SAE participates in landmark racing partnership

David L. Amati, Director of Global Automotive Business, SAE International, spoke on behalf of SAE at a North American International Auto Show news conference announcing the American Le Mans Series' goal to incorporate "green racing" principles into its 2008 season.

At January's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) announced that it is partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy, and SAE International to incorporate "green racing" principles into its 2008 racing season. The American Le Mans Series will be the first motorsports series to meet the criteria for green racing being developed by these groups.

In conjunction with the EPA, DOE, and SAE partnerships, ALMS announced the creation of the Green Racing Challenge. This new competition will encourage manufacturers to introduce and develop their "green" technologies and will be an incremental element of the series' signature event—the 1000-mi (1609-km) Petit Le Mans race to be held October 4 at Road Atlanta. Protocols and criteria for the Green Racing Challenge award are being developed by the EPA and DOE along with SAE International and ALMS, and will be announced later this spring.

"Partnering with the American Le Mans Series will further allow SAE International to challenge the future of global mobility engineering and the way we all use energy," said David L. Amati, Director of Global Automotive Business, SAE International. "We look forward to working with the series to create protocols for a Green Racing Challenge that will encourage the development of alternative-fuel technologies and other related innovations by automobile manufacturers—and we're pleased to know that many of these manufacturers already are involved in the American Le Mans Series."

The unprecedented association of the United States' environmental and energy government agencies, along with the industry's premier automotive society dedicated to advancing global technology and information worldwide, creates a landmark moment for the world's premium brand of motorsports.

"The auto manufacturers competing in the American Le Mans Series have made it very clear that this is a direction and an overall initiative that is important to them," said Scott Atherton, President and CEO of the series. "The opportunity to formally align with the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, and SAE International makes our platform very special and unique—to auto manufacturers and ultimately to consumers. At a time when nearly all of motorsports has lost its relevance regarding progressive technology or any connection from the race track to the showroom floor, the American Le Mans Series stands alone in providing a platform of solutions for our nation's automotive, transportation and energy needs."