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Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup & Safety-Kleen Systems Team Up For Earth Week Season-Opener at VIR

Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup, VIR
Photo: © 2010 Corey Beaman

This weekend, the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup and Series partner, Safety-Kleen Systems, will open the 2010 season just one day after Earth Day in proper fashion by providing some of the most environmentally conscious racing in the country. The Series will once again be using clean diesel fuel in its racecars, demonstrating its commitment to the environment. In the season’s ten events, the Jetta TDI Cup cars will consume approximately two tanks of clean diesel fuel during race conditions. All Volkswagen clean diesel TDI models are certified to run on B5 biodiesel, a mix of 5 percent biodiesel and 95 percent petro diesel.

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Following the same green consciousness off the track, the Jetta TDI Cup’s equipment transport vehicles and generators are also powered by B5 Biofuel. In addition, the Series uses biodegradable tableware, lounge furniture with high recycled content, energy-efficient lighting and water stations that reduce the reliance on plastic water bottles.

“Not only is the on-track product fantastic from a fan standpoint, but the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup is also one of the most eco-friendly forms of racing on four wheels,” said Clark Campbell, motorsports manager, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “We’re proud to be associated with a company like Safety-Kleen Systems, because we share a common goal – to provide excitement at the track, while providing it in an environmentally sound manner. It’s fitting that our season-opening weekend falls just after Earth Week because our Series is a true product of green awareness.”

Much like Volkswagen, Safety-Kleen Systems is also committed to protecting the environment. From the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup, to NASCAR, to the IndyCar Series, to the NHRA, Safety-Kleen is at tracks all over the country providing its services. They are the “Official Trackside Environmental Service Provider” for the biggest events in the world of motorsports, including the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500. Safety-Kleen Systems recycles the oils, solvents, fuels and clean-up materials from every Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Series, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Indy Racing League and NHRA National event.

In addition to collecting the used motor oil, brake and transmission fluids, Safety-Kleen Systems also removes them from the track and recycles them. By the end of 2010, Safety-Kleen will have picked up 180,000 gallons of used oil from race shops and tracks. This oil will be re-refined and used by consumers and industry lessening our dependence on foreign oil all while keeping our communities greener.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup again in 2010,” said Eric Zimmer Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Safety-Kleen Systems. “Being a sponsor of the Series falls right in line with our environmental initiatives, so our partnership with Volkswagen is a perfect fit. I’m definitely looking forward to this weekend’s Jetta TDI Cup events and I think it will definitely be another exciting season.”

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