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Posted on August 08, 2012

Nissan, BMW Take MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge Honors at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, OHIO (August 4, 2012) – Conquest Endurance claimed its first MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge victory and the first for Nissan today at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge. The win follows the team’s first ever American Le Mans Series class win at the previous event.

Drivers Martin Plowman of Indianapolis and David Heinemeier-Hansson of Chicago helped take team owner Eric Bachelart’s Indianapolis based LMP2 team to victory in America’s premier environmental motorsports competition.

The win is also the first for Nissan and chassis maker Morgan. The E-10 fueled Conquest team finished second in the LMP2 class and fourth overall in the two-hour 45-minute race on the 2.258 mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Taking the MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge GT class award was the #55 BMW Team RLL driven by Redondo Beach, California’s Bill Auberlen and Jorg Muller of Monte Carlo. Starting the race from the GT class pole, the E-85 fueled BMW E92 M3 led the early stages of the race and finished third in the rugged GT class.

The MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge win is the second of the season for the team headed by former Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal.

“Our second MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge trophy of the season recognizes our efficient use of energy over the course of today’s race. The trophy is proof that we get everything out of our BMW on every lap,” said Rahal.

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. Together with the sanctioning International Motor Sports Association, the groups comprise the ALMS Green Racing Group and oversee the MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge and a  year-end Green Challenge for manufacturers.

“The hot, steamy weather and tight competition posed many challenges for the teams and drivers” said Silvia Mammone, manager motorsports, Michelin North America “We congratulate Conquest Endurance and BMW Team RLL on their victories in the MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge. We also congratulate Nissan on its first victory in the challenge.

All LMP1 and LMP2 class entries and GT class entries are automatically entered into the MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge as a “race within the race” at every American Le Mans Series event.  Entries are scored based on Clean, Fast and Efficient performance.

ABOUT THE MICHELIN® GREEN X® CHALLENGE

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

 

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Michelin, the leading mobility company, is working with tires, around tires and beyond tires to enable Motion for Life. Dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility and sustainability, Michelin designs and distributes the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its customers’ needs. Michelin provides digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences. Bringing its expertise to new markets, the company is investing in high-technology materials, 3D printing and hydrogen, to serve a wide variety of industries — from aerospace to biotech. Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, Michelin North America has approximately 22,500 employees and operates 34 production facilities in the United States and Canada. (michelinman.com