Michelin Green X press release
MAZDA JOINS MICHELIN® GREEN X® CHALLENGE WINNERS
Isobutanol Fueled Mazda Prototype, Porsche Wins GT With E85R
BALTIMORE (August 20, 2011) – Mazda power and Isobutanol fuel made history in the 26th MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge as Mazda became the 12th different manufacturer to claim victory in America’s premiere environmental motorsports competition here in the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix.
The victory was also the first for Isobutanol fuel, the Oryx Dyson team, and for drivers Steven Kane of Ireland and Humaid Al Masaood of the UAE.
“Getting that MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge award today is more important to us than even winning the race,” said John Doonan, Director of Mazda Motorsports. “As a small car company we work to do things efficiently. That includes producing highly efficient small displacement engines. Winning the MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge is a huge deal for us.”
“It is also a big deal for us to score the first MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge award for Isobutanol,” said Doonan..
Presenting the award was Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency of the U.S. Department of Energy.
Taking the MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge victory in the GT category was the Walker Racing Team Falken Porsche of Bryan Sellers and Wolf Henzler. The victory was the 12th in MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge competition for Porsche. Presenting the GT category award was Karl Simon, Director, Compliance, and Innovative Strategies Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Both MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge winners also won their respective categories in the two-hour race on a temporary 2.04 mile circuit through the streets of downtown Baltimore. This marks the 23rd and 24th times in the history of the competition that the winners on the track also captured the MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge awards for being clean, fast and efficient.
“In the first 25 MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge races, we saw a tremendous range of diversity in cars, manufacturers, teams and energies and that has certainly carried over into the 26th race,” said Silvia Mammone, manager, motorsports, Michelin North America. “We congratulate Mazda on its first MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge and the team and drivers for once again proving that clean, fast and efficient cars can deliver great performance.”