(Posted Fri. Jul 24th, 2015)
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be the epicenter of American stock car racing this weekend as the NASCAR Xfinity Series will join the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The “Super Weekend at the Brickyard” will be powered by E15 American Ethanol as the entire sport has been for 5 years and 7 million miles.
A flurry of pre-race activities to promote ethanol away from the track is also taking place this week. Hoosiers gearing up for an exciting race weekend have seen the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) American Ethanol No. 3 car throughout Indianapolis at a car dealership, a radio station and a fuel station. Visitors had an opportunity to win tickets for the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard race on July 26. Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) is sponsoring the RCR American Ethanol No. 3 show car appearances as part of their partnership with American Ethanol and NASCAR® to promote American-made ethanol.
“Through this week’s events, we want to show consumers that the ethanol and ethanol blends we produce in our state are reliable fuel options whether racing around a track or commuting to and from work,” said Ken Parrent, ICMC biofuels director. “We are excited to see Indiana’s corn and racing heritage come together in the days leading up to the race as Hoosiers have an opportunity to see the RCR American Ethanol show car, enter to win race tickets and learn about the benefits of using ethanol-blended fuels.”
Guests representing corn growers, ethanol industry and fuel retailers will also be on hand all weekend to see the positive role American Ethanol is having on consumer education and acceptance.
Fans will also be able to learn more about American Ethanol or show their support of the clean burning fuel by visiting the Biofuels Mobile Education Center in the fan midway at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 24-26. American Ethanol supporters, including Growth Energy and National Corn Growers Association, will be on hand to answer questions, hand out prizes and encourage fans to tell let the Environmental Protection Agency know that ethanol is good for everyone.
Hundreds of the racing faithful have added their voice to those urging the Environmental Protection Agency to let the Renewable Fuels Standard do its job. There is still time for you to help. If you can’t make it to the race this weekend you can go online to tell EPA that you oppose their proposal that will cut nearly four billion gallons of ethanol and will have a significant negative impact on already low corn prices. The July 27, 2015 deadline for public comments is looming, so please act today. For details on the proposal and a link to send a comment, visit ncga.com/rfs or http://p2a.co/2q5xXyW . Various draft comments are available to enable both farmers and their non-farmer friends to easily send personalized notes to the EPA.