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Renewable Diesel Use in California Moves to Fast Track

Memo Terrones, Golden Gate Petroleum driver, returns a nozzle to the fuel truck after a Capitol Corridor locomotive is filled with renewable diesel at the Amtrak Maintenance Facility in Oakland.

This is reposted from the San Franciso Chronicle.
Story by Isha Salian | September 14, 2017 | Photos by Lea Suzuki.

Renewable diesel sounds like a contradiction in terms. But planners for the Capitol Corridor trains, which run between the Bay Area and the Sacramento region, see it as a way to slash climate-warming emissions.

“It’s pretty exciting for our industry,” said Jim Allison, manager of planning for the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority. On Aug. 28, a train between Oakland and Auburn began running entirely on the fuel from Golden Gate Petroleum of Martinez — part of a test that, if successful, could herald its use throughout the Capitol Corridor system and in trains statewide.

The Bay Area is rapidly becoming a center for renewable diesel, which can be made from vegetable oils, restaurants’ oil waste or animal fats — material known in the industry as biomass. Unlike biodiesel, which has to be mixed in with petroleum diesel, the new fuel can go into a tank at 100 percent strength. The cities of San Francisco and Oakland and the San Jose Unified School District have begun using it in their vehicle fleets, and operators of San Francisco Bay ferries are looking at it too.

“We can sell every drop of renewable diesel we make,” said Eric Bowen, head of corporate business development for the Renewable Energy Group. The company sells the fuel mostly to the California market, he said. Its Louisiana plant can produce 75 million gallons of renewable diesel each year, and it is looking to expand its facilities.

Demand for renewable diesel has soared. In 2011, 2 million gallons of the fuel were used in California, according to the Air Resources Board, which sets rules for emissions and climate change in the state. In 2016, it was 250 million gallons — about 7 percent of all liquid diesel used.

California’s interest comes largely because of a policy called the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, which requires a 10 percent reduction in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 2020. Simon Mui, senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said that depending on what the renewable diesel is made from, it can cut lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by 15 to 80 percent. (Lifecycle emissions include growing the raw materials that turn into fuel; transporting and processing it; and finally burning it.) Renewable diesel also reduces fine particle pollution and other types of emissions, like nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide, Mui said.

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Amtrak machinist Darrion Brown takes a sample of renewable diesel from the fuel tank
on a Capitol Corridor locomotive to be tested.

Some experts question how much the renewable diesel market can grow.

“The more we study biofuels, the less clear it is there’s very much of a sustainable supply,” said Daniel Kammen, a UC Berkeley professor who helped write California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Biofuels are always less efficient than electric vehicles, he said.

Kammen studies carbon emissions using a lifecycle analysis, analyzing the ecological impact of the entire process. From that perspective, “it really doesn’t matter the source of your material,” he said. “Getting large supplies of a truly sustainable biomass is a challenge.”

Proponents of renewable diesel point out that while passenger vehicles (which mostly run on gasoline, not diesel) seem likely to go electric in the near future, a more sustainable diesel may be a good option to reduce emissions for larger, heavier vehicles — at least until more powerful batteries are developed to make electric trucks and buses cost-effective.

“We don’t meet our state goals unless we have a full array of those electrified fleets as well as liquid-fuel-based fleets,” Mui said. “The key here is enabling all of these technologies to be on a level playing field, so a winner or winners can be determined by the market.”

Sam Wade, chief of the transportation fuels branch at the Air Resources Board, said that while heavy-duty vehicles may eventually switch to electric power, “there’s not that many applications that are fully viable today. We see (renewable diesel) as a nice near-term opportunity.”

Neste, a Finnish company that is the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel, makes between 800 million and 900 million gallons each year. The company said a major limit to growth is competing with the traditional diesel industry. “They’ve got an 80-year head start on us,” head of North American public affairs Dayne Delahoussaye said.

Not every company is able to build renewable diesel into a successful business. South San Francisco nutrition company TerraVia, formerly called Solazyme, struck an agreement in 2015 with UPS to supply its trucks with renewable diesel derived from algae oil. But the company, which sold its assets in a bankruptcy sale this week, had shifted away from renewable fuels partly, it said, due to a decline in crude oil prices. (UPS continues to use renewable diesel in some of its trucks, mostly in California.)

Propel Fuels, a Sacramento company that operates 32 retail locations selling renewable diesel, says it keeps its prices competitive with petroleum diesel. “We don’t think a market exists for premium-price renewable diesel,” said CEO Rob Elam.

Elam said Propel has a large presence in disadvantaged communities, serving customers who want to choose cleaner fuels but cannot afford electric vehicles. Other renewable diesel customers pick the fuel for higher power and mileage, he said.

Richmond resident James Clappier has been using renewable diesel from Propel Fuels in his 1994 Dodge Ram 2500 since the company began stocking the fuel in 2015. “I need a large truck for my business, but feel bad for using such an inefficient vehicle,” he said.

Capitol Corridor trains have been testing diesel alternatives for a few years, and its switch last month to 100 percent renewable diesel for the Oakland-Auburn run makes it the first train in the state to run on the fuel, Allison said. If further tests go well, all Capitol Corridor trains could switch over to renewable diesel by next summer, according to Dean Shepherd, manager of mechanical services.

Allison estimates that shifting to renewable diesel in all of its locomotives, which each need about 70 gallons of fuel per hour, would reduce the trains’ greenhouse gas emissions by two-thirds. He is optimistic that testing will go well.

“If there were any issues, we’d see them quickly,” he said.

Isha Salian is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: business@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @Salian_Isha

ACT Expo Webinar – The Potential of Renewable Diesel for Your Fleet

ACT Expo Webinar:
The Potential of Renewable Diesel for Your Fleet

Pat O’Keefe, President and CEO of NeXgen Fuel clears the air and gives the facts about Renewable Diesel and Evan Speers, Chief, Office of Fleet Asset Management, Department of General Services, State of California shares insights on how effectively Renewable Diesel has turned the State’s fleets GREEN.

Learn about the vehicle omission benefits of renewable diesel and how it differs from biodiesel.

As a 100% drop-in fuel, renewable diesel offers GHG and criteria pollutant emissions reduction without any infrastructure or vehicle modification required. Leading agencies are already seeing its potential and use in the medium- and heavy-duty transportation space as a way to displace fossil diesel.

This webinar covers:

  • Core differences between renewable diesel and biodiesel
  • Fuel availability, cost and procurement considerations
  • Environmental benefits and limitations
  • Vehicle performance and maintenance impacts
  • Case studies from fleets already using it

Learn from leading renewable diesel experts so you can understand whether it makes sense for your fleet.

NEXDIESEL Performs Flawlessly at 2016 SCORE Baja 1000

First time in racing history!

NeXgen Fuel/GGP/Safecraft/CLP Motorsports’ sponsored Trophy Truck #20 runs NEXDIESEL Renewable Diesel!

“NEXDIESEL Renewable Diesel exceeded our expectations in both power and fuel economy”
– Pat O’Keefe

Watch the 2016 SCORE Baja 1000 on CBS, Dec. 25, 2016, 9 pm ET*

*Subject to change, check local listings.

Dust Settles at Baja 1000 – Reflections on the World’s Toughest Race

Andy McMillin, Larry Roeseler, Pat O’Keefe and Tyler McQuarrie Race Recaps and Interviews for “DUST2GLORY”

Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico – The season finale of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship ended Sunday, November 20, with overall winners Rob MacCachren and Jason Voss in the spotlight, defeating 270 starters in cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads. Among 31 starters in the SCORE Trophy Truck division, Safecraft’s Andy McMillin and Larry Roeseler in Trophy Truck No. 31, placed seventh in class and seventh overall four-wheel to finish, while Tyler McQuarrie and Pat O’Keefe pushed Truck No. 20 to the limit by running NeXgen Fuel’s NEXDIESEL Renewable Diesel—the first time in racing history – in a new V6 Ecodiesel engine.

This year’s SCORE World Desert Championship was a loop race that started and finished in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, 65 miles south of the U.S. Border at San Diego. Through a beautiful and often treacherous desert landscape, over boulders or miles of dirt coupled with extreme temperatures, drivers are mentally and physically challenged as they race across vehicle-destroying terrain. The Baja 1000 is truly one of the world’s toughest and grueling races known to man. It is an experience like no other, which has captivated award-winning documentary filmmaker Dana Brown in the latest film, due out mid-2017, entitled “Dust2Glory.” The documentary is a sequel which chronicles all four races in the 2016 SCORE Desert Championship featuring interviews with Andy McMillin, Larry Roeseler, Pat O’Keefe and Tyler McQuarrie.

Here’s a post-race recap:

ANDY McMILLIN: “At race mile 122 in the wash area, I took the wrong line where I hadn’t pre-run and I hit a big rock and tore out the drive shaft. I ended up putting a hole in the bottom of the transmission oil pan. We had to bring in a transmission and we got moving again after about an hour.”

LARRY ROESELER: “Finishing the SCORE Baja 1000 is a huge accomplishment for everybody. You never really conquer Baja. You maybe win a few and maybe finish a few but it is a tough race. We were battling the dust and after the sun went down there wasn’t any wind so that made it really tough trying to come through the traffic. When you come off the hills and see the lights of Ensenada it is a great feeling.”

PAT O’KEEFE: “I was finally able to fulfill a life-long dream, which was to race in the Baja 1000. I drove the start until road mile 210 with no issues. The experience is something I will never forget. It was a bittersweet race for me as we did not get the finish the truck deserved but that is Baja. There was so much work put into the building of this truck and it was only completed a few days before the race. The truck had less than 100 miles of testing on it prior to the start, so the fact that it ran flawlessly is a true testament to the team of builders. We identified some changes that need to be made to make it even more competitive but the durability of the V6 Ecodiesel engine and the fuel economy exceeded our expectations. We will be back stronger next race.”

TYLER MCQUARRIE: “This was my first Baja 1000 and it was truly life changing! I’ve always heard how Baja is the ultimate challenge and I can now say with experience that statement is 100% true! I got in the NeXgen Trophy truck at mile 210 and I got into a groove and everything was going to plan. Around mile marker 355 we lost the Steering Servo and we had to drive 20 miles with no power steering to our closest pit. It took about an hour to fix and we were on our way. At mile marker 410 we got into a complete “dust out” with zero visibility which resulted in us ending up in a big ditch and this ultimately ended our race. We may have not finished our first Baja 1000 but we gained a massive amount of experience and knowledge that we will carry onto the next race!”

The 2016 SCORE Baja 1000 is scheduled to be televised in a 2-hour special on the CBS Network on Sunday, December 25, 9 pm ET. (Subject to change, check local listings)

“Dust2Glory” is scheduled for release mid-2017.


About DUST2GLORY

From award-winning documentary filmmaker Dana Brown, Dust2Glory will chronicle each of the four races in the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship. Brown’s original Dusty to Glory, released in 2005, became an iconic classic showcasing the legendary SCORE Baja 1000. Now, D2G, which began shooting at last year’s SCORE Baja 1000, and is continuing up close and personal coverage capturing the robust racers in their amazing adventures in Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula through all four spectacular 2016 races ending with this year’s 49th SCORE Baja 1000. It is scheduled for theatrical release in mid-2017.

NeXgen Fuel and Safecraft Team Up

Safecraft and NeXgen Fuel Team Up
In 2-pronged Attack of the 49th Baja 1000

Driver Line-up includes 2016 Baja 500 Winner Andy McMillin and ‘The Legend’ Larry Roeseler in McMillin’s Trophy Truck # 31; Tyler McQuarrie, Best Multipurpose Driver and Team Owner Pat O’Keefe in Safecraft/NeXgen Fuel’s Trophy Truck #20

Pittsburg, Calif. – NeXgen Fuel, provider of “NEXDIESEL,” the best alternative renewable diesel on the market and Safecraft Fire Suppression Systems, the racing industry’s standard for fire safety for over 20 years and have teamed up in a double sponsorship of two Trophy Trucks at the 49th Anniversary of the Baja 1000, Nov. 16-18. While 5-time Baja 1000 champion and recent Best in the Desert’s Vegas to Reno winner Andy McMillin and ‘The Legend’ Larry Roeseler, 13-time Baja 1000 champion and Off-Road Hall of Famer rally behind the wheel in McMillin’s TSCO-built Trophy Truck #31, Tyler McQuarrie, one of the world’s best multipurpose drivers and veteran-racer Team Owner Pat O’Keefe will also vie for victory in NeXgen Fuel’s Trophy Truck #20, built by CLP Motorsports.

Not only will this be the first time the two most victorious and notorious Baja 1000 Trophy Truck drivers are teaming up–immediately making them a pre-race favorite— it’s also the first time in racing history a Trophy Truck will run on NeXgen’s NEXDIESEL Renewable Diesel to demonstrate the high-performance characteristics of one of the most dynamic fuels made from renewable and sustainable raw materials.

“The 2-pronged approach for Baja is summed up by using the best innovative technology and equipment available AND drawing on experience, skill and grit,” said Pat O’Keefe, CEO and President of NeXgen Fuel and Safecraft . “The very success and uncompromising reputation of NeXgen Fuel and Safecraft – and that of Tyler, Andy and LR—are driven by the same concept. There’s no doubt we’re going to be seeing some interesting results overall.”

“I’m looking forward to finishing strong and pushing it to the limit,” said Tyler McQuarrie, one of the most versatile and best multipurpose drivers who has raced nearly nonstop this year, finishing Safecraft’s #RaceEverything campaign in Baja. “What better place than Baja for the grand finale of a year of tremendous successes!”

“Being at the forefront of technology in off-road racing is my passion and strategically partnering with NeXgen Fuel and Safecraft is an exciting opportunity,” said Andy McMillin. “These companies are used to pushing the envelope without sacrificing quality or safety. They’re in it to win and so am I.”

“Baja presents its own set of challenges. It’s one of the world’s toughest races because of the sheer unpredictability, extreme conditions and ultimate test of will and endurance,” said Larry Roeseler. “We’ve got a strong line-up, great sponsors and crew. I’m looking forward to see it all come together in Baja.”


About Safecraft Safety Equipment

Safecraft Safety Equipment is the leading provider of fire suppression systems and is used by most of the top professionals in a wide range of industries including Motorsports, Automotive, Aviation and Marine. For over 20 years, Safecraft is known for its innovative design and use of the highest quality components available.

Safecraft extinguishers are used by more NASCAR, NHRA, NASA and SCCA teams than any other brand and is the only manufacturer to offer several models of extinguishers and extinguishing agents approved to SFI 17.1

Visit www.safecraft.com for more information.

About NeXgen Fuel

NEXGEN Fuel is dedicated to distributing and marketing the highest quality, next generation fuels to private and public fleets, consumers and environmentally-conscious organizations. The first NEXGEN Fuel to be offered is NEXDIESEL Renewable Diesel, a superior quality diesel fuel. Learn more at www.nexgenfuel.com.

About NEXDIESEL Renewable Diesel

NEXDIESEL Renewable Diesel by NeXgen Fuel is produced from 100% renewable and sustainable raw materials. (Note: It is NOT Biodiesel, a common misperception). This low carbon fuel has the same chemical properties as petroleum diesel and meets the petroleum diesel specification (ASTM D975) yet is petroleum-free. This premium quality, dynamic fuel allows fleets to seamlessly switch without additional investment or engine modifications. In addition, renewable diesel burns cleaner equating to a reduction in maintenance costs and a significant reduction in emissions.

About Andy McMillin

Andy McMillin is a third generation off-road racing prodigy. Andy’s passion for off-road racing began at the age of 2 when he started going to Baja to “pre-run” the race courses in the back of his dad’s Ford Bronco in a modified car seat. His racing career began at the age of 14 driving Class 1 Unlimited Buggies in the FUD series in Plaster City, CA. Andy officially drove his first SCORE Baja race in 2003, where he and his family were featured in the ‘Dust to Glory’ film. In 2006, Andy progressed to the premier Trophy Truck class and that same year became the youngest driver to win the Baja 1000 Overall title. At just 29 years old, he is tied for most Baja 1000 Overall titles in a four-wheel vehicle in the history of the sport with five (2006, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015). Andy is also one of the few drivers in the sport who have won Baja’s Triple Crown Overall in a four-wheel vehicle: the San Felipe 250 (in his Class 1 car), Baja 500 and Baja 1000. Andy has had success in the United States races as well, having won the Parker 425, Nevada 1000, Vegas to Reno 1000 and is one of the few drivers who have won the infamous Mint 400 Overall twice. Andy has an unheard of winning percentage of 35% and podium percentage of 54%, proving his place amongst the greatest the sport has ever seen.

About Larry Roeseler

Larry Roeseler is an American professional off-road racer in motorcycle and Trophy Truck classes. He is a 13-time overall winner of SCORE’S Baja 1000, and has also won numerous times in the Best in the Desert Series. Roeseler is 2-time overall winner of the Las Vegas to Reno and has numerous American Motorcycle Association off-road titles including National Hare and Hound and National Enduro championships. Larry Roeseler is a Hall of Fame Inductee of the American Motorcycle Association and an Off Road Motorsport Hall of Famer. “…the greatest multi-discipline SCORE desert racer in history.”

SCORE Journal Cover Story, Sept/Oct 2016 ‘Mr. Baja’ Larry Roeseler: www.score-international.com.

About Tyler McQuarrie

Tyler McQuarrie grew up in Walnut Creek, CA and started racing karts when was 14. He won the Formula Russell Championship and the Russell Triple crown in 1998. McQuarrie is the 3rd and only American to win the World Scholarship in England and then spent 2 years racing formula Vauxhall in Europe. He has also spent time racing USF2000, American LeMans, USAC Sprint cars and NASCAR West Series. McQuarrie has since become one of the top drift drivers in Formula Drift and is also one of the best multi-purpose drivers in the country. In 2016, Tyler competed in Formula Drift, Trophy Truck, Stadium Super Trucks, ARCA, IMSA, and NASA as part of his #RaceEverything campaign.

About Pat O’Keefe

Pat’s successful corporate career as President and CEO of NeXgen Fuel and Safecraft Safety Equipment, Vice President of Golden Gate Petroleum and CEO and President of CLP Motorsports had its humble beginning as a successful racer in his youth. His passion for automobiles and motorsports lead to an impressive racing career starting at the age of 12 where he has since raced anything with an engine including jet skis, boats, motorcycles, karts and cars with NASCAR, SCCA, NASA, IMCA and others. Pat started CLP Motorsports after realizing the need for a world class customer-focused motorsports shop. He started NeXgen Fuel by recognizing the need to meet customer’s demands for a high quality, clean-burning, high performance premium renewable diesel. Pat is continually driven to find innovative ways to champion clean alternative fuels like NEXDIESEL Renewable Diesel for use in the automotive industry.

Green Fleet Contra Costa County Moves to Renewable Diesel

Originally published by Government-Fleet.com

Contra Costa County, Calif. has switched from biodiesel to R99 renewable diesel to fuel many of its heavy-duty diesel vehicles, including more than 220 diesel-powered municipal public works trucks, specialty vehicles, and equipment. In making the switch, the county expects to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 65% and an estimated 5,000 tons annually. Other benefits include a reduction of NOX and a 33% reduction of particulate matter PM 2.5, according to the county.

The county will purchase renewable diesel from Golden Gate Petroleum, which also provides renewable diesel for the San Francisco region.

“Switching over to renewable diesel delivers direct reductions in GHG and lowers our carbon footprint on our planet,” said Stan Burton, Contra Costa County’s material, and recycling manager.

Contra Costa County has recently tripled its purchase of electric vehicles, doubled its electric vehicle charging stations, and continues to purchase compressed natural gas vehicles, said Fleet Manager Carlos Velasquez.

Other California fleets that have moved to renewable diesel include the City of Long Beach, Sacramento County, Alameda and San Joaquin Counties, City of Carlsbad, and City of San Francisco. Oregon fleets using renewable diesel include the Eugene Water & Electric Board and the City of Corvallis.

NeXgen Fuel in the Winner’s Circle at Sonoma Raceway

NEXDIESEL the ‘Clear Alternative’ for Municipal Fleets

Sonoma, CA— Over 150 fleet managers, vendors and members of the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA) in Northern California gathered at the Sonoma Raceway to learn more about NEXDIESEL Renewable Diesel from NeXgen Fuel’s Pat O’Keefe, and to attend other educational presentations focused on alternative-fuel technologies.

The day-long fleet event, hosted by MEMA, in partnership with the East Bay and Sacramento Clean Cities Coalitions, included a presentation entitled “NEXDIESEL: The Clear Alternative” in which NeXgen Fuel’s President and CEO Pat O’Keefe outlined the major differences between Renewable Diesel and Biodiesel as a “drop-in” fuel that instantly turns fleets “GREEN.”

“The most important fact to remember is that NEXDIESEL meets ASTM D975 diesel specs, which essentially means that NEXDIESEL Renewable Diesel is exactly the type of fuel diesel engine manufacturers recommend,” explained O’Keefe. “So there’s no need for engine modifications and NEXDIESEL Renewable Diesel, which is clear in color, can be used immediately as a ‘drop-in’ fuel without voiding manufacturer’s warranties.”

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In addition, NEXDIESEL Renewable Diesel “… goes in clean and comes out clean,” drastically reducing green house gas emissions by 50% or more as the City and County of San Francisco, County of Alameda and Cities of Oakland and Walnut Creek are finding after making the switch to NEXDIESEL Renewable Diesel in their municipal fleets and transit systems.

As an added bonus, NeXgen Fuel’s street-legal SLC Superlite race car, which was driven across the US from Florida to California on ONE TANK of NEXDIESEL Renewable Diesel, highlighted the potential performance capabilities of Renewable Diesel and was on hand for photo opportunities.

The Next Big School Bus Alternative Fuel Is…Diesel?

Article originally posted by School Transportation News at STOnline.com. Article written by Ryan Gray.

Attention, all school bus operators who bristle at the thought of transitioning from diesel power to alternative fuels, there is relief on the horizon.

Renewable Diesel (RD), which is available in parts of California, is turning heads, as it promises to deliver, at the very least, the same fuel economy and performance of ultra low sulfur diesel. CAL-START, in a recent webinar, claimed that RD also reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 65 to 90 percent.

Pat O’Keefe, CEO and president of NexGen Fuel, a subsidiary of Golden Gate Petroleum, said that such a reduction in GHG is a “huge benefit” for a drop-in fuel. That means RD meets the same ASTM D975 standard for ULSD and engine manufacturer requirements.

Renewable Diesel is similar to biodiesel in that it’s derived from waste vegetable oils and waste animal fats, but the similarities stop there. Unlike biodiesel, RD doesn’t have the same cold weather issues since RD doesn’t gel, having a cloud point of -20 degrees.

They also differ in how they are made, with RD refined from biomass through various processes, such as hydro-treating, thermal conversion and biomass-to-liquid. Biodiesel, on the other hand, is produced using feed stock in a process called transesterification.

Additionally, O’Keefe said that RD reduces particulate matter by a third, along with its ability be used in all modern diesel engines without any need of modifications.

So far, the only school district using RD is San Jose Unified, which is located south of San Francisco. Andrew DeBolt, lead equipment mechanic for San Jose Unified, told School Transportation News that the district is in the process of transitioning its entire fleet of 72 buses to RD with plans to only purchase diesel buses in the future.

Nearby in Oakland, the municipal fleet is the first to adopt RD. Fleet Director Richard Battersby, who will present on the benefits of RD at next month’s STN EXPO, said that operators don’t need to flush existing fuel tanks to use the renewable fuel. He added that it is a little more expensive than traditional diesel at an increase of about 10 cents per gallon, and availability is still an issue.

But Battersby said that he expects the reduced soot emissions to improve performance of DPFs and the affect on his operation’s bottom line to be worth it.

“We expect in the long run to lower maintenance costs,” said Battersby.

He also pointed to RD’s higher cetane number of 75 to 90. In comparison, petroleum diesel has a cetane number of 40 to 55, while biodiesel ranges from 50 to 65.

Read more in the July issue of School Transportation News magazine.

Nexgen Fuel’s Nexdiesel 100% Bio-based Renewable Diesel to Power CLP Motorsports’ Trophy Truck in the 2016 Baja 1000

NeXgen Fuel/CLP Motorsport’s Trophy Truck to Run on Superior High-quality Renewable Diesel at 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship’s Final Round

In a year of firsts for the 2016 SCORE International Races, NeXgen Fuel/CLP Motorsports will lead the pack in running a trophy truck on NEXDIESEL, the purest and highest performance renewable diesel through the toughest and tortuous Mexican desert race. For the first time in history, all races will be taking place in Mexico for the 2016 season. The race series includes the Baja 250, Baja 500 and Baja 1000. In a partnership with fuel distributors Golden Gate Petroleum and NeXgen Fuel, CLP’s trophy truck will make its debut as the first-time attempt to race a trophy truck on a 100% renewable diesel.

“Last year we proved that NEXDIESEL boosts engine performance by driving our CLP Motorsports-built Superlite SLC across America on one tank of this amazing fuel,” says Team Owner and NeXgen CEO Pat O’Keefe. “This year we are pushing it to the edge by racing the CLP-Motorsports-built trophy truck in the Baja 1000 and its extreme conditions using NEXDIESEL Renewable Diesel. The “1000” is one of the toughest races in the world and there is no better venue to showcase the superior qualities of NEXDIESEL. NEXDIESEL Renewable Diesel is the perfect fuel.”

NEXDIESEL is a clean burning, high performance renewable diesel manufactured completely with bio-based feed stock. This unique alternative fuel has a chemical structure identical to traditional diesel but is petroleum-free. NEXDIESEL is the highest quality renewable diesel in the world and CLP Motorsports with NeXgen Fuel will showcase how good it really is by running it in a high-performance diesel engine.

Team drivers Larry Roeseler, Pat O’Keefe and Tyler McQuarrie will be pushing the trophy truck over an extreme, unpredictable environment, enduring challenging time spans and conditions in an attempt to claim the overall race victory with this dynamic fuel. Follow the race this November.


About NeXgen Fuel

NeXgen Fuel is a new retail fuel brand dedicated to bringing next generation fuels to the retail public. NeXgen’s first fuel is NEXDIESEL. It is currently available at various Northern California retail locations. NeXgen Fuel plans to rapidly expand across the country with both renewable diesel and gasoline-substitute next generation fuels.

For more information: www.nexgenfuel.com


About CLP Motorsports

CLP Motorsports is the premier, full-service performance facility in Northern California. CLP specializes in road racing, time attack, autocross and high-performance street cars. CLP offers customers a wide array of services including performance maintenance, product installation, fabrication, full-service builds, race car setup, product development, part sales, driver coaching, arrive and drive services and more. CLP Motorsports is the first team to race the new NP01 in a competitive race. It was designed with the idea of creating a fast and easy-to-maintain prototype style built car that would give teams an affordable price point to compete in NASA’s new NP01 Series.

Learn more about our services and team of experts at www.clpmotorsports.com


About Larry Roeseler

Larry is an American professional off-road racer in motorcycle and Trophy Truck classes. He is a 13-time overall winner of the Baja 1000, 11-time overall winner of the Baja 500 and a 10-time gold medalist in the International Six Days Enduro. He has spent the past 25 years racing and winning numerous off-road circuits, including SCORE/Tecate Baja series and Best In The Desert series. Roeseler is 2-time overall winner of the Las Vegas to Reno and has numerous American Motorcycle Association off-road titles including National Hare and Hound and National Enduro championships. Larry Roeseler is a Hall of Fame Inductee of the American Motorcycle Association and an Off Road Motorsport Hall of Famer.


About Pat O’Keefe

Pat’s successful corporate career as President and CEO of NeXgen Fuel, Vice President of Golden Gate Petroleum and CEO and President of CLP Motorsports had its humble beginning as a successful racer in his youth. His passion for automobiles and motorsports lead to an impressive racing career starting at the age of 12 where he has since raced anything with an engine including jet skis, boats, motorcycles, karts and cars with NASCAR, SCCA, NASA, IMCA and others. Pat started CLP Motorsports after realizing the need for a world class customer focused motorsports shop. He started NeXgen Fuel by recognizing the need to meet customers’ demands for a high-quality, clean-burning, high performance premium renewable diesel. Pat is continually driven to find innovative ways to champion clean alternative fuels like NEXDIESEL Renewable Diesel for use in the automotive industry.


About Tyler McQuarrie

Tyler McQuarrie grew up in Walnut Creek, CA and started racing karts at age 14. He won the Formula Russell Championship, the Russell Triple crown in 1998 and is one of 3 Americans to win the World Scholarship in England. Consequently, McQuarrie spent 2 years racing the Formula Vauxhall in Europe. Tyler McQuarrie also spent time racing the USF2000, American Le Mans, USAC Sprint cars and the NASCAR West Series. He is recognized as one of the top drift drivers and best multi-purpose drivers in the US.


About the NeXgen Trophy Truck

PartSpecs
Chassis & SuspensionTrophy Truck Chassis 100% Cad Engineered with Laser Cut Tubes and Sheet Metal - Score Legal
Engine800+ HP
TransmissionAlbins ST-6
Wheelbase125"
Trackwidth91"
Wheel Travel24" Front, 30" Rear
Weight5,350 lbs Race Ready
Fuel Capacity85 Gallons
ShocksKing Off-Road Racing Shocks Front - King 4.5" Bypass - King 3.0" Coilover Rear - King 4.5" Bypass - King 3.0" Coilover
Rear End4" Housing, 10" Ring Gear, 3.25" Hubs, Tube Works
Tires39" Toyo
Steering RackPro-AM
BrakesBrembo Calipers, Hawk Pads & Rotors
HubsBrenthel Industries
SeatsMOMO
AdditionalDual BOSCH DDU 7 data logger/dash Lowrance HD 10" GPS Lowrance HD 5" GPS Kenwood 110W Race Radio Lights: KC Hilites Wheels: Method Race Wheels

“Survive the 25” TV Documentary Features NEXGEN’s CEO and Award-winning Team

NeXgen Fuel/CLP Motorsport’s CEO Pat O’Keefe with Team of Race Champions including Tyler McQuarrie Endure and Win The 2015 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill in MAVTV’s Documentary, Airs May 3, 3 pm PST

Watch as NeXgen Fuel/CLP Motorsports CEO and President Pat O’Keefe gets behind the wheel with teammates and race champions Tyler McQuarrie, Tom Dyer, Marc Miller and Jeremy Croiset as they “Survive the 25” and win the all-new NASA (National Auto Sport Association) Prototype Elan NP01 class at the 13th annual USAF 25 Hours of Thunderhill, the longest endurance race in North America. Join Pat O’Keefe and his CLP Motorsports team as they overcome challenges from cold temperatures and rainy conditions to clenching the first place win in class. Airs May 3, MAVTV, 3 pm PST. Check local cable and satellite listings. (DishNetwork 248, DirecTV 214, Verizon 810, TimeWarner Cable 151) Catch a glimpse here.

“Survive the 25” highlights the triumphs and struggles of teams vying for victory. For the win, CLP team drivers took turns behind the wheel of CLP Motorsports’ #6 NP01 on the 3-mile Thunderhill Raceway road course. The drivers completed a total of 514 laps, consistently putting the car in the top 5 to 6 fastest cars on the track. The NP01 was driven for a total of 1,542 miles, making 8,224 gear changes. Next year, the Team will be running a Daytona Prototype on NEXDIESEL renewable diesel for even better engine-performance results.

“The NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance is the most grueling test of man and machine in the country,” said Jeremy Croiset, NASA’s Director of Business Development and NP01 project lead. “It’s an ambitious feat for anyone to enter this event, but the CLP Motorsports team did so with a car they received from the factory just two weeks prior to the event with limited spares and a great game plan going in. Patrick O’Keefe, NeXgen Fuel CEO and CLP Motorsports Team Owner, called me a few months back with the crazy idea of trying to take on this race with the new car. He put together a very talented group of individuals and I was honored to be included on the team for this challenge. They not only showed they were one of the top teams to contend with in this ultra-competitive field, but also proved the racing pedigree emanating from Elan’s heritage flows deeply through the veins of this new machine finishing.”

“I couldn’t be happier with our team’s performance at this year’s 25 Hour of Thunderhill. This was our first 25-Hour and the NP01’s first race. We took on the challenge to prep the NP01 and had only two weeks to get ready for one of the most grueling and longest races in the country. Our team at CLP Motorsports are very fortunate to surround ourselves with experienced 25 Hour crew and drivers to create a winning team. We will be back next year for sure – bigger, better and running NEXDIESEL renewable diesel.”

– Pat O’Keefe, NeXgen Fuel CEO and CLP Motorsports Team Owner


About CLP Motorsports

CLP Motorsports is the premier, full-service performance facility in Northern California. CLP specializes in road racing, time attack, autocross and high-performance street cars. CLP offers customers a wide array of services including performance maintenance, product installation, fabrication, full-service builds, race car setup, product development, part sales, driver coaching, arrive and drive services and more. CLP Motorsports is the first team to race the new NP01 in a competitive race. It was designed with the idea of creating a fast and easy-to-maintain prototype style built car that would give teams an affordable price point to compete in NASA’s new NP01 Series.

Learn more about our services and team of experts at www.clpmotorsports.com


About NeXgen Fuel

NeXgen Fuel is a new retail fuel brand dedicated to bringing next generation fuels to the retail public. NeXgen’s first fuel is NEXDIESEL. It is currently available at various Northern California retail locations. NeXgen Fuel plans to rapidly expand across the country with both renewable diesel and gasoline-substitute next generation fuels.

For more information: www.nexgenfuel.com


About the NASA NP01 Prototype

The NASA NP01 Prototype is an all-new racecar developed in a partnership between NASA and Elan Technologies. The single seat, closed cockpit racecar weighs just 1,550 lbs., with a top speed of 155mph and is powered by a 185-horsepower, 2-liter Mazda power plant mated to a 6-speed sequential transmission.


About Pat O’Keefe

Pat’s successful corporate career as President and CEO of NeXgen Fuel, Vice President of Golden Gate Petroleum and CEO and President of CLP Motorsports had its humble beginning as a successful racer in his youth. His passion for automobiles and motorsports lead to an impressive racing career starting at the age of 12 where he has since raced anything with an engine including jet skis, boats, motorcycles, karts and cars with NASCAR, SCCA, NASA, IMCA and others. Pat started CLP Motorsports after realizing the need for a world class customer focused motorsports shop. He started NeXgen Fuel by recognizing the need to meet customers’ demands for a high-quality, clean-burning, high performance premium renewable diesel. Pat is continually driven to find innovative ways to champion clean alternative fuels like NEXDIESEL Renewable Diesel for use in the automotive industry.


About Tyler McQuarrie

Tyler McQuarrie grew up in Walnut Creek, CA and started racing karts at age 14. He won the Formula Russell Championship, the Russell Triple crown in 1998 and is one of 3 Americans to win the World Scholarship in England. Consequently, McQuarrie spent 2 years racing the Formula Vauxhall in Europe. Tyler McQuarrie also spent time racing the USF2000, American Le Mans, USAC Sprint cars and the NASCAR West Series. He is recognized as one of the top drift drivers and best multi-purpose drivers in the US.


About Tom Dyer

Tom Dyer is a race driver with a diversified portfolio of racing and driving experience. Growing up in a racing family Tom’s aspirations in motorsports were always front and center in his desires. He’s made a career out of driving, coaching, teaching, and engaging in precision driving events. His career experience includes endurance sports cars, LMP & Daytona prototypes, open wheel formula cars, stock cars, midget Sprint cars & karts. Series include: IMSA & Grand-Am, IndyCar Indy Lights series, NASCAR, USAC, SCCA and NASA. More about Tom can be seen on his website www.tomdyer.com or follow him on his Facebook page under Tom Dyer Motorsports or on Twitter @TomDyer_


About Marc Miller

Marc Miller began racing karts at the age of 11. He has competed successfully in kart racing, formula cars, stock cars and now sportscars. Miller has multiple national karting titles, including winning the United States Rotax Championship in 2008. He competed for four years as the only American driver in NASCAR’s Canadian Tire Series with several “Top Rookie” awards. Since 2009 Miller has focused on sports car racing. He finished runner-up the Mazda MX-5 Cup Championship that season and has spent the last five seasons as a driver for CJ Wilson Racing in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. During that period he has secured multiple wins, pole positions and fastest laps. His consistency was noticed by Riley Motorsports who drafted him into their squad for the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans driving the Dodge Viper GTS-R. His preparation for the most famous race in the World included driving the teams Viper GTS-R at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, CA in May where he qualified second and led during the opening stint of the race. When he is not at race events or helping to train drivers throughout the country, Miller enjoys spending time with his two sons, Evan (11) & Seth (9) and living an active lifestyle in West Michigan biking, kayaking or boating.


About Jeremy Croiset

Jeremy Croiset is a multi-time Regional and National Championship winning driver with years of experience in both sprint and endurance road racing. A veteran race driver and coach, he has amassed wins in a variety of vehicles from spec racing classes to high powered Super Touring machines. Some highlights of Jeremy’s career include “winning two National Championships in two different cars at the same NASA Championship event” and winning the inaugural season of Setup on the Speed Channel network. When he’s not behind the wheel, Jeremy stays busy as the Director of Business Development for the National Auto Sport Association.


About NASA

The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) was formed in 1991 with the premise of delivering high-quality motorsports events to enthusiasts at major racing venues throughout the nation. NASA has created programs that allow owners of both racecars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full performance capabilities of their cars in a controlled professionally managed environment. NASA offers many different programs that will allow you to enjoy motorsports on a number of different levels, including our High Performance Driving Events (HPDE), Rally Sport, Time Trial, NASA-X and Competition Racing programs. For more information, log onto www.nasaproracing.com


About Elan Technologies

Élan Technologies is a Georgia based technology company providing design, engineering, fabrication, and manufacturing services to the automotive, motorsports, aviation, aerospace and defense industries through its three divisions: Élan Precision Products, Élan Composites, and Élan Power Products. The company is part of a technology group that includes Élan Technologies, DeltaWing Technologies Inc., and Panoz LLC. For more information please visit www.elangroup.com.