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Natural Gas Power for 2013 Season


JACKSON, Mich. and BRASELTON, Ga., June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Embracing natural gas as a safe and abundant transportation fuel, the legendary Patrick Racing Team has entered into an agreement with the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), sanctioning body for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron (ALMS), to identify development and testing opportunities for the fuel system to power the Series' Prototype Challenge class beginning in the 2013 season.

"We are excited to become a part of the world's premier sports car racing series and eager to help spread this technology to a vibrant, visible and growing element of the racing world," said U.E. "Pat" Patrick, whose teams have three times visited the winner's circle of the Indianapolis 500 and have claimed multiple IndyCar series championships.

"Natural gas is destined to become a major player in the transportation industry for everyday passenger vehicles, and not just fleet operations. It is abundant, domestic, affordable and ecologically responsible.  For more than a century, racing has been at the tip of the spear in developing new technology for the transportation industry. This is in line with and in the spirit of that history."

Scot Elkins, COO of IMSA and the ALMS said the use of natural gas is a significant next step in the series' positioning as the Global Leader in Green Racing.

"We are the only racing series recognized to comply with the Green Racing protocols developed by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and SAE International," Elkins said. "These organizations see Green Racing as a way to foster technology developments for tomorrow's consumer production vehicles, enhance national energy security and reduce carbon emissions. We view the addition of natural gas to the Series as a means of continuing our mission to be on the front line of automotive technology advancement while providing unequalled entertainment for our fans."

Patrick Racing has joined the IMSA and the ALMS to demonstrate that advanced automotive technologies and renewable fuels can meet the performance requirements of even the most demanding endurance racing conditions and can be readily transferred from raceway to driveway. The world-class competition in the ALMS shows that Green Racing is real, ultra-competitive and makes for great racing.

Heading the Natural Gas technical development for the Prototype Challenge cars will be Indianapolis 500 Hall of Fame and Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee Jim McGee. With more than 90 victories in his portfolio, McGee is universally respected as one of the most successful team manager/chief mechanic in the history of IndyCar racing. His expertise and leadership will quickly transfer to the ALMS' teams and sleek, Prototype Challenge race cars.

"This alliance will offer natural gas its most exciting platform ever to show the public how safely and reliably it can adopt the fuel as a daily transportation option," said McGee. "Natural gas comes out of the ground at 130 octane and is a great choice for a racing fuel or a consumer fuel. As consumer demand for the option to burn this fuel expands, automotive manufacturers globally will respond with more models equipped to use it, and delivery infrastructure will also increase dramatically.  We're anxious to begin this exciting program."

The Prototype Challenge class features the ORECA FLM09, a race car with a minimum weight of 1,985 pounds, without driver, and powered by a 430-horsepower LS3 engine. The FLM09 features a full carbon fiber chassis, carbon brakes, and an Xtrac sequential gearbox with paddle shifting.

Not only will natural gas provide an exciting new technical aspect to the Prototype Challenge class of racing, but it will open a broad, new range of marketing and sponsorship opportunities.

Ralph Hansen, president of Pegasus Marketing Group (www.PegasusMarketing.com), which represents Patrick Racing exclusively, said that sponsor interest in the series and new technology has been extremely active.

"I've been involved in motorsports sponsorship for nearly 30 years, mostly representing the Paul Newman/Carl Haas IndyCar team," said Hansen. "But, I've never seen a group of potential sponsors blossom as fast as the use of natural gas as a race fuel has initiated. Businesses that span a broad spectrum—from the wellhead, to the delivery, to the automobile and trucking manufacturers—are eager to get involved.

"Natural gas-powered cars will provide a new and broad spectrum of sponsors who have never been involved in racing before," Hansen added. "And, why not? They all have a compelling story to tell, and we have the ability to tell that story at 200 mph."






Embracing natural gas as a safe and abundant transportation fuel, the legendary Patrick Racing Team has entered into an agreement with the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), sanctioning body for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron (ALMS), to identify development and testing opportunities for the fuel system to power the Series' Prototype Challenge class beginning in the 2013 season.

U.E. "Pat" Patrick’s teams have three times visited the winner's circle of the Indianapolis 500 and have claimed multiple IndyCar series championships.

Heading the Natural Gas technical development for the Prototype Challenge cars will be Indianapolis 500 Hall of Fame and Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee Jim McGee

The ALMS is the only racing series recognized to comply with the Green Racing protocols developed by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and SAE International.
Ralph Hansen, president of Pegasus Marketing Group (www.PegasusMarketing.com), which represents Patrick Racing exclusively, said that sponsor interest in the series and new technology has been extremely active.



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ALMS, Patrick Racing to Switch LMPC to LNG

by Patrick Racing Team Staff on 06/29/12

By James Fish - Epoch Times Staff

The American Le Mans Series bills itself as “World Leader Green Racing,” with hybrid-powered prototypes, alternative fuels like E85 (ethanol with 15 percent gasoline) and isobutanol (another alcohol-based fuel which can be made from algae) and a general interest in promoting sustainable, lower-impact motorsports.

ALMS is serious about Green Racing. The series has a separate competition within each race for the cars which go farthest and fastest with the smallest carbon footprint, the Michelin Green-X Challenge. Overall season winners get a much-coveted invitation to the next Le Mans 24-Hour race.

The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), sanctioning body for the American Le Mans Series, announced a bold new step in the green direction Wednesday: ALMS will partner with famous IndyCar team Pat Patrick Racing to convert its gasoline-fueled LMPC prototypes to cleaner-burning natural gas for the 2013 season.

U.E. “Pat” Patrick founded Patrick racing with revenue from oil and natural gas exploration, so he is well aware that this cleaner-burning fossil fuel in abundant in America.

“Natural gas is destined to become a major player in the transportation industry for everyday passenger vehicles, and not just fleet operations,” said Patrick on the ALMS website. “It is abundant, domestic, affordable and ecologically responsible. For more than a century, racing has been at the tip of the spear in developing new technology for the transportation industry. This is in line with and in the spirit of that history.

“We are excited to become a part of the world’s premier sports car racing series and eager to help spread this technology to a vibrant, visible and growing element of the racing world.”

Patrick Racing has plenty of experience with alternative fuels and plenty of experience making cars go fast. The team has built and run several Indy 500-winning and IndyCar championship-winning cars, powered by methanol or ethanol.

 

Patrick Racing’s Chief Mechanic Jim McGee, a member of the Indy 500 Hall of Fame with 90 wins to his credit, will oversee the conversion of the LMPC Oreca FLM09’s 430-hp 427-cu. in. Chevrolet V8 from gasoline to natural gas.

 

The American Le Mans Series will be the only major racing series in the world with an entire class of natural-gas-burning cars on the track with gasoline, alcohol, and hybrid and even diesel-fueled competitors.

 

 

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