NASCAR will take part in a new initiative from the U.S. Department of Transportation to increase awareness of tire safety and promote energy efficiency.
Talented young driver Ryan Blaney, along with his No. 22 Team Penske Ford that won the 2014 XFINITY Series’ owner’s championship and Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, were all in attendance for today’s announcement at The White House.
The U.S. DOT will seek to establish a tire fuel efficiency education program by 2017 to help consumers choose the most energy-efficient tires. It is also teaming up with multiple tire manufacturers to kick off Tire Safety Awareness Month (today through Jan. 9, 2015), and NASCAR will help the cause with a “Drive For Safety” program that will roll out next racing season.
More than 11,000 tire-related vehicle crashes occur in the U.S. each year, a figure that the DOT, NASCAR, and the tire manufacturers wish to reduce. Proper tire maintenance can also help consumers save money: Figures from the White House state that if 10 million drivers kept their tires properly inflated, they could save almost $500 million and 1.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide a year.
Besides his duties at the White House, Blaney also got to tour the U.S. Capitol today with Rep. Richard Hudson, a Republican congressman from North Carolina.