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Verena Mei Gets the Lead Out, Cleans Up in Victory Lane

Verena Mei with the Nissan she later converted to run on E85
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Q: What's black and white and green all over?
A: Verena Mei's checkered flag. At the Media Leaders meetup at the Falcon restaurant in Hollywood last Wednesday, professional race car driver Verena Mei discussed how she did her part to help the environment and also feel good about auto racing. (We also learned why Prius owners are such aggressive drivers.)

"I wanted to set an example," explained Verena. "As a motor sports driver, I realize that motor sports isn't the greenest thing on Earth but I'm still going to do it. So I'm going to do my part to make it green."

After racing in the Formula Drift series from 2004 to 2007, Verena Mei converted her Nissan Z-series drift car to run on alternative fuel. Not only was the conversion successful, but her car won her racing class in its debut year.

Verena's Nissan runs on E85. E85 is an ethanol blend made from corn. Graham Suorsa of the Impresario Group, a business incubator, explained why E85 is an intelligent choice on many levels.

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When E85 burns, the only byproducts are alcohol and oxygen. "When the fuel for your next season is just another crop away, you're in sustainable mode." You're also keeping jobs in the U.S. and not dependent on foreign petroleum," added Verena.