Racing to Discover New Energy Technologies

The combination of motorsports and advanced vehicle technologies has one of its homes in Indiana and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The tradition of applying lessons learned at the racetrack to the cars we drive on the road is a long one.

Nationally, federal workers are being highlighted for their work in this area. The subject of this profile is Forrest Jehlik, lauded for his expertise in alternative fuels. An excerpt below and the full story.

Jehlik said many decisions that are made in the political and commercial arenas regarding energy sources and auto technology are not always based on the best science, but driven by economic considerations and the power of vested interests. He said his federal energy laboratory engages in pure research and makes its findings widely available, letting the results speak for themselves.

“We are not paid if hydrogen or ethanol wins out. We look at the technology and the fuels and see what works,” said Jehlik. “That’s what makes us unique.”


Motorsports Show Highlights Another Indiana Asset

Gerry Dick of Inside Indiana Business interviewed Ron Green of R. Green Communications about the impact of the International Motorsports Industry Show — only in its second year. See the interview here:

A huge motorsports show opening this week in Indianapolis has grown into one of the city’s top 20 events in just its second year. Organizers of the International Motorsports Industry Show expect attendance to double this year to 20,000, leading to an anticipated economic impact of $16.9 million. R. Green Communications Owner Ron Green says the event is a valuable replacement for the Performance Racing Industry Show which moved from Indianapolis to Orlando, Florida a few years ago.