- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 11, 2013

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) - Watkins Glen International has been honored by NASCAR for its dedication to the environment.

The NASCAR Green track operator award recognizes motorsport facilities for ongoing contributions to developing effective and sustainable green policies and practices.

Watkins Glen was recognized for joining forces with NextEra Energy to launch a windmill project that has the potential to create a lasting renewable energy resource for the Watkins Glen area in New York’s Finger Lakes region. Plans are for up to 70 turbines to be installed over the next three years, with each tower capable of powering 2,900 homes annually.

Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Operations, presented the award on Wednesday to WGI president Michael Printup. The Glen is owned and operated by International Speedway Corp.

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