Fresh air, shade and additional greenery are the byproducts of the NASCAR Green Clean Air Tree Planting Program Delivered by UPS, a collaborative initiative with the Arbor Day Foundation. Grand Park Sports Campus has received 90 trees on behalf of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Grand Park Marketing Manager Michelle Krcmery said the trees were three to four feet and bare root. She said the trees will be planted in addition to the ones in the park’s plans.
“We are also provided mulch from recycled race car tires,” she said.
The NASCAR Green program works closely with its affiliated motor speedways to select a local recipient for the program’s trees. Grand Park Sports Campus was chosen by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway due to its focus on youth sports, which aligned well with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s youth initiatives.
“We’re happy to align with Grand Park in order to further our mission of moving youth forward,” stated Mike Kirks, manager of marketing promotions at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “It’s very satisfying to see this program continue to grow and help our community.”
NASCAR Green was created by NASCAR in 2008. Its original goal was to plant 10 trees for every green flag dropped during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. During that time more than 6,000 trees were planted. The program joined with UPS in 2013 and has grown to involve more than 20 local tree planting events and plant more than 8,000 trees throughout the year.