Opening Ceremony, Awards, and Keynote Address at the 2011 Clean Cities Stakeholder Summit


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Transcript:
John: I'd like to start by introducing Mr. Mark Dill who is
Vice President for Public Relations for the Speedway. He has a
few words of welcome. Mark.
Mark Dill: Thank you. It's great to play to a standing room audience.
We're working on getting some addition chairs here. As in the introduction,
I am Mark Dill Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations at the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And I was asked to do a welcome. In a span
of just two minutes, I started thinking I wanted to deliver something more
than just a suit doing a perfunctory welcome. I wanted to stress a point
that at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, we share your passion and we share
your vision. Proof of that is last month on May 7th, we launched our first
Emerging Tech Day. It's all about automobiles' sustainability in this ecosystem
that's forming around green energy and alternative energy with a focus on
improving the economic opportunities in our state and in our country, but
also a quality of life that we have and future generations will have. We also
understand that to carry that message, the proponents of that message need a
world class platform. And that's what we're prepared to do. Big focus of our
Emerging Tech Day was to do ride and drives with electric cars. We even had
an electric powered Indy car out here running, doing a few laps. We want to
build on that and next year we're looking at actually staging time trials and
the ambition of even setting a 200-mile an hour record for an electric vehicle
around this famed Brickyard. We also have launched something we call the
Holman Cup. The Holman Cup is actually a challenge trophy. It has history here
at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the spin we want to put on it in this
context is that we want to give original equipment manufacturers in the
automobile industry an opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities.
This also could apply to power utilities or companies that manufacture
charging stations or whatever it may be. Give that work with the industry
and allow them to define the criteria that they want to demonstrate thru a
certified run with the reward being this Holman Cup to attract commercial
interest in their products and advance their messages. So I just wanted to
make the point that we do share your vision. We're honored to have you here.
We're delighted to have you here. It's great that we have wonderful weather
for this event. And I just wanted to extend a warm Indianapolis Motor Speedway
welcome to each and every one of you. Thank you so much.[Applause]
John: Thank you, Mark. Good morning. I'm John Davis, of course from MotorWeek.
Most of you that I had a chance to meet before, thank you for coming today and
my welcome, too. I'm going to be your Master of Ceremonies this morning.
As Mark said, being invited here to the Brickyard is an incredible opportunity
to just live a lot of motor racing history; the Indianapolis 500 of course,
the most famous of all racing events of the world. I'm delighted to have
a chance to be up here as it's our home today for the Clean Cities Alternative
Fuel Vehicles and Advanced Technology Expo Ride and Drive. That's a mouthful.
We're going to ask you to try out not to set any new records today. Just do
realize that you're driving around some of the most hallowed ground in
automotive history. And if you know any car guys and gals back at home,
they're going to be envious of you. So, make sure you let them know what
you've been doing today because it's really a rare treat. Our first speaker
that I wanted to introduce today is David Sandalow. David is Assistant
Secretary for Policy in International Affairs for our host, the U.S.
Department of Energy. In that position, David helps coordinate all the
policy and manage international activities at the DOE. Prior to his current
position, he held numerous energy and environmental posts, including Energy
and Environmental Scholar and Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies
Programs of the Brookings Institution as well as Energy and Climate Change
Working Group Chair at the Clinton Global Initiative. David is the author of
2008 book 'Freedom from Oil' which I have to tell you, is a wonderful not only
synopsis of how we got to where we are today but where we need to go in the
future. And his most recent book 'Plug-in Electric Vehicles: What Role for
Washington'. So please join me in welcoming to the Brickyard Assistant
Secretary David Sandalow. [Applause] And it's all yours, David.
David: Many thanks, John. Thanks, Mark. It's great to be here at the Brickyard.
I can't wait to go home and tell my kids that I was just accelerating out of a
turn at the Motor Speedway. It is really great to be here. Look at this crowd.
See all these people from around the country who are passionate about reducing
our petroleum dependence and working on it every day. I just want to start
with some questions, actually. So, how many people here own one or more cell
phones, out of curiosity? Okay. How many of you -- think back 20 years -
how many of you owned a cell phone 20 years ago; a few hands in the crowd.
How many people own personal computer that gets access to the internet?
Think back 20 years. How many of you owned a personal computer with access
to the internet 20 years ago? Okay; just a few. This might be less than a
hundred percent but how many of you have ever driven in your car with a little
black box that talks to you in a female voice, for some reason it's always a
female voice. It says, "Turn left in ten miles. Turn right in 50 feet," tells
you where you're going to go; almost everybody. How many people in this crowd
even had the idea of a little black box that could position you on this planet
plus or minus 25 feet in any direction 20 years ago? Just a few of you.
We got some engineers, some visionaries, a few of you. Okay. Now, how many of
you plugged in your cars when you went home last night or last time you ...
got a few in this crowd. How many of you have photovoltaic cells on your roofs?
Got a few of those. Last question. In this crowd of energy experts, how many
of you think you know how much it costs in electricity to run your refrigerator
for a year, say, plus or minus $25? Got a few. Let me just note for the record,
a lot less than half. So I make this prediction. Twenty years from now,
when we look forward, if I ask those last three questions I just asked,
how many of you plugged in your car when you went home? How many had photovoltaic
cells on your roof? How many know the cost of electricity of running a
basic appliance in your homes? The answers are going to be a lot different.
Because we are on the cusp of an energy revolution today. And how quickly we
advance in that revolution will depend a lot upon the passion, the ingenuity
and the hard work of people like you who are in this crowd. Now, let me just
cover some basics which people here know. Ninety-five percent of the energy in
our transportation system today comes from one fuel: petroleum. You know, it is
interesting and it doesn't seem odd to us because each of us grew up with that;
our parents grew up with that; our grandparents all grew up in a world in which
95 percent of the fuel in our cars and trucks come from one source. But I
think it is odd. If I'm thirsty, I can have some water, I can have some
Coca-Cola, I can have some orange juice. I have lots of other choices. If I'm
hungry, I can have a hamburger, I can have sushi, I can have salad, I can have
a hotdog. How come when I drive some place, I have essentially, in most situations,
one choice; and that's petroleum. And the people in this crowd are working to
make sure that Americans have a choice of different fuels so they can drive not
just on petroleum but on electricity or natural gas or bio-fuels or all kinds
of other fuels that ought to be available in our vehicle fleet. You know today
we spend $400Billion a year importing petroleum? For most Americans,
transportation is their second largest expense just after housing. And the
frequent changes in prices which we've seen over the course of the past year
are a big problem for businesses. But you all know we've got the opportunity
to change that. We've got new technologies that are not only on the horizon
but already on the roads today in parades like we just saw and we can make a
difference. Let me tell you. It's one reason I am very proud to be working for
President Obama who from the time he's been in public life, he's been working
in this area, he's been pushing new technologies. Within just about a month of
taking office, President Obama signed the Recovery Act. Not everyone knows
this. The Recovery Act was the single largest energy bill in U.S. history.
Within the Recovery Act, there were $90Billion for clean energy and that
included billions of dollars for alternative fuels and transportation helping
to support electric vehicles; helping to support clean fleets; helping to
support programs that make Americans less dependent on oil in the years ahead.
Within the first several months of being in office in spring of 2009, he
negotiated historic agreement on improving fuel efficiency, bringing together
state governments, environmental community and auto manufacturers and others to
help improve automotive fuel efficiency standards. We have the first ever fuel
efficiency standards for trucks. President Obama has announced the goal of a
million electric vehicles on the road by 2015, something that we can do with American
ingenuity and government and business working together. Around the world, governments
are working with their businesses to win the race for the alternative vehicle markets
in the future. It is critical that in the United States, governments work with businesses
and governments like the ones that some of you are working for, federal governments,
state governments, local governments are empowered to work with businesses to make a
difference to help our people in the years ahead. So, at the Department of Energy,
we're exploring a number of different solutions. With research and development, we aim
to reduce battery cost by a third from 2009 to 2015. Increasing battery range to 300
miles per charge and developing advanced energy crops from bio-fuels. Let me just say,
fortunately, we know that Clean Cities is the program that you all are involved in. The
Clean Cities Program is far from new to this arena. Let me just say a word about the
Clean Cities Program. And thank all of you for all the hard work you do and all the
great work that the Clean Cities Program has done. For 18 years, you've seen all of
this and you've been working. Today, 87 coalitions around the nation are working hard to
reach out to businesses, to governments, to transit agencies and utilities with 8,400
stakeholders throughout the country in this Clean Cities program. You help stakeholders
find the solutions that fit their unique needs whether they choose bio-fuels or gaseous
fuels, electric vehicles, idle reduction or fuel economy measures. By providing
support to the on the ground coordinators, the Clean Cities teams are able to combine
federal resources with local knowledge in an innovative and effective manner. Knowing
this level of commitment, we at the Department of Energy are proud to celebrate the
Clean Cities initiative's accomplishments. In particular, I want to recognize today
the significance of Clean Cities reducing nearly three billion gallons of petroleum
use since 1993 and more recently, managing 25 projects under the Recovery Act I was
just talking about. Those projects are supporting jobs in domestic manufacturing
including the building of hybrid trucks in North Carolina, Freightliner, manufacturing
of all electric vehicles in Kansas City at Smith Electric and conversions to natural
gas in Utah at Alternative Vehicle Solutions. Those are just some of the examples of
the people in this audience and the Clean Cities Program creating jobs for Americans
today. And that's something that we can build on in the future in the years to come.
You know, in fact, right here -- [Applause] Right here in Indiana. A Recovery Act
project is installing more than 200 propane fueling stations and deploying 700 propane
vehicles which will reduce more than a million gallons of petroleum annually. Productive
concepts for small business in Union city, Indiana is in the process of converting all
of these vehicles. In a business of 58 people, they'll be able to hire 15 to 20 extra
people increasing their staff by more than 20 percent. The Greater Indiana Clean Cities
Coalition, our co-host here at the Brickyard today and Manager on the Recovery Act
Project in 2010 alone, worked with 150 stakeholders to displace nearly five million
gallons of petroleum. Thank you for that to the Indiana's Clean Cities Coalition.
Thank you very much. [Applause]
Overall, the coalition's leadership has driven conservation forward in the state
of Indiana with coordinator Kellie Walsh. Is Kellie here today? Alright,
Kellie. Thank you, Kellie. [Applause] Kellie was awarded the Center of Lugar
Energy Patriot Award. Congratulations on that, Kellie. [Applause]
I want to say a word about Senator Lugar and make a point about this.
I'm a democrat and proud to be a democrat. Senator Lugar's a republican,
and I'm sure he's proud to be a republican. He and I have worked together
on this issue over the years. When I wrote the book that John talked about,
I was honored that Senator Lugar did the foreword for that book. And I think,
you know, what we're talking about today, it's not a partisan issue, it's an
American issue. It's something democrats or republicans need to work on
together to move our country forward. (Applause] So, each of these coalitions
can accomplish great things on their own, each of your Clean City Coalitions
but they do even more when they collaborate. No where is this more true than with
major corporate fleets which must have carefully planned approaches to
reducing their petroleum use and increasing their use of alternative fuels.
So that's why President Obama announced just in April the National Clean
Fleets Partnership. An initiative within Clean Cities to partner with
large business fleets and connect them with local, regional and national
resources. We welcome the first set of charter members: AT&T, FedEx, PepsiCo,
Frito Lay, UPS and Verizon. These companies represent six of the nations -Yes.
Cheers to them. [Applause] These companies represent six of the nation's
largest national fleets and collectively own and operate more than 275,000
vehicles. Their planned current and near -term strategies will account for
the deployment of over 20,000 advanced technology vehicles and annual petroleum
displacement in excess of seven million gallons. So, now I'd like to welcome
representatives of these companies to the stage. C'mon up. [Laughter] [Applause]
Can somebody help me? Do we have plaques for these companies?
Thank you, Mark. Looks like UPS right here. Thank you, sir. Thanks very much.
Looks like Verizon. Thank you, sir. [Applause]. FedEx [Applause].
Thank you very much. Anymore takers? [Laughter] [Background chatter] We got
Frito Lay and PepsiCo here. [Applause] Thank you very much. Thank you very
much and a big round of applause to our first charter members. [Applause].
So those were the charter members announced by my boss, President Obama a
couple of months ago. Actually, let me say a word about another boss of mine,
my direct boss, Steve Chu. He's the Energy Secretary of the United States.
He's got a pretty interesting background for that job. He won the 1997 Nobel
Prize in Physics. So he brings a lot of expertise for the job of being energy
secretary. Now, I don't know. I wasn't in the Department of Energy before he
arrived but let me tell you. I've set in some budget meetings and watch some
people try to justify their budgets to a Nobel Prize winner. I think it's an
interesting experience for them. [Laughter] Pat Davis here does an extraordinary
job in doing that. I just want to single out Pat Davis who is an incredible
leader in this area, runs our Vehicle Technology Program, does great work.
Let's give Pat a big round of applause. [Applause] So now I'm proud to
announce our next six National Clean Fleets Partners. New announcements today.
Our first new national partners, Coca-Cola Refreshments [Applause]. Coca Cola
has the largest hybrid delivery fleet in North America. In 20 states, they've
deployed more than 600 trucks some of which are supported by the DeKalb County
Clean Cities Recovery Act Award. They've also trained more than 10,000
drivers in eco-driving techniques and in 2011 plan on deploying a hundred
hydraulic hybrid vehicles. So, thank you to Steve Salzgiver, Group Director
Fleet Operations North America for representing Coca-Cola here today. [Applause]
Next is Enterprise Holdings. So with its car rental brands of Alamo Rent-A- Car, National Rent-A-Car and
Enterprise Rent-A-Car, this company has a tremendous opportunity to help the
American public experience these technologies. A member of the electrification
coalition, Enterprise is now offering Chevrolet Volts and Nissan Leaf to
consumers for rentals and expects to further expand its fleet. Thank you
to Lee Broughton, Director of Corporate Identity and Sustainability for
representing Enterprise here today. [Applause] Thanks. I'm thrilled that
Enterprise is offering Chevy Volts and Nissan Leafs in their rental fleet.
I want to just note that the Department of Energy now has some in their motor
pool as well back in Washington, D.C. So when I drive around town and I get
to drive in one of those cars, it's a lot of fun. Our third new national
partner is General Electric. Cheers for General Electric. [Applause]
So GE has announced the impressive commitment to convert half of their global
vehicle fleet to electric vehicles by 2015. Half of the GE fleet. Ladies and
gentlemen, GE is not a small company. Working with fleet customers, GE will
deploy 25,000 plug-in and all electric vehicles, the largest ever single
electric vehicle buying commitment. This spring, they brought the Electric
Vehicle Experience Tour to the East Coast and are opening multiple electric
vehicle experience and learning centers to help fleet managers and consumers
learn more about these technologies. Thank you to Debora Frodl, Chief
Strategist and Product Development Officer Fleet Services for GE. Thank you,
Deborah. [Applause] [Background Noise] Our fourth new national partner is
Ryder. [Applause]Ryder is also a partner in the Clean Cities Recovery Act
Project. In May, Ryder celebrated the opening of their first natural gas
vehicle maintenance facility through the San Bernardino Associated governments
project. This project will deploy 200 heavy duty liquefied natural gas trucks,
two LNG fueling stations and two additional maintenance facilities annually
displacing one and half million gallons of diesel. Thank you to Scott Perry,
Group Director, Vehicle Supply Management for representing Ryder. Thanks,
Scott. [Applause] Background Noise] Our fifth new national partner is Staples.
Thank you, Staples. Staples has already managed to increase their fuel economy
by more than 20 percent since 2007. They've managed this considerable feat by
automatically limiting truck idling to no more than three minutes and vehicle
top speed to 60 miles an hour. In addition, they're currently testing 40 all
electric delivery vehicle trucks in Ohio and California. Thank you to Mike
Payette, Manager of Fleet Equipment for representing Staples. [Applause]
Background Noise] Thank you. Our sixth and final and new national partner
is Osram Sylvania [Applause] which saves energy not only thru their efficient
lighting products but also in their vehicle fleet. Each year, they aim to
replace ten to twelve percent of their vehicles with more energy efficient
ones. In addition to the fact that 80 percent of their service and maintenance
sedans are already smart way certified four cylinder vehicles, they are also
replacing many eight-cylinder trucks with four-cylinder vehicles. In 2011,
they also replaced more than one-fifth of their bucket truck with more
efficient ones that reduced the need for idling. Thank you to Donald Boshen,
Environmental and Safety Manager for representing Osram Sylvania. [Applause]
[Background Noise] Don just said but you didn't hear it, "I'm a republican
too." [Laughter] That's why we're working together on this. So, ladies and
gentlemen, I've probably spoken much too long. You've got a much more exciting
speaker following me here. I just want to say in closing how thrilled I am to
be here, how proud we are of all of you and all the fantastic work that you're
doing, I want to - you know, from Washington - thank you for the work you're
doing day in and day out to make our country a better place. My kids are
teenagers today and so 20 years from now maybe I'll be a grandfather. Maybe
one day one of my grandkids will look at one of my kids and say, "What, you
mean you couldn't plug in cars when you were young? That's so weird." Thanks
very much. [Applause] [Background chatter]
John: Thank you, David. From David, to Davis. Patrick Davis, that is. And yes,
no there's no relation. We just have a lot of common interest. As the assistant
secretary said, Patrick Davis is the Program Manager of Vehicles Technology
Program Office of the DOE. That office supports research funding for hybrid
drive trains, advanced batteries, lightweight materials, advanced combustion
in fuels, vehicle systems integrations and deployment activities of which the
Clean Cities Coalitions is the primary component; is also responsible for
freedom car and the fuel partnership and the 21st century truck partnership.
He comes from a long line of transportation and renewable energy positions and
another reason I like Patrick so much is he's an engineer like I am. So,
please join me in welcoming Patrick Davis. Patrick. [Applause]
Patrick: Thank you John, I'll warn you right away. I think when David said
there were much more exciting speakers following him, he was not referring to
me. We'll get to those in a minute. Today we're here to talk about the Clean
Cities Hall of Fame. The Clean Cities Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who
have made an outstanding contribution to the Clean Cities Program and our
mission of reducing petroleum dependency in the transportation sector.
Inductees are ambassadors for alternative fuels and champions for fuel economy
both in their communities ant their states. Previously known as the Clean Cities
Coordinator of the Year Award, we wanted the one that really changes the word
of to recognize the ongoing contribution of so many of our coordinators that
really span years. So now, we're proud to introduce two inductees to the Clean
Cities Hall of Fame. Our first inductee is the Co-coordinator for the Utah Clean
Cities Coalition, Robin Erickson. [Applause] Now, Robin, where is Robin. Robin,
as you make your way to the stage, I may just go over a few of your statistics
here. Last year, by engaging 180 stakeholders across the state, the coalition
reduced more than 5.5 million gallons of gas in equivalent. Robin herself has
been a driver of much of this success. She's been involved in the coalition
for more than ten years and became the coordinator in 2007. She's shaking her
finger at our Clean Cities staff because she apparently doesn't like to be in
the spotlight. Okay. [Laughter] [Applause] According to Scott Brandeberry,
our Coalition Vice Chair and Vice President of Operations for Alternative
Vehicle Solutions, Robin was a major influence of the dramatic increase in
use of compressed natural gas vehicles in Utah. In addition to alternative
fuel, she's also established and led a program to train school bus drivers
on idle reduction practices starting with just a small DOE grant Robin
built up the program and trained more than 3,000 drivers and inspiring the
state to make the session part of its mandatory driver training for buses.
By reducing idling 21 minutes daily per bus, this project is saving more than
92,000 gallons of diesel fuel annually. So Robin, thank you for all you've done
and all that you continue to do. [Applause] So, two things, you get this neat
poster and I don't know what you're going to do with that or how you're going
to check that as luggage. [Laughter]Yes. But you do get something else. No cash.
A nice plaque that says 'Robin Erickson Clean Cities Coordinator Utah Clean Cities
at the Stakeholders Summit 2011'. [Applause] So our second hall of fame inductee
is the coordinator of the Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition, Lisa Thurstin.
[Applause] And thanks to Lisa, Twin Cities Coalition stakeholders Minnesota
ranked first out of all of our coalitions for displacing the most gallons of
gas in equivalence from 2005 to 2009, an impressive 135 million. [Applause]
Last year, the Twin Cities Coalition continue the success by reducing more
than 11 million gallons. Lisa herself has been involved in the coalition more
than ten years and in 2007 became the Coordinator. She's been the driving
force for the coalition's tremendous successes. They've lead the nation in
E 85 Infrastructure Development in sales thru innovative marketing. For example,
a campaign with the Minnesota Viking promoted E 85 to over 10,000 fans thru
radio and web advertising, free parking for flex-fueled vehicles, E 85 clean
burn play of the game, radio announcements and the Viking's E 85 road trip to
Soldier Field in Chicago so that's all pretty innovative thinking. Thank you
for that. For biodiesel in conjunction with Minnesota's gradual increase
towards B20, Lisa's held a series of workshops aimed at educating diesel fuel
suppliers of retailers and equipment vendors. And last year alone, the Twin
Cities Coalition was instrumental in the opening of 31 public E 85 stations
and they also helped in the opening of a number of charging stations in the
state. So, once again, Lisa, congratulations. [Applause]
So that's this year's inductees and we don't want to stop there. I did want
to say thanks to all of the Clean Cities Coordinators and all the staff that
work throughout the Clean Cities Coalitions for all the work you do. I hope
to see you up on the stage here next time.
John: Thank very much, Lisa, Robin and Pat. Some of you may know that the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway has just celebrated its centennial. Over that
hundred years, really, all of the greatest legends of motor racing have
competed here and in many cases, were humbled here. I think I started
following the Indianapolis 500 when I was about ten years old. And that's
not too bad for a kid that was brought up in a NASCAR stock car country.
But in the last 50 years, when you look at the hundreds of great drivers
that have competed here. For me, there's a handful of names that stand out.
AJ Foyt, Mario Andretti, naturally, Al Unser who I had pleasure in white
knuckle experience of actually being driven around the track here once; Dan
Gurney, Jim Clark from Britain. And today's guest speaker, Lyn St. James.
I started following Lyn's career in the late '80s. She won twice at the 24
hours Daytona which is a remarkable feat. She won the GTO Team Driver Award,
at the 12 hour of Sebring. Of course, she's competed twice in the 24 hour LeMans.
And then in 1992, she qualified here at the Indy 500 and was named Rookie of
the Year. And that was the first woman that has ever gotten that incredible
award. To me Lyn has represented that American ideal that success comes from
hard work, perseverance and in her case also endurance, and a little bit of
luck. Something you may not know about Lyn is that what makes her such a
perfect speaker here today is she marries all the great history and
experiences of this track with what we're all interested in and that is
furthering alternative fuels in the use in vehicles today. Lyn was actually
the first woman who drove coast to coast in an alternative fuel vehicle.
A car. She was part of Ford Motor Company's racing team back in 1981 and
it was America Energy Week and she drove an alternative fuel Ford Escort
from L.A. to Washington and on to New York. And that's given rise to one
of her favorite sayings in that "Performance is all about not just going
fast but also going as far as possible". Of course, as you may also know,
Lyn in the early '90s founded the Lyn St. James foundation which is now
called the Women's and the Winner's Circle Foundation. And that foundation
has been a key player and sponsor in a lot of our efforts but also especially
the Eco-car Challenge with their Outstanding Women's in Engineering Award
which was just awarded about a month ago. She's authored three books but the
one that I think says a lot about who Lyn is, it was her first one, it was
titled 'Ride of your Life'. She certainly had a few great rides. Join me in
welcoming only the second woman in history to ever qualify for the Indianapolis
500, Lyn St. James. [Applause]
Lyn: Well, thank you very much. It's hot and I know that I'm not going to
spend too much time even though you've all set me up that I'm going to be
this great speaker but I don't want to have you sit out here too long. This
is hallowed ground for me and it was kind of interesting coming in today. I
came through the garage, through gasoline alley and the gate was closed and
I'm like, "The gate's never closed. I'm always able to get in here." But
anyway, I found my way and I want to welcome you here as Mark did earlier
because it is hallowed ground. As John mentioned, it's funny because I thought,
you're never a race car driver, but I drive fast. People say, "How did you get
started in this sport?" Well it's because I had a heavy right foot and I like
to drive fast and found out a safe place to do that was on a racetrack. But I
also found out when I became involved in racing and I started racing that it
was a lot more than just driving fast. It involved so many different things
that in fact really relate to so many things that I think are examples of what
it takes to be successful in life. But particularly what it is you're doing
and John mentioned, the fact that I did drive from Los Angeles to New York City
in a Ford Escort in 1981, I am so pleased to hear in an alternate fuel vehicle.
I remember so many times we would pull through particularly the central part of
the country where people are like, "What's the big idea?" They had their own
stoves, they were making their own fuel for farmland. I thought we were really
a revelation at that point. What's sad is that because that was right after
the '70s when the fuel crisis was there. We couldn't even get it for the fact
that we were in line for it. It wasn't the price. It seemed like everybody was
fighting for what was the right alternative and it was a very disruptive time
actually for me to try to understand, "Hey we got to solve these problems."
They just sort of went away. And I hope that we are now with an energy
revolution and that we don't -because that was 30 years ago when I thought
about it. The thing that I had to learn was I had to learn how to drive with
a very light foot. I had to learn about what it took to be able to get 30 miles
to the gallon in an Escort in San Francisco. I remember that was the other thing
I had to do for Ford Motor Company. And of course as I got involved in the
sport as a profession, then I also realized that that is a lot about -what
does it take to be successful in racing and what does it take to be successful?
When I was looking at the Clean Cities Coalition, I saw so many of these
synergies and the analogies. So I'm going to give you just a few of them that
I've experienced in my racing life over the last 30 years and at the same time,
as to what I think you're experiencing. One is leadership. I wanted to
congratulate Robin and Lisa because obviously they provide leadership.
All of you have to have that leadership because you're still-sometimes the
long ranger, you have a coalition but you really got to take leadership within
your communities within your organizations. And you've really got to speak
this message. And in leadership in racing, if you don't take leadership,
you're going to get passed. I mean, they'll just pass you. I mean, you can
talk all you want but you've got to really demonstrate leadership. The other
is a really entrepreneurial spirit. So many times we wait for big organizations
to solve problems. In racing, every race team is a separate company and it is
an entrepreneurial attitude about how to get to the finish line first. And I
see that this is a very entrepreneurial sort of attitude. I was just talking
to an education gentleman from Texas and how he's got to be able to go out and
get the message out and get partnerships and maybe even take some leadership
there. It's really an entrepreneurial attitude. The other is to form
partnerships. In racing we call them sponsorships. There was not a racecar
that's ever just clean on the side. It has all those decals. Those are really
partners that we find. And I could see the very similarity with all of your
fabulous vehicles and I remember when we were doing the eco car program how
they all have to go out there and they've got to get sponsors, they've got to
get partners and they've got those decals all over the cars. I remember my
first racecar by the way was a Ford Pinto. [Laughter] It shows you how long
ago that was. That Pinto is still alive today, by the way but, still races.
When I raced that car, I raced it -it was my street car. I drove it back and
forth to work during the week and then I raced it on weekends. So it got to
the point that I just started leaving the number on the side of it instead of
having to take it off. The person, the police always knew where [Laughter]
that Pinto was so I realized I couldn't hide. Another is non-traditional
resources. I think that in racing we can't just find the obvious. It isn't
just a traditional - if everybody goes the traditional way of finding the
solutions, then you're not going to win. You're not going to go fast. And
those nontraditional resources are human resources, mechanical resources,
technical resources, everything. It's finding that unfair advantage and
finding that edge. And that's what the culture that we operate in motor
sports. If you're the best and you show up, that literally was the opportunity
that I had when I was trying to be a woman in a male dominated field. The
reality was I had a great racing record. I was able to get some sponsorships
finally from JCPenney. And when Dick Simon saw that I had those elements,
that was when, "Hey, you're in." You got to find people that are open to that
but that is where nontraditional resources; human, technical, mechanical in
every way, shape or form and I see that that's something you're all doing to
be able to make your coalitions grow. Teamwork is an obvious one and it does
take a team of people to put a car in the racetrack. We're kind of an unusual
sport because most sports are individual sports where you see the athlete
perform. And you know that even though they may have a coach, they may have a
trainer, it's all about that individual athlete. And then you have the team
sports like football and basketball where the whole team's out there. Our
sport is kind of this hybrid because the racecar driver drives the car; you
know, you're in there driving the car all on your own. At the same time we
have to make pit stops, we have to have that car prepped. So it's really
about the team and it's about communication within the team and the ability
for everybody to be on the same page and have the same strategy. And to be
able to really execute that strategy. So we have to learn as an individual
athlete to perform and deliver the performance at the same, you can't do it
all by yourself. You really have to have that whole team behind you. And so
it's been a great pleasure to me to be able to work with teams, to be able
to understand and I've got to comment that when John mentioned about my wins
at Daytona and Sebring. They were with Roush racing and I saw the Roush truck
when I pulled up yesterday and I was like, "Wow, that's a racecar team." I
realized that he has such expansive engineering and technologies and I see
that he's one of your sponsors. Rousch Industries was one of the sponsors
here. It's really finding the best people at whatever position it is that
they need in a race team and in your organization that's going to be able to
get the job done. The one thing that I have to challenge - I think
challenge you with is the last thing that I don't always see within
organizations, because to be successful in racing and I do deal with a lot
students that are engineers that aspire to work for race teams, but the work
ethic that it takes and the attitude that you have to have which is all about
results. Sometimes we just get caught up in the process. We get caught up in
the mission. We get caught up in the goal. And then we can kind of maneuver
through it because there isn't a finish line unfortunately. In racing ,
there's a finish line and if you are not results-oriented in our sport, no
matter how heavy your right foot is, no matter how smart you are, no matter
how hard you're willing to work, if you're not able to deliver the results
and to understand what those results are, then you're not going to last in
the sport. I loved the challenge that we're in energy revolution. We've got
to get results this time. Don't make it another 30 years [Laughter] that
somebody's driving an electric vehicle somewhere setting a record or doing
something. Make it so that we have the infrastructure in this country, we
have the choices, we have the ability, we have the technology so that as
consumers because I am a consumer as well as I am an expert in the various
areas, that as a consumer we have confidence that if we make this commitment,
we purchase this vehicle that if it's a fleet or if it's just an individual
consumer that we're going to have the ability to take care of it. It's going
to have a good value. And we're going to be able to stop some place and make
sure we can get to our next point. So I just hope that in this era, in this
generation, this energy revolution that you talked about, that this time that
there will be definite results. It isn't just some good conversation and some
really cool ideas and we got a little bit of infusion of money and we got
fuel crisis that we can't stand right now. We're all operating out of fear.
Instead, we're operating out of strategy, out of purpose and knowing that
there's going to be results this time. So I hope that that environment that
I've operated over 30 plus years that I have at racing, that's the passion.
If you look at that sheet, and you know where you finish, you know where you
are and you know which you've accomplished. You have the result and you have
the goal. I hope that all of you will continue to bring your passion,
your commitment, and your technology and your ability to be able to get those
results so that we can have a future. I tell my daughter who's 29 years old,
"You got to solve the problems at your generation because otherwise we're
going to - you know, we're really in a mess right now." So I hope that you
could continue to grow and do that and have the results. Enjoy your day here
at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is hallowed ground. There aren't many
places that a hundred years have gone by that the still the same layout of
this two and a half mile track is exactly the way it was when you look at the
map in 1909 when it was built. There was a lot of changes obviously. I was
truly honored about one month ago, I got to drive a 1911 racecar Buick around
this track. And I thought it was going to be brutal and it was sweet. I mean,
it was like this car was meant to turn left. It was meant to go fast [Laughter].
Sometimes you really get a chance - not often - and you get a chance to just
touch something and be a part of something that's a hundred years old. So,
I know it's hot, I know you got a lot of pavement here and a lot of
opportunities but I hope you'll just take a minute to even just walk out
there and look at that pit lane and that racetrack to realize that you are
on something that a hundred years ago that was what it looked like. That
piece of brick is still there. I hope they let you go out there and if you
want to kiss the brick that's okay. Thanks very much. [Applause]
John: Thank you, Lyn. And thank you for all your passion in winning. I also
would like to acknowledge and introduce one more person to you before we are
going to cut you loose; someone else who's got an incredible amount of
passion for I referred to today and that's Kellie Walsh from the Greater
Indiana Clean City Coalition. Kellie's going to come up. She's coming up,
we'll give her a round of applause that she deserves. Applause] Is Chris
Dorman here? I want also to acknowledge Chris because of all of his hard work
with Kellie and basically setting up this incredible event and thank you very,
very much. It's just wonderful. And with that, I'm going to turn things over
to her; she's going to tell you the rest of the day. Take care.
Kellie: Thank you and welcome everybody to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and again
to Indianapolis. This is such - I got chills. I can't tell you. This is just
so amazing to have all of you here and all of these vehicles that are here on
the track. I want to thank you for making the time and the effort to come. We
have a packed day for you today. Before I go through the schedule, I want to
just thank a couple of other people. Carl and Lorie Liseck where are you guys?
There they are. [Applause] And there's Lorie. There's Carl [Applause]. They
helped DOE and took over the burden of the poster sessions with all the
coordinators. If you went to the reception last night and saw the wonderful
posters about all the other coordinators that weren't in sessions, those
posters talked about what those coordinators have been doing in their own
regions. So you have had a chance this week to see something from
every one of the 87 coalitions that we have. Carl and Lorie organized that,
arranged it, did a great job. I just want to thank you guys for last night.
[Applause] If you brought your program with you, you will get a gold star for
the day to begin with. On the back of the program, you'll see the vendor
listing of all the vendors that are here in the expo hall. You'll have a map
also of the track that gives you a layout of the buildings and things. Now we
had a change after this was printed with the ride and drive route. The drivers
know what that route is so don't worry yourself with that. it is still in
field, we can't go back out on the tracks, sorry. But they will know what
route is so just know that that has changed as well. You have until 12:15,
when lunch is served when lunch will be here in this building, to go around
and check out exhibits, go ahead and go back to the registration table over
here. You will need to get wrist bands if you do want to participate in the
ride and drive. So make sure you take care of that. At 12:15, we'll have lunch
over here and more comments and things from our sponsors until 1:30. And then
after 1:30 you will be free again to roam, do the ride and drive. We have the
green race simulator here, that's the world opening and debut of that. So
certainly check that out. We have several vehicles in the ride and drive lot,
several vendors inside. The shuttles will start going back to the hotel at four.
And we'll run until about 5:30. So if anyone has any question or need anything,
see myself, see Chris. Thank you again for coming and enjoy your day. Thank you.
(applause)