Track officials said they are going to announce the project with agroundbreaking ceremony on Friday, two days before the Sunoco Red CrossPennsylvania 500 at the track in Long Pond, Pa. Pocono Raceway will behosting two Nascar Sprint Cup races each year. This will be unique andwill put them in a league of their own. About 40,000 photovoltaicpanels are to be installed on 25 acres of land across the street fromthe racetrack, which was being used as parking lots. Once completed itwill generate 3 megawatts in spring 2010.
Estimated at $15-17 million, though Nascar markets agas-powered sport, they has begun several programs to help theenvironment, including a project to plant 20 acres of trees a year atracetracks to help offset carbon dioxide emissions.