Nuclear Partners Gather for 2012 Launch: Nuclear Clean Air Energy IndyCar #78 in Baltimore
Monday, February 27, 2012
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. Click here to view the press release containing pictures and links.
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 these
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
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
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.
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.
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
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,
Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 15,000
To view Entergy's official press release, containing pictures and links, click here.