Highways chiefs are being urged to install traffic calming measures on Brooks Road in Street after a series of crashes.
“This is a residential area with a 30 mph limit, close to a school, but we have seen a number of accidents only 100 yards from where I live.”
One of Street’s county councillors, Terry Napper – who also lives in Brooks Road – said he supported a 25mph speed limit in residential areas across Street and Glastonbury.

Aug. 08–This is Corbin Schneider’s year to get revenge on the road.
Last year, Corbin, 10, a member of Cardinal 4-H Club in the Brookville area, entered a CO2-powered wooden race car at an annual race during the Tri-Rivers Fair.
Last year, Corbin entered for the first time with a car built with the help of one of his best friends — Treyton Peterson, 10, a member of Rolling Meadows 4-H Club of Salina.

As always, the primary objective for competitors in the SFP Grand Prix Aug. 16-17 at Kansas Speedway is to win.

But drivers in the Grand-Am Road Racing Series will also be out to introduce the Midwest to their style of racing while hoping to pick up road racing fans in the process.

Next week’s event will be the first spectator event on Kansas Speedway’s new 2.37-mile road course.

“To have this kind of a track this close to a population center like Kansas City is perfect for our sport and for our industry,” said Grand-Am veteran Burt Frisselle, who recently made his 100th start in the series.

“You’ve got great facilities out here, you’ve got the (Hollywood) Casino up on the hillside, and fans will be able to enjoy and get a view into what we do and experience that other than just a traditional NASCAR or IndyCar weekend. I think it’s great.”

Unlike other series, fans attending the SFP Grand Prix will be able to watch the races from the infield.

Frisselle also promises almost unlimited access to the drivers and teams when drivers are not out on the track.

“Our sport’s growing and we want the fans to come here, touch the cars, meet the drivers,” he said. “We have access that the other sports don’t have. They can come right up to us and we’re going to let the kids right into the garages.

“It’s perfect for fans that want to learn about our sport and want to have access to drivers and cars. They can come out to Kansas and see what we have to offer.”

Drivers will also be anxious to see what the Speedway’s new road course, which incorporates the track’s oval, has to offer.

Frisselle tested at the track earlier in the year.

“This course is definitely going to create action,” Frisselle said. “It’s going to be one of our highest top speed tracks.”

Veteran Max Angelelli has only been around the course in a rental car, but gave it high marks.

“They did a very good job, I’m very impressed,” Angelelli said.

Angelelli said race day will be a learning experience as drivers try to get accustomed to the layout.

“It’s going to be very challenging because it’s a new track and you don’t know where to go, where to make passes,” he said. “It’s going to be very challenging for everyone.”

The Grand Prix, which includes several different divisions, will get under way on Friday, Aug. 16, with practice and qualifying sessions beginning at 10:45 a.m. The last on-track event, Rolex Series DP qualifying, is set for 9:45 p.m. The lone race of the day – - a Lamborghini Super Trofeo event — will start at 8:20 p.m.

On-track action begins again at 10:45 a.m. on Aug. 17th and will continue until late into the night. The Rolex Series race, which is a 2-hour, 45-minute timed event, will start at 7 p.m.

General admission is free on Aug. 16 and $60 on Aug. 17. Paddock passes are $15 on Aug. 16 and Aug. 17.

SATURDAY SHOWDOWN ON TAP — Heartland Park Topeka’s Saturday Showdown dirt track series will continue Saturday, with spectator gates opening at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled for 6:15 and racing at 7.

Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children 4 through 12. Children 3 and under will be admitted free. Military will be admitted free with identification.

Last week’s feature winners were Kerry Davis (Parkville, Mo.) in Modifieds, Jake Richards (Edwardsville) in B Mods, Russ Moyer (Wellsville) in Stock Car and Byron Glotzbach (Topeka) in Pure Stock.

Richards and Glotzbach are season point leaders, Darron Fuqua (Mayetta) is the point leader in the Modified class and Steve Herrick (Topeka) leads the Stock Car division.

BOWYER UPDATE — Emporia native Clint Bowyer continues to hold down second place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings after a 14th- place finish last weekend at Pocono, Pa.

The Sprint Cup Series heads to Watkins Glen (N.Y.) this week, with Bowyer posting a fourth-place finish at the Glen road course last season.

“I used to hate going to Watkins Glen, but with the team I’m with now I love going there,” Bowyer said. “( Brian) Pattie (Bowyer’s crew chief) is so good at race strategy and calling races.”

Bowyer, 77 points behind point leader Jimmie Johnson, holds a seven-point lead over Carl Edwards, who is third in the Sprint Cup standings. Bowyer is 101 points ahead of 11th place with five races remaining before the start of the Chase for the Sprint Cup over the final 10 races of the season.

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TRAVERSE CITY, MI — (Marketwired) — 08/07/13
Volkswagen’s Think Blue Factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., will serve as the blueprint for all new plants worldwide and has become a benchmark for environmental efficiency for all existing plants. This was the key message of Dr. Jan Spies, Volkswagen AG head of factory planning, at the Center for Automotive Research’s Management Briefing Seminar in Traverse City, Mich., today.

Spies noted that Volkswagen is aiming to reduce its energy consumption by 25 percent and increase the renewable energy it uses by 2018, as part of the global Volkswagen Think Blue program. This applies especially to energy consumption, waste volumes, solvent emissions, water consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. As Volkswagen AG builds new plants — currently seven in China and an Audi plant in Mexico — designers are using the Chattanooga plant as a sample, Spies said.

Highlighting examples, Spies discussed the paint shop, which has one less spray booth and dryer than has been customary in traditional paint shops and doesn’t need to use a primer coat of paint. This process alone reduces energy consumption by more than 20 percent. Volkswagen Chattanooga was the first plant to implement this energy-efficient paint process, and the method is being copied in Volkswagen plants around the world. Other energy efficient highlights of the plan include: The capturing of rainwater to cool equipment and flush toilets, six-inch insulation, and a newly added field of 33,600 solar panels that supply about 12 percent of the factory’s power.

The Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga was the first automobile factory worldwide to receive platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the US Green Building Council. Platinum certification confirms compliance with the most demanding standards for sustainable, environmentally compatible production.

“Through the growing efficiency and productivity of our plants, the Volkswagen brand is already making key contributions to the achievements of Group strategic targets for 2018,” Dr. Spies said. “Sustainable, efficient production is a clear, competitive advantage. With its Think Blue. Factory. initiative, the Volkswagen brand is pursuing a clear strategy which pools all environmental activities at our plants throughout the world. Our ambitious targets for sustainable vehicle production have now been defined in a way which is clear and comprehensible for our customers.”

About Think Blue. Factory.

Think Blue. Factory. is an addition to the Volkswagen Think Blue. portfolio including key measures in the area of vehicle production. The program, which is concerned with efficiency improvements in production and the expansion of environmentally aware energy supplies, addresses all employees at the plants. Think Blue. Factory. is a holistic approach that pools all the environmental activities of the Volkswagen brand plants. Each plant has therefore produced an individual, tailor-made development path for achieving our targets by 2018.

About Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. VWGoA operates a manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and houses the U.S. operations of a worldwide family of distinguished and exciting brands including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and Volkswagen, as well as VW Credit, Inc. VWGoA brings vehicles to the U.S. that marry the science of engineering and the art of styling, with the goal of offering attractive, safe, and environmentally sound automobiles that are competitive and set world standards in their respective classes. The company has approximately 5,900 employees in the United States and sells its vehicles through a 950-strong independent dealer network.

Carsten Krebs
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For the 14th year, Professional Builder magazine presents the annual Show Village exhibit at the International Builders’ Show (January 18-24).
The magazine partnered with modular home manufacturers Palm Harbor Homes and IronTown Homes, along with Greenfab, a developer of sustainable, healthy, modular homes and communities, and more than 40 building product manufacturers to build three model homes — 2,072-sq-ft Aurora, 2,300-sq-ft Admiral and 918-sq-ft BASF High Performance Net Zero Home.
International Builders’ Show attendees at the Las Vegas Convention Center will have the opportunity to tour these homes at the Show Village exhibit.

That much will be evident next weekend at Pebble Beach, as an ultra-rare 1967 Ferrari 275 rolls across the auction block.
Officially known as a 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T. Spider, such exclusivity has pushed the car’s pre-sale estimate to between $14 million and $17 million, including commission.
Such a high potential sale price and the rarity of the car itself mean bidding on the Ferrari will one of the most highly-anticipated events of the Pebble Beach weekend.

LONDON is preparing to host the FIA’s first electric car racing championship next year.
The capital will play host to the first Formula E championship event in September 2014.
After the London event drivers will go on to race in seven destinations including Rome, Miami, Beijing and Rio De Janeiro.

The Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute (PBMI) is pleased to announce that it has moved the PBMI annual conference venue to Las Vegas, Nevada.
This year the conference features an opening keynote from an award-winning author, a Specialty 101 Pre-Conference Workshop, and 21 presentations (includes 15 breakout sessions) presented by industry experts.
“Recognizing that specialty drug benefits raise a new different set of challenges and complexities, at last year’s conference, we introduced a full three-day Specialty program option that was very well received by attendees.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI — (Marketwired) — 08/06/13

Oliver Schmidt, General Manager, Energy and Environmental Office, Volkswagen Group of America confirmed the timing of the company’s newest, most fuel-efficient, TDI Clean Diesel engine, designated EA288. During a speech delivered at the Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Mich., Schmidt announced that the new engine will power the 2015 Golf, Beetle, Passat, and Jetta, which are set to hit dealer showrooms in the second half of 2014.

The announcement underscores Volkswagen Group of America’s continued success with diesel technology: Year-to-date the Volkswagen Group of America has sold more than 47,000 clean diesel vehicles, including more than 10,000 in the month of July alone. This represents nearly 78 percent of the diesel sales for passenger cars in the United States this year.

The Volkswagen Group is a leader in clean diesel technology,” said Schmidt. “With the introduction of the new EA288 engine, we are excited that our family of TDI Clean Diesel vehicles is continuing to improve and will be even more clean, fuel efficient and powerful.”

The new EA288 will eventually replace all the 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel engines fitted in Audi and Volkswagen TDI Clean Diesel models. The engine is a turbocharged, common-rail, direct-injection four-cylinder engine that makes 150 horsepower — an increase of 10 hp over the current engine — and 236 pound-feet of torque. This powerplant shares only the bore spacing with the previous diesel engine that shared the same designation. A number of changes have been made to help reduce emissions, such as: use of a complex exhaust gas recirculation system (with high pressure EGR and a cooled low-pressure EGR); integration of the water-cooled intercooler and the EGR valve with the intake manifold, which also improves throttle response; and packaging the exhaust after-treatment components close to the engine by combining the DPF with the SCR Catalyst.

The engine also has a number of modifications to help minimize friction and optimize fuel economy: there are low-friction bearings for the camshaft and balancer shafts, piston rings that have less pre-tension, and the oil pump is a two-stage device with volumetric flow regulation.

About Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. VWGoA operates a manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and houses the U.S. operations of a worldwide family of distinguished and exciting brands including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Volkswagen, as well as VW Credit, Inc. Founded in 1955, the company’s headquarters are in Herndon, Va. VWGoA brings vehicles to the U.S. that marry the science of engineering and the art of styling, with the goal of offering attractive, safe, and eco-conscious automobiles that are competitive and set world standards in their respective classes. The company has approximately 5,900 employees in the United States and sells its vehicles through a 950-strong dealer network.

Jeannine Ginivan
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