(Posted Wed. Oct 26th, 2011)
Oct. 26: The American Ethanol coalition announced today that the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet race car will feature a special-edition American Ethanol paint scheme at this weekend’s Martinsville Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. This car will be driven by American Ethanol spokesman and recent Talladega race winner, Clint Bowyer. Millions of TV viewers will be seeing the American Ethanol brand, as the sporty black, silver and green paint design will be on-track all weekend and will be accompanied with a broadcast in-car camera on Sunday.
Through its partnership with NASCAR, which is using Sunoco Green E-15 racing fuel this season, American Ethanol is promoting the nation’s homegrown, clean-burning alternative fuel to millions of brand-loyal NASCAR racing fans. NASCAR has made a seamless transition to the new fuel by developing and implementing flawless distribution at the track, where many racing teams report an increase in horsepower.
In fact, in a detailed ‘white paper’ issued on September 21, NASCAR announced it has accumulated more than a million miles of driving in 2011 on America’s toughest proving grounds: the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series&™, NASCAR Nationwide Series&™ and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series&™. With more than 1.3 million miles accumulated in practice, qualifying and racing laps in NASCAR racing vehicles – all without incident since the racing season began in February with the Daytona 500 – the report demonstrates the performance of mid-level ethanol blends. You can access this report here.
“The transition to E15 has been seamless and overwhelmingly positive for myself and my team, and I am honored to have American Ethanol on the No. 33 Chevrolet this weekend,” said Bowyer. “I support American farmers as they strive to develop energy independence for our country and I look forward to representing American Ethanol both on and off the track this weekend at Martinsville.”
“We are extremely excited that Bowyer’s No. 33 car will prominently feature American Ethanol in this week’s race,” said National Corn Growers Association NASCAR Advisory Committee Chair Martin Barbre. “Of course, we again congratulate our spokesman on his major victory last week. Now, tens of millions of fans across the country will be keyed into Clint as he again shows the incredible performance of E15 as it fuels him back into victory lane again.”
“This branded race car design raises American Ethanol’s profile in a powerful way, especially coming off Clint Bowyer’s win last week in Talladega,” said Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy. “There’s no sport more American than NASCAR, and no fuel more American than ethanol. American Ethanol’s partnership with NASCAR shows fans across the country that ethanol is a safe and viable choice for their cars, and that it creates jobs in the U.S., decreases our reliance on foreign oil and improves our environment.”
The Martinsville Speedway Sprint Cup Series race will be on ESPN beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET