. Ten teams with two drivers each will compete in the series, which will bounce from Malaysia to Rio de Janeiro, Uruguay to Buenos Aires, Los Angeles to Miami, and on to Monte Carlo and Berlin before the season closer in London.

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NASCAR Reaches Five Million Miles on Sunoco Green E15 Biofuel Blend

Written by Sonoma Raceway. Posted in Partner News, Sustainable Racing News

green-flagDAYTONA BEACH, FL – NASCAR announced today that during the NASCAR Nationwide Series(tm) race in Phoenix this past weekend it surpassed more than five million competition miles across its three national series on Sunoco Green E15, a biofuel blended with 15 percent American Ethanol made from American-grown corn. The five million miles have been accumulated across practice, qualifying and racing laps dating to 2011 when the biofuel was introduced to the sport.

Drayson Racing electric car sets new world speed record: 204.2 mph

Written by Sonoma Raceway. Posted in Sustainable Racing News

Drayson-RacingDrayson Racing Technologies has broken the world land speed record for a lightweight electric car.

Its Lola B12 69/EV vehicle hit a top speed of 204.2mph (328.6km/h) at a racetrack at RAF Elvington in Yorkshire.

Chief executive Lord Drayson, who was behind the wheel, said the achievement was designed to highlight electronic vehicle technology’s potential.

NASCAR Green Continues Steady Growth With Addition of Eaton

Written by Sonoma Raceway. Posted in Partner News, Sustainable Racing News

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 1, 2013) – Drivers, charge your engines. NASCAR announced today a new multi-year official agreement with Eaton, a leader in developing global solutions for today’s most critical electrical power management challenges. The new alliance makes Eaton an Official NASCAR Green Partner, with the designation ‘Official EV Charging Solution Provider of NASCAR’ bolstering the growing roster of companies utilizing the NASCAR Green platform to validate technologies that positively impact the environment.

FROM 26 TONS OF RECYCLING TO SOLAR POWER, SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS WAVES THE GREEN FLAG ON A SMART ENVIRONMENTAL TRACK-PRINT

Written by Sonoma Raceway. Posted in In the News, Raceway Announces

green-globe-lgCHARLOTTE, N.C. (April, 2013) – At Speedway Motorsports, Inc., (NYSE:TRK) going green doesn’t just mean the drop of the flag, it is a companywide commitment to reducing material use, recycling materials, tires and oil, improving air and water quality and decreasing energy and water consumption. In fact, SMI’s Green Globe program, launched in 2011, is delivering a dramatic improvement in the company’s environmental track-print.

SMI operates eight of the country’s largest sporting facilities, including Atlanta Motor Speedway in Atlanta, GA; Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN; Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC; Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, CA; Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY; Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV; New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH; Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX.

“We’re proud of the environmental improvements made at all of the SMI facilities to create unique programs to reduce waste, save energy and recycle materials, and we’ve used that learning to benchmark their processes for the entire organization,” said Marcus Smith, President and Chief Operating Officer of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. “In our third year of this initiative, we’ve made great gains in our recycling and conservation efforts, dramatically improving our environmental track-print across the country.”

See the details of Speedway Motorsports Green Globe Initiatives >>

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive

Written by Sonoma Raceway. Posted in Sustainable Racing News

13_0258aThe SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive, Mercedes-AMG uses technology from Formula 1 represents the most exclusive and dynamic form of electric motoring. The most powerful AMG high-performance vehicle of all time has four electric motors producing a total output of 552 kW and maximum torque of 1000 Nm making the gullwing model the world’s fastest electrically-powered series production vehicle. The SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive accelerates from zero to 100 km/h (62mph) in a mere 3.9 seconds.

The most “electrifying” gullwing model ever has been developed in-house by Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The extremely powerful high-voltage battery for the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is the result of the collaboration between Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth in the UK. Here, the British Formula 1 experts were able to draw on their extensive experience with KERS hybrid concepts.

UPS, Nascar Work to Give Racing a ‘Greener’ Image

Written by Sonoma Raceway. Posted in Sustainable Racing News

OB-WK429_nascar_E_20130220004034For Nascar, which sanctions top-tier stock-car racing in the U.S., 2013 is a big year for new vehicles. Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Co., and General Motors Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. rolled out new cars for the season that are designed to be more efficient and look more like their street-driven counterparts.

Now delivery company UPS is getting into the act by rolling out a new truck used for trackside deliveries in time for next weekend’s Daytona 500.

BMW Reveals New Electric Concept i3

Written by Sonoma Raceway. Posted in Sustainable Racing News

The BMW i3 Concept with eDrive is an uncompromisingly sustainable vehicle designed for urban areas. Driven purely by electric power and purpose-built to meet the demands of sustainable and emission-free mobility it embodies an intelligent form of urban transportation and commuting. BMW i goes beyond reinventing mobility. The all-electric BMW i3 Concept Coupe is the latest, beautifully-designed take on the upcoming megacity vehicle, setting a new standard for sustainable design and electric driving exhilaration.

Motor Trend picks Tesla S as 2012 car of the year

Written by Sonoma Raceway. Posted in Sustainable Racing News

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Motor Trend magazine has named the Tesla Model S its Car of the Year. The magazine’s staff selected the all-electric plug-in luxury car out of a field of 11 finalists that included models such as the Ford Fusion, Porsche 911 and Hyundai Azera. It is the first time the magazine’s Car of the Year award has ever gone to an all-electric car. Just being electric wasn’t enough to earn the Model S the prize, though.

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