(Posted Fri. Sep 14th, 2012)

American Ethanol LogoSept. 14: This weekend, American Ethanol hits the track in Chicago to educate NASCAR attendees and viewers about the many benefits of E15. The National Corn Growers Association, the Illinois Corn Growers Association, the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and Growth Energy will work together to promote the benefits of this sustainable, domestically-produced fuel blend through a display on the midway.  Here, consumers will learn more about ethanol and the importance of the farmers who grow our food and fuel.


In Saturday’s Nationwide Series race, Austin Dillon will have the American Ethanol #3 car on the track for the seventh time this season.  Austin continues to hold on to the Rookie of the Year lead and pursue the Nationwide Series Championship, which is increasing the positive attention he brings to ethanol.  


Corn grower members at the race will have the opportunity to meet the #99 Nationwide driver and American Ethanol champion Kenny Wallace early Saturday and then to see him in the afternoon driving the Family Farmer car.


Also on Saturday morning, fans will see a combine up close in the massive exhibit area and meet  American Ethanol spokesman Austin Dillon and RCR #31 Sprint  Cup Series driver Jeff Burton. Dillon will be on hand in the American Ethanol exhibit at 10 a.m. Saturday with Burton stopping by at the same time on Sunday. 


“We’ve seen E15 fuel withstand the most challenging engine environments week-in and week-out for the past two seasons in our race cars,” said Jeff Burton, who drives for Richard Childress Racing. “American ethanol-blended fuels have been a win-win situation for everyone involved with NASCAR, but more importantly American Ethanol benefits the entire U.S. economy by creating jobs and reducing our dependence on foreign oil.”


Corn growers and American Ethanol will also conduct the sixth NASCAR campground promotion of the season, giving hundreds of American Ethanol green starter flags to campers at Chicagoland Speedway. Throughout the weekend, fans spotted flying these flags will be awarded with American Ethanol koozies, t-shirts and fuel port decals. Hundreds of ethanol supporters from Midwestern ethanol plants will also be on hand to participate in race activities.


“American Ethanol, a renewable source of cleaner burning energy from the bounty of America's farmers, helps create new green jobs and a renewed sense of pride for the American worker, while helping to achieve greater energy security for our country,” said NCGA NASCAR Advisory Committee Chair Martin Barbre.  “Our American Ethanol program provides a great platform for taking that message to millions of avid NASCAR fans who are becoming more supportive with every race.”


Coverage of the Nationwide Series race at the Chicagoland Speedway, featuring Austin Dillon in the American Ethanol car and Kenny Wallace with the Family Farmers car will begin at 2:30 p.m. Central on ESPN2.


American Ethanol will also sponsor the NASCAR Camping World Series race this Saturday night at the Iowa Speedway, gaining significant brand exposure through at-track signage during the truck series race. 


Flag-to-flag coverage of the American Ethanol 200 is scheduled to be televised live on Saturday, September 15, beginning at 7 p.m. Central on SPEED.