It’s known as a racing series with cars capable of speeds approaching 200 miles per hour and fuel mileage measured in single digits — low single digits. For decades now, NASCAR has been saddled with a perception that it consumes an excessive amount of gasoline to conduct its races. Race officials even shortened races during the oil embargo years of the late 1970s as a gesture of good will. The reality, however, is that the ratio of gas used by NASCAR — by all three national series in practice, qualifying and racing combined — compared to usage by the American public is shockingly low: NASCAR uses as much gasoline in one year on the racetrack as American drivers consume in less than three seconds. Kind of puts a whole new spin on NASCAR and the environment, doesn’t it? They are not the most natural of bedfellows, NASCAR and the environment. After all, racing fossil-fueled race cars for four hours at high speeds doesn’t make your neighborhood-friendly environmentalist feel all warm and fuzzy. For years, environmentalists have given NASCAR racing a black eye, accusing the sport of being a major contributor to both global warming (via the tons of greenhouse gases… Read full this story
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