INTERSPORT RACING JOINS GREEN RACING REVOLUTION WITH E85 CAMPAIGN IN 2008 AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES Dublin, Ohio - Intersport Racing became the first American Le Mans Series team to run the Series' new cellulosic E85 race fuel on the track.
INTERSPORT RACING JOINS GREEN RACING REVOLUTION WITH E85 CAMPAIGN IN 2008 AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES
Dublin, Ohio - Intersport Racing became the first American Le Mans Series team to run the Series' new cellulosic E85 race fuel on the track. The Dublin, Ohio-based team tested its AER-powered Lola B06/10 on Monday and Tuesday at Sebring International Raceway in preparation for the 56th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida on March 15.
"This was an easy choice for us," remarked Clint Field, team owner and driver. "It's the right thing to do. As one of the pioneer teams that started with the American Le Mans Series in 1999, we wanted to support its efforts in establishing itself as the global leader in Green Racing."
Intersport became the first prototype team in the Series to commit to campaigning on IMSA's cellulosic E85R, supplied by KL Process Design. Corvette Racing will use E85R to power its two factory Corvette C6.Rs in GT1. Drayson Barwell Motorsport will see its Aston Martin Vantage V8 compete on the fuel in GT2. In order to balance the amount of energy in a tank of fuel, all E85R-powered cars will compete with 110 liters compared to E10-powered cars having a maximum capacity of 90 liters.
While consumer ethanol is a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, cellulosic ethanol goes a step further in terms of conservation. It is produced from biomass such as wood waste, switchgrass or citrus.
Earlier this year, the American Le Mans Series reaffirmed its position as motorsports' global leader in alternative fuels by announcing it's partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy and SAE International to incorporate "Green Racing" principles into its 2008 racing season. The American Le Mans Series will be the first motorsports series to meet those criteria.
"We wouldn't have done it if we didn't think it would be beneficial," said Field, who added that discussions with IMSA, the Series' sanctioning body, began during the Sebring Winter Test at the end of January. "The initial readings were good. It produced the same power and ran really well. We're excited about doing something different and we strongly believe in the goals and objectives of the Series. If it brings awareness to alternative fuels, then that's better for everyone."
The American Le Mans Series' 2008 season begins with the 56th running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring March 15 at Sebring International Raceway. For the first time in history America's premier sports car endurance classic will feature teams that will all use clean diesel, E10 gasoline, or E85 ethanol.