Natural Gas Vehicle Named Pace Car At NASCAR Race Track
A first for Atmos Energy (ATO) and NASCAR
MONROE, La.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Atmos Energys 2012 Honda Civic will be leading a pack of professional racers who are vying to become the next NASCAR All-Star this Saturday, May 5, at the grand opening of the Revolution Park Racing and Entertainment Complex.
Its an unbelievable opportunity to drive the first natural gas-powered pace car in a NASCAR race, Atmos Energy service technician turned pace-car driver Greg Martin said. Ive worked at race tracks since I was a teenager. Now, I get to be even closer to the action - behind the wheel of a pace car& wow!
Dozens of professional racers will follow Martin and his natural gas pace car during the Bumper to Bumper Pro Late Model Series at Revolution Park. It is part of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series allowing drivers to be eligible for NASCARs national championship program for weekly racing.
More than 5,000 people are expected to attend this weekends race and will be watching our natural gas vehicle circle the track, Martin said. Thats a lot of attention on a car that is becoming the cleanest vehicle of the future.
Atmos Energy and many other companies are converting their fleet vehicles to run on compressed natural gas (CNG), a highly pressurized version of the same clean-burning natural gas used in many homes and businesses. It performs the same as a gasoline vehicle, but the fuel and maintenance costs are much lower. Plus a CNG vehicle is better for the environment because it produces fewer carbon emissions.
Another amazing component of this car is its safety record, Atmos Energys Mike DeArmond said. Unlike the volatile combustion caused by gasoline leaks natural gas will actually dissipate into the air in the event of an accident or tank rupture, which is especially important when its on a NASCAR race track.
Revolution Park spokesman Doug Branch says the decision to make Atmos Energys natural gas car the tracks pace car was easy.
It aligns perfectly with our goal of providing an exciting fan experience, yet keeping in mind our responsibility to the environment, Branch said. At Revolution Park, we are proud to wave a checkered flag and an environmentally friendly green flag!
About Atmos Energy
Atmos Energy Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, is tone of the countrys largest natural-gas-only distributors, serving more than 3 million natural gas distribution customers in more than 1,600 communities in 12 states from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the East to the Rocky Mountains in the West. Visit, www.atmosenergy.com.
About Revolution Park
Revolution Park Racing and Entertainment Complex is located in Monroe, Louisiana and is NASCARs only sanctioned race track in the state. Visit, www.revolutionparkentertainment.com
Jennifer Ryan, 469-394-4578
Doug Branch, 214-212-9091
Source: Atmos EnergyCopyright Business Wire 2012