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Posted on September 04, 2012

Honda and BMW Take MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge Honors at Baltimore Grand Prix

BALTIMORE, MD (September 1, 2012) – A clean, fast, and efficient performance on the track, and the overall race victory, also delivered a  MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge win for Honda, Level 5 Motorsports and drivers Christophe Bouchut and Scott Tucker at the Baltimore Sports Car Challenge.

The victory in America’s premier environmental motorsports competition was the second for the Wisconsin-based Level 5 Motorsports team and the record 17th for Honda Performance Development.

“We are proud to have won the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge award for the 17th time in the ALMS history, » said Marc Sours, General Manager, Honda Performance Development. “Honda has always been an environmentally aware company.  The MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge award is based on being fast, clean and efficient, three qualities that everyone at HPD works to achieve every day,” said Sours.

Taking the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge honors for the third time this season and seventh time in history was the BMW Team RLL, this time with the #55 BMW E92 M3 with co-drivers Bill Auberlen and Jorg Muller.

“We congratulate the teams, drivers and Honda Performance Development and BMW on their latest wins in the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge,” said Silvia Mammone, manager motorsports, Michelin North America. “The teams and manufacturers are working constantly to improve efficiency on the track and for consumers,” said Mammone. Racing on the real streets of downtown Baltimore is a great reminder of the relevance motorsports competition to accelerate the development of new technologies and energies. ”

Representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency attended the two-hour event on the 2.04 mile circuit through the streets of downtown Baltimore and assisted in the awards presentations.

ABOUT THE MICHELIN® GREEN X® CHALLENGE

The American Le Mans Series is the only series currently recognized as “Green Racing” by the U. S. Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and SAE International.

In 2010, the season-ending Petit Le Mans event at Road Atlanta marked the first time that all five energy sources identified in the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy policy were represented in competition. The five energies are E10 ethanol-blended gasoline, E85R second-generation cellulosic ethanol, GTL (natural gas to liquid) biodiesel, E10-electric hybrid power and Iso-butanol gasoline.

The MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge trophies are presented to the respective Prototype and GT winners. The bases for the unique MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge trophies are made of rubber recycled from MICHELIN GREEN X labeled consumer tires.

ABOUT MICHELIN® GREEN X® TIRES

MICHELIN GREEN X labeled consumer tires are optimized for fuel economy by reducing their rolling resistance and weight without compromising other key performance factors such as traction, grip and tread wear. Each tire is marked with Michelin’s “GREEN X” symbol on the sidewall, indicating to consumers a level of energy-efficiency that reduces CO2 emissions.

For over 20 years, Michelinhas been dedicated to the research and development of energy-efficient tires and now, a complete line of fuel-efficient tires is available to fit the most immediate consumer needs. Please visit www.michelinman.com for a complete list.

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) employs more than 22,200 and operates 18 major manufacturing plants in 16 locations. 

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For more information, visit www.michelinmedia.com or contact:                                                                                     

Lynne Fowler                                                                      John Love

MichelinNorth America                                                     EMC Strategic Communications

office: 1 864 458 6365                                                      office: 1 248 816 0106

mobile: 1 864 561 9914                                                     mobile: 1 313 506 2114

lynne.fowler@us.michelin.com                                       john@emcstrategic.com

About Michelin North America

Michelin, the leading mobility company, is dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility, sustainably; designing and distributing the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its clients’ needs; providing digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences; and developing high-technology materials that serve a variety of industries. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) has more than 21,400 employees and operates 19 major manufacturing plants. 

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