For Immediate Release DATE
TEAM TO RACE CARARRA PAN AMERICANA ON ALTERNATIVE ENERGY (Kitchen Grease)
NEW HAVEN, CONN. – The racing team of Kip Moncrief and Mike DeVine is entered to run the La Carerra Pan Americana, a Mexican road race this October as the first team in history competing in a race car that runs on grease.
Under the name SolShine Alternatives, the team will drive a converted 1959 Mercedes 190D diesel from New Haven to the start of the race in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico fueled by waste vegetable oil picked up along the way. A second grease car, a 1984 Mercedes 300sd, will be the chase car carrying fuel and supplies, and a documentary film crew.
Moncrief, 24, is the Manager of Operations for Connecticut BioFuels, the largest for-profit waste oil collectors and distributors in Connecticut. He is also a member of the Sports Car Club of America and a lifelong auto sports enthusiast who has grown up racing road courses like Watkins Glen and Limerock, and short track ovals like Monadnock, N.H., and on the off season ice races cars with the Adirondack Motor Enthusiast Club on various lakes in upstate New York.
DeVine, 25, has lived and worked in Jackson, WY since graduating from St. Lawrence University in 2005. While in school his focuses were global climate change policy and sustainability. He attended the UN COP10 meeting on global climate change in Buenos Aries, Argentina as well as the UN COP11/MOP1 meeting in Montreal, Canada in association with Earth Council Geneva to promote their e-learning programs.
The team's goal is to spread the word about alternative fuels and highlight their dream that racers will be able to drive competitively and green in the future.
KIP QUOTE -"I’ve grown up doing the most racing I could afford, now with the cost at the pump and also to the environment we need to find a way to keep our sport alive. Racing is a bug I caught a long time ago. It’s a dream to do it professionally, but it would be a nightmare to not be able to do it at all. I plan on racing until the day I die; but I also realize things need to change in the automotive industry and our own personal consumption patterns for the sport to survive.”
MIKE QUOTE - “Environmental changes and market pressures are forcing companies to "Go Green," or come up with creative new ways of doing business sustainably. As a result the markets for many new alternative sources of energy will emerge in the near future. As they do we would like to see them develop in a way that is truly sustainable and good for the environment.
SolShine is a 501C3 organization dedicated to educating the public about alternative energy and all of the options for a more sustainable society. The race is being funded by the drivers and by charitable contributions. To donate, or for more information, visit www.solshinealternatives.org.
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