MICHELIN® GREEN X® CHALLENGE BRINGS TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATION AND FUEL CONCERNS TO THE FOREFRONT
An Increased Focus on Clean, Fast, Efficient Cars

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SEBRING, FLA (March 15, 2011) – As oil prices push $105 per barrel, the 2011 MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge season-opener at Sebring, Fla. (Mar. 19) offers a glimpse into the future of technology and innovation that become more relevant every day.

“With oil over $105 per barrel as the season begins, the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge is more relevant than ever,” said Scot Elkins, vice-president of the International Motor Sports Association, the sanctioning body for the American Le Mans Series.

Now entering its third season, the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge recognizes the Prototype and GT category cars that prove “cleanest, fastest, most efficient” in the race within the race at every American Le Mans Series event. Similar MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge competitions are now also part of every Asian and European Le Mans Series event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the new Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.

Adding to the competition, the ACO is offering a significant reward for becoming the 2011 MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge champions. At the end of the season, the champions will receive automatic invitations for entry to the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans for 2012, an invaluable prize to any competitor in the American Le Mans Series.

“The ALMS and Le Mans offer very progressive rules that encourage the development of new technologies, electronics and energy forms in competition,” said Silvia Mammone, Michelin motorsports manager. “The MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge provides an incentive and a method to recognize the cleanest, fastest, most efficient cars and help accelerate the development of new technologies through motorsports.”

The 59th edition of the Sebring 12 Hour race will see manufacturers and teams unveil new cars to meet new Prototype category rules for the ALMS and Le Mans that focus on smaller engines, increased efficiency, and reduced fuel and energy use.

Overseen by the Green Racing steering group composed of members of the U.S. Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, SAE International and IMSA, the scores for the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge are determined by the amount and type of energy used; a well–to-wheel (WTW) analysis; race speed and distance; and overall efficiency.

During the 2010 season, seven manufacturers (Peugeot, Honda, Porsche, Lola/Judd, Ferrari, Chevrolet and BMW), ten teams and 12 different cars featuring three different energy sources (GTL, E10 ethanol and second generation E85R) scored MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge wins.

Highcroft Racing HPD won the 2010 MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge Prototype championship while Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche successfully defended the GT championship.

ABOUT THE MICHELIN® GREEN X® CHALLENGE The American Le Mans Series is the only series currently recognized as “Green Racing” by the U. S. Department of Energy; Environmental Protection Agency and SAE International.

The 2010 season ending Petit Le Mans event at Road Atlanta marked the first time that all five energy sources identified in the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy policy were all represented in competition. The five energies are E10 ethanol blended gasoline; E85R second generation cellulosic ethanol; GTL (natural gas to liquid) biodiesel; E10-electric hybrid power and Iso-butanol gasoline.

The MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge trophies are presented to the respective Prototype and GT winners. The bases for the unique MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge trophies are made of rubber recycled from MICHELIN® GREEN X® labeled consumer tires.

-source: michelin