Jamie McMurray to Pilot the No. 1 GE Reveal® Chevrolet at Michigan
In conjunction with GE's paint scheme on the No.1 Chevrolet, GE will also provide Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and Target Chip Ganassi Racing with new lighting fixture and bulb technologies for installation in their Concord, N.C. and Indianapolis, Ind. facilities.
The No. 1 Chevrolet Impala's bright blue design draws inspiration from the blue coloring of an unlit GE Reveal light bulb. Race fans should be sure to look for the iconic GE script logo on the hood of the No. 1 Chevy along with the rainbow-hued logo of GE Reveal running down the car's quarter panels.
Driving energy efficiency: With the obvious benefits of reducing energy costs, maintenance costs, quality of light, visibilit, and operating costs, updating their lighting will also help Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and Target Chip Ganassi Racing curb the environmental impact of their facilities. By replacing all lighting fixtures and bulbs with the newest in energy-efficient lighting technology from GE, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and Target Chip Ganassi Racing will help protect the environment in the following ways:
- Annual carbon dioxide emissions reduced by 745,162 lbs.
- Annual sulfur dioxide emissions reduced by 2,924 lbs.
- Annual nitrogen dioxide emissions reduced by 1,435 lbs.
- Coal burning avoided 348,207 lbs. or 162 tons per year
- The equivalent of adding 93 acres of forest
- The equivalent of removing 65 cars from the road for a year
- Enhances surroundings, colors appear more vivid
- Uses 73 percent - 78 percent less energy, compared with incandescent Reveal bulbs
- Lasts five years (based on four hours use per day at the rated life of 8,000 hours), eight to 10 times longer than the standard incandescent bulbs
McMurray History: The Joplin, Mo. native, and newly crowned 2010 Daytona 500 Champion, has won four NSCS races since he entered the series near the end of 2002. In his seven years and 272 races at NASCAR's highest level, he has 34 career top-five finishes, 84 top-10 results, and five pole awards. McMurray shocked the racing world in 2002 when he won his first NSCS race while racing for CGRFS in only his second NSCS start and set a modern-era NASCAR record by becoming the quickest driver to win a cup race. The 2003 Rookie of the Year has finished in the top-20 in points in five of his seven seasons on the Cup circuit with a best finish of 11th in 2004.
John Strainic, global product general manager, GE Lighting: “Chip Ganassi Racing Teams' commitment to energy-saving lighting solutions from GE is a trend we hope to see throughout the racing Industry and who better to start it than Chip Ganassi Racing teams. We are proud to be teaming up with Jamie McMurray and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing on the track and continue to praise them for their commitment to drive energy efficiency throughout their organizations.”
Steve Lauletta, president, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc.: “We are thrilled to have GE back with us this year as a partner. They are an exceptional organization that also brings an expertise that will directly benefit our whole operation. We always try to be as efficient as we can with everything we do and with the new energy program that GE has created for us will also make us more energy efficient. Although the lighting project is only a small step toward managing our environmental performance, we think every little bit counts and encourage other organizations to do the same.”
Jamie McMurray, Driver: “I can't say enough about carrying the iconic GE logo on the hood of my Chevrolet this weekend in Michigan. GE is one of those iconic American brands and to be able to represent such a respected brand is important to me. I'm also very excited to see them helping to make our facility in Concord become more energy efficient with the installation of new light fixtures and bulbs.”
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