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As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, there will be plenty of motorsports going on: NASCAR at Charlotte, IndyCars at the home base and Formula One in Turkey. The only big series taking the weekend off is the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) which has a number of teams preparing for the 24 Hours of Le Mans just a couple of weeks from now.

Since early 2008, the ALMS has been touting itself as the "Leader in green racing." We decided to take a look at the biggest series in North America and compare the efforts of each when it comes to alternative fuels and drivetrains. In many respects, NASCAR is actually the most alternative series around right now, but not necessarily in a forward looking way. After all, NASCAR still uses carburetors and just switched from leaded to unleaded gasoline a couple of years ago.

Similarly, while IndyCars switched from methanol to ethanol a few years back, there isn't much else about open wheel race cars that can be called relevant to manufacturers. ALMS GT class cars, on the other hand, are actually derived from production models. The combination of GT and LMP cars are now or have recently been running on five different fuel/drive combinations including diesel, E10, cellulosic E85, biobutanol, and E10/hybrids. Later this season, the Porsche 911 GT3 R hybrid that nearly won the recent 24 hours of Nürburgring is expected to join the ALMS ranks and ALMS communications director Bob Dickinson told us that he hopes to see Peugeot's 908 diesel-hybrid join, perhaps as soon as the next Sebring race in March 2011. Check out the full chart after the jump.




  • St9 Porsche Team Manthey; J�rg Bergmeister, Richard Lietz, Marco Holzer, Martin Ragginger; GT3 R Hybrid
  • St9 Porsche Team Manthey; J�rg Bergmeister, Richard Lietz, Marco Holzer, Martin Ragginger; GT3 R Hybrid



ALMS

IndyCar

NASCAR

Fuels/Energy Sources

5

1

1

cellulosic E85

E100

Unleaded gas

clean diesel

isobutanol

E10

E10 hybrid

Manufacturers/Marques

8-12

1

4

Audi

Honda

Toyota

Aston Martin

Chevrolet

BMW

Ford

Corvette

Dodge

Honda (HPD)

Ferrari

Ford

Jaguar

Mazda

Panoz

Porsche

Peugeot

Meets US Environmental Protection Agency / Department of Energy Green Racing Protocols

Yes

No

No

Tire Manufacturers

4

1

1

Michelin

Firestone

Goodyear

Yokohama

Dunlop

Falken

Official Oil

G-Oil

PEAK Performance

Mobil 1

Next Alternative Vehicle Debut

Porsche GT3R Hybrid

2012 Delta Wing?

Not applicable

Peugeot diesel hybrid

Latest New Technology Introduction

Isobutanol

E100

Unleaded gasoline, radial tires

E10-elec. hybrid

Green non-profit affiliate

American Forest Foundation

None

None

Awards for Environmental Achievement

EPA / DOE Green Challenge

None

None

Michelin Green X Challenge

Premier Race

12 Hours of Sebring

Indy 500

Daytona 500

(58 years)

(94 years)

(52 years)


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