How “Green” Is My Green Flag? Environmental Initiatives in Major Auto Racing Circuits

By Wesley Borucki.

Published by The International Journal of Sport and Society

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With the growth of environmental consciousness over the last three decades, major automobile racing circuits in the United States and around the world have started green initiatives. This article will provide an examination of recent press reports, United Nations studies, press releases, and research to consider whether these green initiatives have made a positive difference in terms of environmental impact, or whether they are changes with little substance designed to maintain the public’s goodwill. Particularly relevant is the debate over the use of cleaner-burning fuels such as ethanol. Specifically, the question exists of whether the use of fuels with cleaner emissions outweighs problems that arise from these fuels’ production. Public perceptions of these green initiatives will also be discussed, as major racing series, such as NASCAR and the Indy Racing League, publicize initiatives in marketing efforts. Using mostly anecdotal evidence, this article is an analysis of recent literature on the subject. Implications of questions relating automobile racing to various needs for natural resources around the world are broad, as consumers, scientists, and governments must consider the long-term effects of recent drives to reduce petroleum consumption and pollution.

Keywords: Auto Racing, Ethanol, Green Initiatives

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp.25-40. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: July 21, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 458.622KB)).

Dr. Wesley Borucki

Associate Professor, Department of History, Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA

Dr. Wes Borucki, a native of Detroit, Michigan, is in his thirteenth year as an associate professor of American History at Palm Beach Atlantic University. His specialties are the Antebellum South and Civil War and Reconstruction. In 2002 he received his Ph.D. in American history from The University of Alabama where he edited the annual journal Southern Historian. Dr. Borucki has written a biography of President Ronald Reagan for Nova Science Publisher’s "First Men, America’s Presidents" series for publication later in 2014; his biography of George H.W. Bush for the series was published in 2011. Dr. Borucki has published an article in the journal Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power entitled, "You're Dixie's Football Pride: American College Football and the Resurgence of Southern Nationalism." (2003) and an article entitled "Moving On Up?" on college football for Common Ground Publishing's Journal of Sports Management and Commercialization. (2015) He received his master’s degree in American history from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1994), and his bachelor’s degree in history from Michigan State University (1992).