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Making our Way to the Jewel in the Desert - Phoenix International Raceway

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

49 years ago the Phoenix International Raceway started as an open-wheel racing venue tucked away in the desert mountains. Through the years there have been a number of updates and improvements to the track and facilities, making the Phoenix International Raceway a favorite destination for NASCAR drivers and fans. Even though the first NASCAR Sprint Cup races weren’t held at PIR until 1988, there is almost a half century worth of racing history tucked around the beautiful Estrella Mountains. From the first "Polish Victory Lap" to Arie Luyendyk's one-lap world record for speed on a true one-mile oval, PIR holds a special place in racing history.
As the oldest major-league oval track west of the Mississippi River, Phoenix International Raceway has seen its fair share of redesigns and upgrades. Originally completed in January of 1964, this one mile track has grown to accommodate more and more fans through the years. Although it's not the largest track on the circuit, the 11 degree banking in turns one and two and nine degree banking in turns three and four, along with the "dogleg" design has made the Jewel in the Desert a fan favorite!

The Arizona heat and mountain climate have created drastic changes in temperature and weather at the Phoenix International Raceway. Extreme weather coupled with the nearly 200 major races wreaked havoc on the track's racing surface, necessitating a pavement overhaul in 1999. After the "Great Pot Hole Fiasco" at the 2010 Daytona 500, the Phoenix International Raceway recognized the need for another repaving job. This repaving was also accompanied by the first major redesign in Phoenix International Raceway history. In order to increase the level of competition at PIR, the engineering team and leadership at the track discussed their plans with a number of drivers and Goodyear tire experts. Through their experience and expertise, coupled with the foresight and passion of the PIR team, the Phoenix International Raceway was redesigned to create a better racing surface for drivers and an enhanced view for fans! The Jewel in the Desert now boasts side-by-side racing views for fans going into Turn 1 all the way through and out of Turn 4; Spectators in the grandstands get a better view of the race, something PIR is very proud of.

Though Clint Bowyer's last trip to the Phoenix International Raceway was an eventful one, we’re hoping for less time in the garage and more time in Victory Lane in 2013! Whether you've got a trackside seat at PIR for the upcoming Subway Fresh Fit 500 or you’ll be tuning in from home, take some time to appreciate the track and soak in all the amazing landscape and racing history that comes with an event at the Jewel in the Desert! Best of luck to Clint and the entire 5-hour ENERGY® Racing Crew!


And The Winners of the Empty Bottle Brainchild Contest Are…

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Empty Bottle Brainchild contest has ended and once again, our fans did not disappoint! From festive 5-hour ENERGY® Holiday decorations to a dress made entirely of 5-hour ENERGY® labels, your awesome entries made it difficult to only pick three winners. After sorting through the submissions, we’ve selected Kimberly De Bow and her medieval marvel to take home the grand prize!

Kimberly’s empty bottle brainchild presented a creative take on the imaginary battle that brought energy to all. Her 5-hour ENERGY® kingdom is equipped with watch towers, a flag and even a draw bridge.  For her brilliant brainchild, Kimberly will receive a one-year supply of 5-hour ENERGY®!

Kimberly wrote: “Long ago there was a great battle that few know of. The 5-hour civilization wanted the right to motivate and share their enthusiastic energy with all, but the mighty suppressors were against this. They, themselves, were scared of the 5-hour power. They knew all too well that the 5-hours stayed true to their words of "hours of energy" A battle ensued, but it ended within an hour because the mighty suppressors could not withstand their foes’ energy and had to surrender. To this day, the five hour kingdom rules fair and just, letting others prosper as they too are prosperous. Note: No 5-hours were harmed in the making of this castle. Consumed yes, but not harmed.”  

Our second place winner, Matt Kren, crafted a fully functioning windmill made completely out of 5-hour ENERGY® bottles and boxes. For Matt’s innovative invention, he will receive a six-month supply of 5-hour ENERGY® (180 bottles).   
Angela DePino claimed third prize and a three-month supply of 5-hour ENERGY® (90 bottles). Angela’s design showed us how much she loves 5-hour ENERGY® and apparently her cat too!! Angela made an igloo-like hideaway from empty bottles with a special door just for her crazy kitty

We would like to congratulate the winners of our Empty Bottle Brainchild contest and thank all of our committed fans who submitted their imaginative creations. Stay tuned to our Blog and Social Channels for future contest announcements!


Outdoor Winter Activities That Double As Workouts

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

When the temperatures start to drop, it’s natural to want to avoid the cold by staying inside. While we don't recommend going outside to workout in dangerously cold weather, the milder days of winter offer a great alternative to the gym! Even people who regularly run or bike outdoors during the warmer months will start to switch their workout routines to indoor activities. Hitting the gym is a good thing, but it’s also beneficial to your health to find some outdoor options. According to the 2008 Scottish Health Survey, outdoor physical activity has a 50 percent greater positive effect on mental health than going to the gym.  A 2009 study from the University of Rochester found that working out outside for just 20 minutes can increase your energy levels as well. Beyond the health benefits of outdoor winter workouts, there's also the fun factor. You might not think of sledding and ice skating as exercises, but fun outdoor activities can be a workout in disguise!

Ice Skating- 437 calories burned per hour
You might think of ice skating as just a lower body workout, but it’s also great cardio! You don’t notice how hard your body is working when you ice skate, but even skating at a moderate speed (nine miles per hour or less) requires your entire body to be engaged. The challenge of keeping your balance provides the added benefit of core strengthening.

Hiking- 477 calories burned per hour
Hiking can be as extreme or as simple as you want it to be. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, hiking is another great form of cardio and will help tone your body. If you’re just starting out, it’s a good idea to start hiking on trails or other flat surfaces and slowly build up as you become stronger. To make your trips more fun, create a special hiking playlist or bring a friend to chat with along the way!

Sledding- 557 calories burned per hour            
Did you know sledding could burn that many calories? Although the time spent zipping down hills on your sled isn’t considered a workout (though balancing and steering can benefit your core),the walk up the hill definitely is! Multiple trips up a steep hill are great leg and cardio exercises.

Cross Country Skiing- 636 calories burned per hour If you’re looking for the ultimate calorie burning outdoor activity, try cross country skiing! Cross country skiing combines a lower and upper body workout, which makes it a total body workout. Constant leg movements and the simultaneous pushing and pulling of the arms make it an intense aerobic exercise even if you’re only traveling at a moderate speed of four to five miles per hour.

In the end, it doesn’t matter which outdoor activity you choose, the important thing is to get outside and get active! Always dress in layers so you can take them off as you start to warm up and put them back on when you start to cool down. Even though it might feel cold at first, remember that you’ll work up a sweat with any of these activities. For tips on how to dress for cold weather workouts,click here.

**Calories burned per hour are based on a moderate level of activity for a 175 pound person, determined with My Calorie Counter**


5-hour ENERGY® Fans, Start Your Engines…For Another Scavenger Hunt Contest!

Monday, February 11, 2013

The 2013 race season is almost here; to help our fans get revved up for racing, we are announcing the kickoff of the 2013 5-hour ENERGY® Racing Scavenger Hunt. This year we are adding to the excitement by giving away a years supply of 5HE and signed Clint Bowyer gear!

We've updated the 2013 Scavenger Hunt Contest from previous years by expanding the Hunt to include a few more places to hide the codes!   15 codes have been placed on the 5-hour ENERGY® Website, the Energy Shot blog, 5-hour ENERGY®'s Facebook page, Twitter profile, Pinterest and Google+ accounts, as well as on Michael Waltrip Racing’s Website and Clint Bowyer’s Website. Once you start finding the hidden codes, you can submit them on the Racing Scavenger Hunt Contest entry form.

To give fans a fast pass on the inside lane, we've added a twist to the Scavenger Hunt worth 10 additional entries to the contest!  Starting in March, a bonus letter will be hidden on one of the Scavenger Hunt channels each month. We're challenging participating fans to find and keep track of the letters hidden for each of the nine months that the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season runs. After those nine months are up, fans who found all of the letters will find that they spell out a secret message which can then be submitted for 10 additional entries into the giveaway!  As a bonus for completing this additional challenge, the first 50 people to submit the secret message will receive a free two pack of 5-hour ENERGY®!

The 5-hour ENERGY® Racing Scavenger Hunt contest ends on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. If you need some help along the way, you are invited to tweet @5hourenergy on Twitter for clues and hints on code locations. After finding all of the codes and completing the contest entry form, participants will automatically be entered for a chance to win a one-year supply of 5-hour ENERGY® and signed Clint Bowyer gear. Good luck fans!

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