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11/16/07
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Alternative fuel in NASCAR has carmakers’ support  If NASCAR goes green, 31-time manufacturers' champion Chevrolet will be there for the green flag.

In an exclusive interview with The Republic last week, NASCAR Chairman Brian France raised the possibility of an alternative-fuel series. "It's going to vary from the actual fuel we use to power the cars to looking at a green series . . . that we might launch," he said.

Terry Dolan, Chevy Racing manager, said, "We would be in full support of NASCAR's efforts to explore and develop a green series. We welcome the opportunity to share our technological expertise in alternative fuel powertrains currently developed for our production vehicles.

"There's no better way to raise the awareness of the energy and environmental benefits of E85 than through the excitement of NASCAR."

Dan Davis, director, Ford Racing Technology, offered support.

"We're all for helping racing become greener," explained Davis. "We've been looking at some green options in other forms of racing. We just have to understand what that means in terms of NASCAR. Is it using current automotive technology that will help the engines be more efficient, or is it experimenting with bio-fuels down the road?

"The key thing we believe is that if there is movement toward making the sport greener, then it needs to be done with the long-term future of the automotive industry and the racing industry in mind. We also need to do it in a measured way that won't be a major financial burden on the teams or the manufacturers. And, lastly we need to do it in a way that will work with NASCAR's fuel partner and fits into their long-term strategy. We'd like to be part of the process, that's for sure."

Toyota's national motorsports manager, Les Unger, said they will "await definitive information."

He added that Toyota "continues to allocate substantial resources" to its hybrid production vehicles. AZCentral.com

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