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Sebring: Chili Pepper Racing race report

Chili Pepper Racing brings Bio-Diesel to SPEED World Challenge Series at Sebring SCCA Pro Racing and Chili Pepper Racing changed the face of Motorsports With the start of Round 1 SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Series Chili Pepper Racing ...

Chili Pepper Racing brings Bio-Diesel to SPEED World Challenge Series at Sebring

SCCA Pro Racing and Chili Pepper Racing changed the face of Motorsports

With the start of Round 1 SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Series Chili Pepper Racing became the first team to race a production based DIESEL powered car in US Touring car history. In addition, SCCA PRO Racing and Chili Pepper Racing made Motorsport history as the first to approve and race BIO-Diesel fuel in a production based Touring Car Series World Wide.

The #24 Spice Red Volkswagen Jetta TDI was fueled with B50 blend Bio-diesel utilizing "food-grade" soy oil as it base. This falls on the heels of the Motorsports Industry Association International conference on Energy Efficient Motorsports and is part of global trend to develop and promote bio-fuel technologies.

"We made the decision with SCCA Pro Racing to bring performance diesel technology to the SPEED World Challenge Touring Car series." said Osborn."

SCCA Pro Racing's Officials have made a strong effort to keep the cars close to what the race fans are driving to the races.

The Touring Cars have the most direct "race on Sunday, sell on Monday" application and is, what I think, is what is most attractive about our series," explains Osborn. "Technology used to developed parts for our Touring Car have already been incorporated into performance up-grades for street cars by our marketing partners such as STOPTECH brakes, Spec Clutch, Deval aerodynamic body components and EuroGEAR USA. The fuel we are using for the racecar is a "pump-grade" bio-diesel blend that is available for use in your vehicle now."

The bio-diesel Osborn used was produced by Alabama Bio-Diesel and was blended with the petroleum-based fuel by Midnight Oil Company in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Osborn says, "This is the first step in changing our perception of Diesels in the US and on Bio-fuels. Performance diesel technology is in its infancy stage here in the US and we are working hard to be on the cutting edge of its development--you guys are going to be able to watch that process unfold through this years SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Series."

As Luck would have it, Osborn battled a sensor issue all week in testing only to have an injector seal fail on lap two of the race leaving the car stranded in turn 8.

Chili Pepper Racing was back in their shop on Monday preparing for Round 2 at Miller Motorsport Park in Tooele, Utah May 15, 2007.

-credit: cpr

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