PITTSBURGH, Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Liberty Tire Recycling, the premier provider of tire recycling services in North America, recently removed hundreds of used tires from the infield of Kansas Speedway that were left over after the construction of a new road course at the NASCAR facility owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation. The tires had been stockpiled for use as soft walls on the road course. All of the tires Liberty Tire Recycling collected will be used as material for eco-friendly products, including crumb rubber and industrial feedstock for molded products, tire-derived fuel for industrial kilns, mills and power plants, and rubber mulch for landscaping and playgrounds.
"We collect and recycle used tires from various sources throughout the country – from racetracks to tire retailers to illegal dumps – in order to create a new life for materials that would otherwise damage the environment," said Jeffrey Kendall, CEO of Liberty Tire Recycling. "We were happy to provide support to Kansas Speedway to ensure that leftover tires were disposed of properly and provide a beneficial use as sustainable raw material."
One use for recycled tire rubber that creates a natural connection between Liberty Tire Recycling and Kansas Speedway is rubberized asphalt. As a low-cost, high-performance alternative to conventional paving mixes, rubberized asphalt reduces dependency on oil and limits carbon dioxide emissions. In use for more than 40 years, rubberized asphalt has proven to lessen maintenance costs and provide a smoother, safer ride. Plus, recycled rubber provides a reliable and consistent supply of material.
"We like the idea of using rubberized asphalt in our parking lots and concourses, and we'll continue to look for ways to use it on our skid pads to develop a test area to see how it would perform on the track itself," said Bill Braniff, senior director of construction for ISC Design & Development, International Speedway Corporation's in-house design and construction group.
The group used state-of-the-art computer modeling to develop track geometry that features 18- to 20-degrees of variable banking in the turns. The previous banking at Kansas Speedway was 15-degree uniform banking in the turns. Construction crews removed the existing oval track asphalt pavement and re-graded the underlying soil to create the variable banking. The new road course features a layout that winds through the infield, portions of which were graded and paved as part of the road course development.
The renovation project will be completed in time for Kansas Speedway to host its annual "Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup" event, the Hollywood Casino 400, tentatively set for October 21, 2012.
For more information about Liberty Tire Recycling, visit www.libertytire.com.
About Liberty Tire Recycling
Liberty Tire Recycling is the premier provider of tire recycling services in North America. By recycling more than 140 million tires annually, Liberty Tire reclaims about 1.5 billion pounds of rubber for innovative, eco-friendly products. The recycled rubber produced by Liberty Tire is used as crumb rubber and industrial feedstock for molded products; as tire-derived fuel for industrial kilns, mills and power plants; and as rubber mulch for landscaping and playgrounds. The company maintains a nationwide network of processing plants, and comprehensive door-to-door collection services. Liberty Tire Recycling is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. For more information, please visit www.libertytire.com.
SOURCE Liberty Tire Recycling