NASCAR was recently called to task for allowing the use of leaded fuelyears after it has disappeared from the daily driver scene. At least oneenvironmental group is taking issue with this and received some nationalattention from it.
Many racing organizations allow the use ofleaded racing fuel. Racing is exempt from using
Leaded racing fuel is a part of the sport'senvironment. Arguments can be made that the NASCAR events involve so fewvehicles and with so little frequency that the change would benegligible with respect to the environment.
While the United States doesnot mandate unleaded fuels for racing, Canada does. As such, teams thattravel to Canada have dealt with the problem of unleaded fuel and foundno discernible effect. In fact, several gasoline companies have beenmaking unleaded racing fuel. Sunoco offers the GT 100 unleaded in itsproduct line. VP Racing Fuels has developed several unleaded racingfuels for various off-road applications.
The key here is off road. Theuse of leaded fuel is permitted in off-road applications, and racingfalls directly into that line. There is no evidence of any pendinglegislation that would change the provision and require all racing to bedone with unleaded fuel.
In an upcoming issue (summer, 2005) of CircleTrack, we will delve into the unleaded fuel debate. In the meantime,we'd like to hear what you have to think. We invite you to submit yourview on our question below.