Nuclear Clean Air Energy IndyCar #78 on the Streets in Baltimore
Jackson, Miss. – The Nuclear Clean
Air Energy IndyCar entered its second year on the IZOD international racing
series in an announcement that took place on the downtown streets of the
Baltimore Grand Prix. It signaled an effort to broadly educate Americans and
others globally about the benefits of nuclear electricity.
“We are proud to lead this effort
with nuclear partners who understand the importance of this basic industry need:
It is our job to educate others that nuclear is a clean, safe technology
critical for an affordable and dependable electricity supply,” stated John
Herron, President, CEO and Chief Nuclear Officer for Entergy Nuclear.
“Not only do we want to build
understanding for nuclear energy, we are promoting great careers in science,
technology, engineering and mathematics. Our workforce welcomes young talent in
Entergy is the second largest
producer of nuclear electricity in the U.S. and sponsor for the Nuclear Clean
Air Energy national education initiative. Other nuclear industry partners
include AREVA, HOLTEC, Rev 1 and Wachs Technical Services. The goal of the
initiative is to broaden awareness of the benefits of safe, clean, affordable
and reliable nuclear energy. The #78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy IndyCar brings
national and global visibility to the initiative. Other elements of the
educational effort includes Power Path, a curriculum for middle and high
schools; promotion of educational events during National Nuclear Science Week;
and relationships with national organizations that promote science careers.
“Normally, I get a lot of questions
about racing. Now, I also get asked about nuclear energy,” stated Simona De
Silvestro, driver of the #78 IndyCar and the 2010 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year.
“During my latest tour of a nuclear plant, I stood next to a spent fuel pool.
That was cool and I learned so much from employees there. I feel good talking to
others about the benefits of nuclear electricity.” De Silvestro toured Entergy’s
Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in December 2011.
IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard noted that
he is looking forward to the 2012 season with new chassis designs and engines on
the IZOD IndyCar Series. Representatives from the Living Classrooms Foundation
were also present at the event to acknowledge the successful efforts of the race
team and partners in raising funds for the foundation educational initiatives in
the Baltimore-Washington area.
There are 20 race teams representing
27 drivers and the Nuclear Clean Air Energy team is unique in that it posts an
educational message on the side of the car rather than the sponsor or a product.
“About 20 percent of Americans are
fans of IndyCar racing. By putting this fact on the side of the car - Nuclear
Clean Air Energy - we reached more than 1.5 million trackside and over 400
million TV viewers in the U.S., with 30 billion internet impressions for the
IndyCar Series globally. We are building visibility while working together with
industry partners and other voices like the National Science Teachers
Association to educate,” said Herron.
In March De Silvestro is slated to
appear as a “Science Rock Star” during the 2012 Annual Conference for NSTA where
approximately 12,000 science teachers are gathering.
The IZOD IndyCar Series opens its
2012 race season on March 23 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The complete schedule is
online at www.IndyCar.com.
Entergy Corporation is an integrated
energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail
distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with
approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the
second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers
electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi
and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and
approximately 15,000 employees.