Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Welcomes Back Green Racing
Some may only take steps to be green around Earth Day (April 22), but the American Le Mans Series is green year-round and it brings its unique, eco-conscious style of racing back to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca May 11-12.
The American Le Mans Series is the only racing series recognized to comply with the green racing protocols developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and SAE International (SAE). These organizations see green racing as a way to foster technology developments for tomorrow’s production vehicles, enhance national energy security and reduce carbon emissions. The partnership demonstrates that advanced automotive technologies and renewable fuels can meet the performance requirements of even the most demanding endurance racing conditions and can be readily transferred from raceway to driveway.
There are two green racing competitions at every American Le Mans Series race: the Green Challenge aimed at vehicle manufacturers and the Michelin Green X Challenge aimed at teams. Both use a unique scoring system that rewards high performance on the race circuit, energy efficiency and the smallest environmental impact. 2011 winners for the Green X were Dyson Racing (LMP) and BMW Team RLL (GT) and the Green Challenge Champions (engine manufacturers) were Mazda (LMP) and BMW (GT).
The American Le Mans Monterey race will feature multiple classes of high-tech sports cars competing together, with constant passing and on-track battles throughout. The six hour endurance race takes competitors from daylight, to dusk and into the darkness, pushing drivers’ and crews’ mental and physical abilities.
The Mazda MX-5 Cup, Unlimited Racing Championship, Cooper Tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda, Cadillac Pirelli World Challenge and IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama support races provide on-track activity throughout the weekend. Off-track offerings include driver autograph sessions, grid walk, race simulators, tech talks, and of course, plenty of food, beer, wine and Patrón.