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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR announced today its industry-leading "NASCAR Green Clean Air" initiative has been expanded to include tree-planting projects in several NASCAR Whelen All-American Series markets throughout the remainder of the 2011 season.
Colorado National Speedway in Dacono, Colo. is the first Whelen All-American Series race track to host a NASCAR Green Clean Air tree-planting event on Sunday, July 3. Four more dates covering nine tracks and series entitlement sponsor Whelen Engineering will take place throughout the remainder of the season.
“NASCAR has taken a leading role to significantly reduce the environmental footprint of the sport,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president of racing operations, touring and weekly series. “This is a natural next step to extend this program to our tracks that make up the core foundation of NASCAR. The program is key to raising conservation awareness among fans. And there is no better way to do it than at the grassroots level, where so many of the fans, competitors and tracks are deeply engaged in their communities.”
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s short-track series that encompasses more than 50 tracks throughout the United States and Canada.
Launched in 2009, the NASCAR Green Clean Air program plants ten trees for each green flag that drops during races, capturing 100 percent of the carbon produced by the on-track racing at the events. The program debuted at eleven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race tracks in 2009 and planted more than 1,000 trees in 2010. With its expansion to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2011, the program now encompasses more than 20 tracks nationwide and is now considered the largest tree planting program in sports. Trees are often purchased from MEBEWEBE (vendors with minority and women-owned business certification) nurseries to help support local diverse merchants.
At Colorado National, the number of green flags counted during its 100-lap Late Model race on July 3 will help determine the quantity of trees to be planted on Aug. 5 at local city park site to benefit the City of Dacono Parks & Recreation Department.
Other NASCAR Whelen All-American Series markets and tracks participating in the “NASCAR Green Clean Air Tree-Planting Program” will include:
• Seattle, Wash. – Evergeen Speedway in Monroe.
• Columbus, Ohio – Columbus Motor Speedway and Kil-Kare Speedway in Xenia.
• Minneapolis, Minn. – Raceway Park in Shakopee, Elko Speedway, and Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis.
• Hartford, Conn. – Thompson International Speedway, Stafford Motor Speedway, Waterford Speedbowl, and Whelen Engineering in Chester.
Race dates and further details will be released as they are finalized.