Partnership to focus on benefits of residential and commercial solar power tech DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., and BELMONT, Calif., (JULY 30, 2015) -- NASCAR and SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), the world's largest renewable energy development company, today announced SunEdison as the Official Solar Energy Partner of NASCAR Green. This new partnership builds on the expanded use of solar technology across the sport, particularly at race team shops and race tracks across the country. Over the next three years, SunEdison and NASCAR will embark on an effort to educate millions of NASCAR fans on the financial and environmental benefits of solar power use. SunEdison plans to work with NASCAR partners, tracks and teams on commercial-scale solar solutions. The White House cited this newly forged partnership as a prime example of making renewable energy accessible to all U.S. homeowners. "Solar power is a proven and reliable form of renewable energy and the technology is already making a significant impact throughout our industry," said Steve Phelps, NASCAR chief marketing officer. "Our strategic partnership with SunEdison will help NASCAR further reduce the sport's environmental impact and help continue to educate our fans on renewable energy." "SunEdison is excited to be partnering with NASCAR to highlight the benefits of solar both at and away from the race track," said Vikas Desai, SunEdison senior vice president of residential and small commercial. "We look forward to being a strategic NASCAR Green partner and helping fans, partners and the sport save money while reducing their carbon footprint." NASCAR has taken a holistic approach across its wide-ranging effort to help protect the environment and has been collaborating in earnest with teams, tracks, partners and fans to do that since 2008. NASCAR's efforts to champion sustainable behavior align with NASCAR fan values. According to a 2014 study commissioned by NASCAR and conducted by Research Now, four out of five NASCAR fans believe the earth is going through a period of climate change, and two out of three of these fans feel a personal responsibility to do something about it. The study shows approximately two out of three NASCAR fans who believe there is climate change support buying cost-effective solar panels for the home. For additional information on NASCAR Green, visit www. nascar .com/green
Team Penske female race engineer: 'You have to pinch yourself' RELATED: Meet @nascartireguy " Drivers sound off on Bristol testing Andrea Mueller laughed and conceded that she still hesitates when people casually ask her what she does for a living. Answering "rocket scientist" or "race car engineer" always seemed to raise eyebrows, drop jaws and invite more questions. "It's kind of funny, even when (rocket science is) what I was doing and we would go out at night or whatever I would always tell people I was either a teacher or a gardener,'' the Team Penske race engineer explained. "I don't know why I tried to hide it, but I've always been the kind of person who likes to fly under the radar. So even now, it's definitely that people are bringing it out of me to talk about it." For this unassuming and talented young woman the truth is a far better story than anything you could make up as a conversation starter. At only 35 years old, Mueller is one of the most respected people in the NASCAR XFINITY Series garage. In 2007, she left a successful job working on engine components for NASA's space shuttle program to take an engineering position with Team Penske 's XFINITY Series program and was a vital contributor to back-to-back team owner's championships in 2013 and 2014. Since Mueller joined Team Penske full time in 2012, the team has earned 25 of its 50 total victories -- an impressive statistic that not only speaks to the talented array of drivers that steer Roger Penske's cars, but the people -- like Mueller -- who prepare them. "Andrea is kind of the central point of everything we do from an information and a setup-based environment,'' explained Greg Erwin, who serves as director of competition for Penske's XFINITY Series program. "She is critical to the success of this 22 program and has been for multiple years now. I saw it last year in a managerial role and now working with her more closely on a day-to-day basis. "She's the most pinpoint, focused, thorough individual with her craft that I've ever been around. She's really, really a gift to the program. I'm thankful to have her." RELATED: There is no 'I' in team Mueller stands out in the sport because of her NASA background as much as for her gender. And that's a source of pride for her. A former successful quarter- and micro-midget racer near her hometown of Fresno, California, Mueller insists she's always just felt like "one of the guys." And if she wasn't going to be racing cars, then working around them was the next best option. "I realized early enough, as much as I wanted to be a professional race car driver, it just wasn't going to work out and quickly switched gears to race as long as I could and just have fun,'' Mueller explained. "Then mechanical engineering became my focus. The deal with my dad was all through racing, I had to have straight-As to race so he pretty much set me up to help me stay on the path (to college) as well." Gender really had nothing to do with either of her professional tracks. However, Mueller acknowledges there are still few women working on cars in the garage, but the numbers are growing. And she's hopeful her opportunity and success will attract others. "Growing up with race teams I was around whether it was my dad's or when I was racing as a teenager or even in college, I was always just one of the guys," Mueller said. "I'm very fortunate it never was an issue. "The one thing I hope comes out of all this is that (young women) see there's no reason they can't do whatever they want." And to her credit, Mueller's team has always been more focused on her ability than her gender. "Our team doesn't look at her any differently,'' Penske driver Joey Logano said after celebrating yet another XFINITY Series win at Talladega Superspeedway this spring. "Andrea's a great asset. She helps (crew chief) Jeremy Bullins, she helps Greg (Erwin) a ton and I like that she's very assertive. She's not scared to put in her opinion and that's a good thing to have in that position. RELATED: Series owner standings "The best crew chiefs and engineers are racers first and I think you have to have racing in your blood to understand the grassroots of motorsports then to have the engineering degree … that's key. You've got to have both and Andrea does. They don't teach the sport in college. "And Andrea's more exited than anyone to win these races." With the success and recognition Mueller's earned, flying under the radar won't be an option, especially when she achieves her next goal -- to be a race engineer in the Sprint Cup Series. Breaking down gender stereotypes is old hat and a non-issue for Mueller, who's held dream job after dream job. Her focus is not surprisingly more singular: winning. "At the end of the day, sometimes you have to pinch yourself," Mueller said. "Am I really working on race cars for Mr. Penske and this is really my job and I'm getting paid to do this? That's outstanding." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Kenny Wallace gets a surprise from his daughter before racing his final NASCAR series race.
Miss Coors Light, Amanda Mertz, catches up with Kyle Busch as he continues his dominance by grabbing his second career pole at Pocono Raceway after winning the last four out of five races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Get full lineup of NASCAR programming for the week RELATED: See the full weekend schedule " NBC Sports Live Extra All times ET Monday, July 27 6 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN 2:30 p.m., NASCAR 120, NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 Special 2015 (re-air), NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 6:30 p.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 Special 2015, NBCSN Tuesday, July 28 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 4:30 p.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 Special (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR America: States of NASCAR #5 (re-air), NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 6:30 p.m., NASCAR America: States of NASCAR #6 (re-air), NBCSN 9 p.m., Knock Knock Live with Jeff Gordon , FOX RELATED: Watch Gordon surprise a fan on 'Knock Knock Live' Wednesday, July 29 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 Thursday, July 30 3 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 4:30 p.m., NASCAR America: States of NASCAR #6 (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 Special 2015 (re-air), NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 6:30 p.m., NASCAR America: Scan All 43 Special 2015 (re-air), NBCSN 7 p.m., NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour: Monadnock Speedway (tape), NBCSN 1 a.m., NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour: Monadnock Speedway (re-air), NBCSN Friday, July 31 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 11 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, NBCSN 2 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, FOX Sports 1 4:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 7 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN 2 a.m., NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour: Monadnock Speedway (re-air), NBCSN Saturday, August 1 8 a.m., NASCAR America: States of NASCAR #5 (re-air), NBCSN 8:30 a.m., NASCAR America: States of NASCAR #6 (re-air), NBCSN 9 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, NBCSN 10 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1 11:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN 12:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Setup, FOX Sports 1 1 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountain 150, FOX Sports 1 2:30 p.m., Being: Stewart-Haas Racing , FOX Sports 1 4:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 7:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Countdown to Green, NBCSN 8 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250 Presented by New Holland, NBCSN Sunday, August 2 6 a.m., NASCAR America: States of NASCAR #5 (re-air), NBCSN 10:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying (re-air), NBCSN 11 a.m., NASCAR RaceDay: Pocono, FOX Sports 2 Noon, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge: Lime Rock (re-air), FOX Sports 1 Noon, NASCAR America Sunday, NBCSN 1 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Countdown to Green, NBCSN 1:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Windows 10 400 , NBCSN 5:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Post-Race Show, NBCSN 11 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lap, NBCSN Midnight, NASCAR Victory Lane, FOX Sports 1 Midnight, NASCAR America: States of NASCAR #6 (re-air), NBCSN 3:30 a.m. (Monday), NASCAR Victory Lane (re-air), FOX Sports 1 &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;
Crew chief suspended for a race; team owner docked 15 points RELATED: NASCAR's official release NASCAR handed down a P3-level penalty Wednesday to the Premium Motorsports No. 98 Ford team for failure to properly attach weight during last weekend's Sprint Cup Series event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The No. 98 car, driven by Timmy Hill for the second straight week in last Sunday's Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 , lost a piece of tungsten during Friday practice near the pit-road exit on the 2.5-mile track. The dropped weight was a violation of three sections of the 2015 NASCAR Rule Book (Sections 12:1; 22.214.171.124.1; 20.3.5). NASCAR officials suspended crew chief Scott Eggleston for one Sprint Cup Series race and fined him $25,000. NASCAR also suspended car chief Kevin Eagle for one race. Both were placed on probation through Dec. 31. Mike Curb, the listed team owner for the Premium No. 98, was also docked 15 championship points in the car owner standings. The No. 98 began the year under the Phil Parsons Racing umbrella before Premium Motorsports took ownership in the spring. Josh Wise failed to qualify the car for the season-opening Daytona 500 , but competed in the next 17 races before announcing that he had parted ways with the team. Hill has driven for the team the last two weekends. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
After Race 12 of the 2015 season at Pocono Raceway
Driver documents fluids taken and weight lost at Indianapolis Landon Cassill performed a "science experiment" during Sunday's Crown Royal presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The full-time driver in both the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series proved his stamina after May's Coca-Cola 600 , running 14 miles to the NASCAR Hall of Fame following NASCAR's longest race of the season. He also qualified to compete in next month's Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Austria. As he braved temperatures that saw one in-car thermometer in Casey Mears ' car reach at least 131 degrees, Cassill had a query: How much weight would a driver lose over 400 miles in a race? See the results of his experiment below. Science experiment! My pre race weight, I'm planning on taking in 80oz of fluids in the race, we'll see what I lose. pic.twitter.com/QJ0W071Yz3 — landon cassill (@landoncassill) July 26, 2015 Consumed 110oz fluids & 1100 calories->post race 147.4lbs. That's -15lbs, replaced 7 of it with fluids, net loss 8lbs pic.twitter.com/WsXq6rsvO0 — landon cassill (@landoncassill) July 26, 2015 That's a 10% gross loss of body weight, getting it back to 5% with fluid replacement. I think I'd like to see closer to 3%. — landon cassill (@landoncassill) July 26, 2015 I few more stats from the 110oz of fluids I took in...1,100 Cal, 1,978mg of sodium, 264g Carbs, 572mg Potassium — landon cassill (@landoncassill) July 26, 2015 FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
New at-track shopping experience begins at Pocono RELATED: See photos of the new merchandise experience LONG POND, Pa. -- A new era in NASCAR shopping has officially launched with the new "Trackside Superstore." A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday at Pocono Raceway officially ushered in the new retail model as the sport moves away from merchandise haulers and into an at-track shopping experience that is faster and features more selections for fans. Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick , Pocono June race winner Martin Truex Jr ., Ross Tannenbaum, president of Fanatics Authentic, Brandon Igdalsky, president of Pocono Raceway, and Blake Davidson, vice president of Licensing and Consumer Products for NASCAR , spoke before fans rushed in to experience the store. Vice Chairman of NASCAR Mike Helton also checked out the "Trackside Superstore." The "Trackside Superstore," which is run by Fanatics, totals 60,000 square feet, has specific sections for most drivers and carries $2.5 million in retail inventory, while also carrying a 50 percent increase in product assortment for most of the drivers. There also are dedicated specialty shops for ladies, kids, collectibles and tailgate. There are still some select haulers, most notably for Team Penske and Brad Keselowski merchandise. "This NASCAR superstore is like nothing I've ever seen," Igdalsky told the crowd. "I'm so excited that we were able to launch this year at Pocono. NASCAR has done a great job of enhancing the fan experience, and this is just the next level." The ease of the shopper experience at the "Trackside Superstore" was something that immediately struck Truex. "I'm super excited about this," Truex said. "I can't tell you how many questions I've had this year on Twitter just about, 'Hey, where do I get that hat? Where do I get that shirt?' This makes it easy. Everybody goes in there, finds their favorite driver, finds what they're looking for very easily." He later jokingly added that, "I feel like it's welcome to 2015 everybody." Harvick echoed Truex's thoughts, while also adding his own perspective from when Kevin Harvick Incorporated handled his merchandise. "You come in and walk through your section and you realize how simple the process is to go about finding your driver and checkout," Harvick said. "The thing I noticed the most was just how easily you can see everything and how there might have been a whole bunch of products before that you didn't know where on the trailers. It's definitely like Martin said, it's welcome to 2015. ... It's a huge step for everybody. "Having the experience that we had running our own merchandise stuff for several years at KHI and now seeing this, it's really something that's really neat. You understand the undertaking it takes to get to this point." Davidson indicated this has been a year-long project, from seeking proposals to revealing Fanatics as the selection to running the business in January to today's opening. "We've been working on this a long time," Davidson said. "And we walked in and saw what they put together. Fanatics has done a tremendous job. It's really blown us away, the breadth of product. The ability of the fans to touch and feel the product, which we knew they would be able to do. There's so much here, there's so much new product here that we've never had a track before. I think people are really going to be excited when they get here." Cayce and Mark Votek have been coming to Pocono for the past 10 years. Cayce, a fan of Denny Hamlin , liked that even with the new setup there was still a feel of familiarity. "I was a little skeptical at first," Cayce said. "I do like that I can touch the stuff first. That's actually really cool, probably dangerous for me because now I just grab it all. I know all of the people from Denny's hauler because I go there all the time and I actually ran into one, so I like that they're still here. There's still some familiarity. So far, so good." In addition to being able to touch and feel the products, Tannenbaum touted the reduced wait times fans will have to buy merchandise. The Fanatics executive estimated that in peak times the wait at a hauler was between 45 minutes and an hour. However, he acknowledged that this new model wasn't without his challenges when compared to running merchandise at other events like the NHL Winter Classic or the SEC Championship Game. "From a process, this is absolutely the most challenging one we've had and I think will ever have," Tannenbaum said. "When you think about it, go set up the Super Bowl and then break it down 38 times and set up again the next week. That's what makes it the most challenging. At Fanatics, it was an exciting challenge. It was 'go for a solution to this and make this work.' And what we presented to NASCAR and where we ended up today is very different because we learned so much." Tannenbaum added that Fanatics has three different tent structures, two different sets of fixtures to hold merchandise and one set of inventory for the trackside superstore. Next weekend's race at Watkins Glen will have a slightly different setup and a team is already up there to set it up. A team from Pocono will drive to Watkins Glen when the Tricky Triangle race weekend ends to build the setup out with the inventory. "What you are seeing here is going to be the standard superstore for all tracks," Tannenbaum said. "What is going to happen is there will be more locations and satellite locations at tracks that do either more revenue or less revenue, wider tracks. I use Richmond as the example. This store at Richmond, everybody walks into that front, it's pretty straightforward. At Daytona or the really big tracks, you are going to have to have multiple locations to meet the consumers' demand. We are going to look at what revenues are at the track, what the flow of traffic is and make sure that we can manage all of that. But this will be the central point for all of the stores." And while the new setup may take some time for fans to get used to, Truex said this was a good change for the long run. "I know a lot of NASCAR fans are worried about things changing, but I assure them this is a change for the better and I think it looks great." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Kyle works to keep up momentum to join brother, more in Chase RELATED: Chase Grid Only six races remain before the 16-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field is set. Here's what we know: Kyle Busch 's third consecutive win continues his incredible comeback and brings him even closer to the Chase. He heads into Sunday's Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway only 23 points behind Justin Allgaier for 30th in the standings -- the position that would make him eligible for the Chase. In order to do this before the Chase starts, Busch will need to average 19.8 points in the final six races of the regular season. This means "Rowdy" must finish 24th or better each race. Kyle's older brother, Kurt, left Indianapolis in good standings after locking up a top 30 spot. Kurt Busch joins Kevin Harvick , Dale Earnhardt Jr . and Jimmie Johnson as they have all guaranteed their spots in the Chase. Drivers with a win who are still looking to lock up a top 30 spot are Joey Logano , Martin Truex Jr ., Brad Keselowski , Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards . A win at Pocono would secure any of these drivers a spot in the Chase, although Edwards may need some help. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule