NASCAR launches green initiative

jutter@charlotteobserver.comApril 5, 2013 

NASCAR has undertaken a monthlong green initiative, “NASCAR Race to Green,” which will be used to rally teams, tracks, drivers and fans around the effort to protect and preserve the environment.

The planned program will include the planting of trees to absorb carbon emissions equivalent to all of the racing in NASCAR’s three national series for the entire season.

Kansas Speedway will feature the NASCAR Green logo on its infield grass and the backstretch wall and start/finish line will be painted green. A Toyota Camry Hybrid will serve as pace car for its race in two weeks.

Pocono Raceway in partnership with NASCAR will donate 8,000 tree seedlings under the supervision and monitoring of the National Parks Service.

Elliott Sadler to run three Cup races

Elliott Sadler will run three Cup races this season in a fourth car for Joe Gibbs Racing with sponsorship from Wrigley’s new Alert Energy Caffeine Gum.

Sadler, who runs full time in the Nationwide Series for JGR, will run the No. 81 Toyota in the April 21 race at Kansas and both races at Talladega, Ala., this season.

Landon Cassill joins JDM

Landon Cassill has agreed to drive JD Motorsports’ No. 4 Chevrolet for the remainder of the season in all Nationwide races held in companion with the Cup series. His first race is next weekend at Texas.

“I look forward to helping them improve over the course of the season, and I believe we can race competitively starting at Texas,” Cassill said.

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