NASCAR uses a hybrid pace car

April 23, 2009 

CONCORD, N.C. -- Until recently, about the only thing green about NASCAR was Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s paint scheme.

Tuesday, a day before Earth Day, Toyota and Lowe's Motor Speedway unveiled something else green -- an environmentally friendly Toyota Camry Hybrid that will serve as the pace car for the May 24 Coca-Cola 600.

To be approved as a pace car, the Camry Hybrid had to pass a NASCAR-mandated performance test. To run at Lowe's, a pace car is required to reach speeds close to 100 mph from a stand-by position near the exit of pit road to the time it reaches the exit of Turn 2 - a distance of about a quarter of a mile.

Read the full story at miamiherald.com.

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