IndyCar, Indianapolis 500 to implement eco-friendly plans

INDIANAPOLIS — The IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway are going green.

Penske Entertainment, the series’ parent company, announced Friday that it will begin implementing more environmentally friendly plans beginning with next month’s Indianapolis 500. The race is scheduled for May 29.

All tires delivered to the highway will be relayed by electric vehicles, and all electricity consumed at the highway in May will be purchased using 100% renewable energy credits. Race organizers say fans can also offset their own carbon footprint by donating to the GreenTrees reforestation project, something the speedway will support financially.

Other initiatives to be adopted in May include expanded food recycling and recovery programs and a retail store inside an electric truck where every item sold will be reusable or made from recycled plastic.

The Firestone Firehawk guayule race tire will be used in the Carb Day pit stop challenge and will be the replacement in August at the race in Nashville. The tire contains natural rubber derived from the guayule shrub, which organizers say requires less harvesting than traditional sources of rubber.

IndyCar’s long-term plans announced on Earth Day include expanded use of the guayule rubber tire and the use of carriers that use renewable fuel.

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