UPS became an official NASCAR partner in 2000 and has provided behind-the-scenes pick-up and delivery services for race teams, sponsors, racing officials, vendors and news media at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events across the country. Throughout the 2012 season, UPS began developing plans to further reduce the environmental impact of its Trackside Services operation.
Beginning with this season’s opening events at Daytona International Speedway, UPS will operate a truck equipped with a diesel exhaust fluid system used to reduce exhaust particulate matter. A service trailer has been outfitted with solar panels, designed and installed by Suniva, to help supplement energy needed to run the operation. The mobile unit features a photovoltaic-powered system with a large array of battery power, which also provides for a generator and access to the grid.
One of the vehicles used by the UPS Trackside Services team is a miniature UPS package car that makes pick-ups and deliveries for customers throughout the race weekend. This year, the mini car is a battery-powered electric cart that is also outfitted with Suniva solar panels to serve as an additional source of power. These upgrades allow for an additional five miles a day of travel and deliveries around the track.
In May last year, NASCAR and the EPA signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at raising racing fans’ awareness of environmentally friendly products and initiatives.
Under the agreement, NASCAR will use products that have earned EPA’s Design for the Environment label at racing events. The DfE label tells consumers that, according to the EPA, the product performs well, is cost effective and safer for the environment. NASCAR will also encourage its suppliers to get an “E3 tuneup,” to increase productivity while reducing energy and materials use. The EPA’s E3 (Economy, Energy and the Environment) program promotes sustainable manufacturing and US economic growth.