NASCAR has launched a new green campaign to off-set the carbon footprint of the high-octane motorsport.
F1 did it with the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) which is basically brake energy regeneration but NASCAR has taken it to a whole new level by switching to E85, planting trees and getting young women to clear up the litter and dump them in recycling bins, solar panel fields to power the track and pavilion and EV for pace-cars.
According to curiosity.discovery.com, it takes tremendously powerful engines to propel NASCAR race cars to nearly 200 miles per hour (322 kilometers per hour). These engines get only about 5 miles to a gallon of fuel. This means that each 500-mile NASCAR race consumes more than 6,000 gallons (22,712 liters) of fuel, which accounts for 120,000 pounds (54,431 kilograms) of carbon dioxide released into the air
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. That amounts to 4 million pounds (1.81 million kg) of carbon emissions for a typical 35-race NASCAR season.
Now only if they can stop doing burn outs and avoid a multi-car crashes!