Living Classrooms and Nuclear Clean Air Energy Team Up in Baltimore
Simona De Silvestro Races for Good Causes
Baltimore, Md. – Simona De Silvestro put on quite a show for the IZOD IndyCar fans, her sponsors and the city of Baltimore during the inaugural running of the Baltimore Grand Prix.
The weekend started with a heartfelt evening raising funds for The Living Classrooms Foundation, a Baltimore educational and job skills training program that reaches and teaches at-risk youth with “learning by doing” instruction.
“It was special to meet some of the students and hear their stories first-hand,” said De Silvestro. “This is one way that the Nuclear Clean Air Energy effort reaches beyond the race track to impact the lives of young people. That’s a really good feeling.”
De Silvestro and her HVM Racing team first visited the city of Baltimore in January where they announced a three-year partnership with Entergy Nuclear to promote the Nuclear Clean Air Energy national education initiative. For the inaugural 2011 Baltimore Grand Prix, AREVA, the global leader in nuclear energy, came aboard as an associate sponsor.
“With AREVA, Entergy is proud to support educational efforts like the Living Classrooms Foundation,” said John Herron, president, CEO and chief nuclear officer of Entergy Nuclear.
“It is important to our industry and to our country to reach out to students. Nuclear Clean Air Energy is doing that across the country and we are happy to have the chance to make a difference in Baltimore,” Herron remarked.
Through the “Make an Impact” program hosted by Entergy and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, AREVA purchased carbon offsets to equal the amount released by the race car for the entire the 2011 season. This carbon offset gave fans even more to cheer about during the Baltimore Grand Prix.
De Silvestro impressed and entertained her sponsors on what she’s referred to as what feels like her “home track.” The Swiss driver qualified at the tenth starting position and moved up through the field to even lead the race for one lap. Unfortunately, fuel strategy was the name of the game. Because of excessively long yellow-flag laps, the mid-pack teams were able to conserve just enough fuel to finish the race. De Silvestro, despite a perfectly-executed race, finished in Position 12.
“Honestly, I’m a bit disappointed in where we finished,” said De Silvestro, "but the Nuclear Clean Air Energy car was really good. We were able to gain positions every time we tried.
The track is a lot of fun and such a physical track for a driver, but I like it. Plus, the support from my sponsors this weekend was amazing. I hope they had as much fun as I did"
About Living Classrooms Foundation
Living Classrooms Foundation is a non-profit organization providing hands-on education and job skills training for students from diverse backgrounds, with a special emphasis on serving at-risk youth. Living Classrooms uses community revitalization projects and other challenging learning environments, and a low staff-to-student ratio with “learning by doing” education programs to augment the applied learning of math, science, reading, history, economics, and ecology. www.livingclassrooms.org
About HVM Racing
HVM Racing was founded by Keith Wiggins and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The 2011 season marks its tenth year of competition since forming in 2001. Since its inception, HVM Racing has earned six victories, two pole positions, 22 podiums, 40 top-five finishes and 97 top-tens. The team also earned “Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year” honors with current driver Simona De Silvestro in 2010. HVM finished fourth and third, respectively, in the Champ Car World Series in 2006 and 2007, and earned drivers Mario Dominguez and Robert Doornbos Rookie of the Year honors in 2002 and 2007, respectively. HVM Racing can be found online at www.hvmracing.com. Follow the team on twitter at www.twitter.com/HVMracing and on facebook at www.facebook.com/HVMRacing.
AREVA provides its customers with solutions for low-carbon power generation in North America and all over the world. As the leader in nuclear energy and a significant, growing player in the renewable energies sector, AREVA combines U.S. and Canadian leadership, access to worldwide expertise and a proven track record of performance. Sustainable development is a core component of AREVA’s strategy. Its more the 5,000 U.S. and Canadian employees work every day to make AREVA a responsible industrial player helping to supply ever cleaner, safer and more economical energy to the greatest number of people. AREVA Inc. is headquartered in Bethesda, Md. Visit us online at http://us.areva.com or follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/AREVAinc.
Entergy is the second largest owner and operator of U.S. nuclear energy plants. They operate or provide management services to 12 reactors at 10 sites. 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 delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and more than 15,000 employees. For more information: www.entergy-nuclear.com and www.NuclearCleanAirEnergy.com on Twitter at @NuclearCleanAir, and on facebook at NuclearCleanAirEnergy.
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