Amy Castell is from Waterloo, Ontario and a driver in the Toyo Tires Ontario F1600 Championship. After racing four-cycle karts for three years, Amy made her debut in the Toyo Tires open-wheel race car competition in 2012. Her 2013 races earned her the Muriel Knapp Award. You can follow Amy on Twitter @acastell95
Across the world, high performance race cars, like Amy's, speed their way to glory and prize money for their drivers. Like Amy, every driver wants his/her car to make it to the finish line sooner than other drivers. That often means going further on a tank of fuel – what we know as fuel efficiency. Non-race car drivers also want to go as far as possible on the fuel in their cars, which is why many of the cars we see on the road today have fuel-saving technologies that were first developed for race cars. To read more about technologies our cars have inherited from race cars, see the From Race Cars to Our Cars: Fuel Efficiency Primer.
How does a race cars' energy use and greenhouse gas emissions compare to vehicles we drive? Good question! To find out, Amy recorded her data for Let's Talk Science's Energy4Travel action project at her final two races of the 2013 season and a race in 2016. You can view her data below. Discover how the vehicles you travel in compare to Amy's car by participating yourself in this action project and comparing your data to Amy's. The Energy4Travel action project is for Grades 8 to 12 students across Canada. Registration is free and classes can register at any time.