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Me, a NASCAR Fan?

2012 May 21

By Melanie Vrabel

I never imagined myself becoming a NASCAR fan. But sure enough, I find myself watching races on the weekends. It all started because my fiancée is an avid NASCAR fan (his favorite driver is #39, Ryan Newman…. I didn’t even need to Google Ryan’s name to find out his number!). At first, I actually teased him quite a bit about it. But as the months went on, I found myself knowing drivers names, numbers, and sponsors as well as trying to predict a winner before each race. I know more about NASCAR now than I ever imagined I would.

So when I found out that EPA was working with NASCAR (and signed an MOU with them on Monday), I jumped at the chance to be involved. I knew my fiancée would be proud, if not a bit jealous. NASCAR and EPA will be working together to continue to green the sport. Since NASCAR has such a huge national fan base, they can help communicate environmental information in ways that reach a large audience.

NASCAR and EPA will work together to highlight DfE products. Additionally, NASCAR can use DfE products at their facilities and at racing events, to show fans that using DfE products is an easy, cost-effective and important way that they can protect the health of their families and pets, clients and co-workers, and the planet.

My fiancée has been trying to convince me to go to a race, and I’ve resisted. Now with the newly formed partnership between EPA and NASCAR, attending a race this year is on my to-do list!

About the author: Melanie Vrabel is a chemist and project manager in the Design for the Environment Program. She works very closely with product manufacturers to help them formulate the safest products possible.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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4 Responses leave one →
  1. Felipe Cervantes permalink
    May 21, 2012

    What´s MOU and what´s DfE products?
    Could you be more specific about NASCAR and the enviroment and less personal with your intimacy? I´d like for you to response to my @ mail address, thank you

  2. May 24, 2012

    Thank you for your interest.

    “MOU” stands for “memorandum of understanding.” Parties form them when they want to work together toward common goals. You can read the NASCAR-EPA MOU at

    A “DfE-product” is a product that carries the EPA’s Design for the Environment (“DfE”) label. DfE labels products that meet stringent health and environmental criteria. For more information, including a listing of DfE-labeled products, please visit:

  3. RandaL permalink
    June 20, 2012

    Just read recommendation to allow E15 fuel to be sold. Yes you say it is for 2001 or later highway vehicles. Do you assume that retailers can afford the tanks and pumps to also carry fuel for older and Marine products? Is it cheaper or more expensive for refineries to blend several types of fuel rather than one? Whats happens when the public realizes that they get less fuel Mileage on E fuel? When we figure out how to do this with kudzu or other product not consumed by humans or livestock only then maybe.

  4. Sports Probe permalink
    November 9, 2012

    nice post..thank you for sharing..

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