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Hybrid recovery truck makes debut at Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- It may not have made its way to the winner's circle, but a hybrid-powered race recovery...

This hybrid recovery truck took part in the annual Daytona 500 this year.
This hybrid recovery truck took part in the annual Daytona 500 this year.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It may not have made its way to the winner’s circle, but a hybrid-powered race recovery vehicle played an important role in the recent Daytona 500.


An International DuraStar 4300 recovery truck powered by Eaton’s diesel-electric hybrid system was responsible for clearing the wreckage and keeping the action going during the prolific race.


The truck was operated by Miller Industries, which operates a 12-truck fleet at NASCAR races. The company says it will continue operating the hybrid throughout the season schedule.


“The truck responded in a big way, and performed as well as any of our other trucks at the race,” said Randy Olson, vice-president of marketing for Miller Industries. “Consequently, we’ll be looking to add a few more hybrids to our racing fleet throughout the year.”


“Towing and recovery is a new application for trucks equipped with our hybrid power systems and we are looking forward to positive field results,” added Scott Davis, manager for Eaton’s Hybrid Power business unit in North America.


“Towing and recovery vehicles of this type are well-suited for Eaton’s hybrid electric system. The duty cycle typically associated with these vehicles takes advantage of the fuel saving and emission reduction features of the hybrid system. Add to that the use of the ePTO function of our hybrid systems to power the towing equipment, and you have yourself a very clean and highly efficient vehicle.”

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