Further, as noted by the GRWG, "Several major racing series have already taken steps in the direction of green racing, and many industry leaders have expressed their support for the directions we propose." In particular, the GRWG has emphasized one of its stated goals is to "do no harm to competitive motorsports." Among its various intentions, Circle Track has adopted the same approach, directing its current project to the common good of providing options to existing racing programs that not only help sustain them but also bring a measure of environmental and economic responsibility to their efforts.

Who Is Herb Fishel? My introduction to Herb Fishel was roughly 40 years ago during his tenure as a young GM engineer, hand-picked by Chevrolet's Zora Duntov, working out design features of the then-new big-block Chevy. He remained in Chevrolet's "Product Performance" group for a number of years and was responsible for a wide range of product developments, in addition to tasks that required building cooperative initiatives between competing NASCAR teams, including such strange bedfellows as Smokey Yunick and Junior Johnson. This latter role helped hone his political and diplomatic skills well beyond normal levels. In time, he became the head of Buick Motorsports and was the driving force behind a full array of Buick V-6 engine high-performance and racing ventures. From there he returned to Chevrolet and ultimately became the Director of all GM Racing activities, amassing an enviable record of motorsports wins and championships.

Upon his retirement a few years ago, having developed a keen perspective of global motor racing needs, problems, and potential for the future, Herb began applying his visionary skills to how this community could, and should, posture itself in the years to come. This story and the one on page 34 convey many of his concerns and beliefs, in addition to including the perspectives of several notable people engaged in crafting ways and means to follow Herb's lead.

To the latter, we've been able to engage people who are well-versed on a green racing initiative and their comments are provided to include their views. Pay particular attention to the range, depth, and identity of persons introduced in these stories. In addition, you will also discover how Circle Track magazine intends to become involved in this emerging area of motor racing, particularly as it applies to circle-track and road-racing venues.CT