Shell, IndyCar to Introduce Renewable Race Fuel
Shell and IndyCar have announced a variety of sustainability initiatives designed to help reduce the carbon footprint within IndyCar and power progress toward more sustainable motorsports in North America. Beginning in 2023, Shell will produce a new race fuel for the NTT IndyCar Series. This new product consists of a blend of second-generation ethanol derived from sugarcane waste and other biofuels to create a fuel that is 100% comprised of feedstocks categorized as renewable under the applicable regulatory frameworks. The fuel would make the NTT IndyCar Series the first United States-based motorsports series to power racing with 100% renewable race fuel and enable at least 60% greenhouse gas emissions reduction compared to fossil-based gasoline, according to IndyCar. For complete details, visit the IndyCar announcement here. For more information, visit indycar.com.
McLaren Racing to Compete in Formula E
In an effort to further its understanding of EV technology, McLaren Racing will compete in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, beginning in the Season 9 Gen3 era in 2022–2023. McLaren Racing will utilize the new, all-electric Gen3 race car, which is designed specifically for street racing.
The McLaren Formula E Team will be formed through the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, expected to complete later this year, following an agreement between McLaren Racing and Mercedes-Benz that will see the reigning ABB FIA Formula E World Championship team transfer into the McLaren Racing family. Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team Team Principal Ian James will continue to lead the team. For more information, visit mclaren.com/racing or fiaformulae.com.
Jim France to Receive Spirit of Le Mans Award
Jim France at the 2010 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, courtesy of NASCAR.
NASCAR and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Chairman Jim France will receive the 2022 Spirit of Le Mans Award, as announced by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) President Pierre Fillon and the ACO Board of Directors. France, who helped secure the convergence agreement between IMSA and the ACO in 2020, will be presented with the trophy on Friday, June 10, ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans (June 11–12). For more information, visit lemans.org.
Trackhouse Entertainment Group Announces PROJECT91 Program
Trackhouse Entertainment Group has announced the creation of PROJECT91—a program designed to expand its international reach by fielding a NASCAR Cup Series entry for renowned international racing drivers. Trackhouse’s PROJECT91 will enter the No. 91 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at least once during the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season, with 2007 Formula One World Champion Kimi Raikkonen set to race on the road course at Watkins Glen (New York) International on August 21. For more information, visit trackhouse.com/racing.
For more racing news, visit Performance Racing Industry’s (PRI) website.