(Posted Fri. Jul 25th, 2014)
For more than three years, NASCAR has run on a race fuel blended with 15 percent American Ethanol, Sunoco Green E15. This Sunday at the Brickyard in Indianapolis, one of the world's most historically significant tracks, NASCAR will reach a fittingly historic milestone -- 6 million miles competitive racing on the bio-fuel.
“For nearly six million miles, NASCAR has highlighted the incredible performance and reliability of ethanol,” said NCGA NASCAR Advisory Committee Chair Jon Holzfaster. “The role ethanol has played as part of the NASCAR Green initiative has also put its environmental benefits firmly in the spotlight. As we hit this milestone, one thing is certain. Some of the world’s best drivers fuel world class performance with ethanol.”
At a ceremony in Indianapolis today, Richard Childress, chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing; Tom Buis, CEO at Growth Energy; and Ken Parrent, director of biofuels at Indiana Corn Marketing Council, gathered to recognize the upcoming achievement.
“Reaching this milestone for American Ethanol in Indiana is especially significant, because in addition to being known as the racing capitol of the world, we have also earned a reputation as an important ethanol hub for our country, ranking 6th in the nation for ethanol production,” said Ken Parrent, director of biofuels for Indiana Corn Marketing Council. “The commitment by NASCAR, Richard Childress Racing and American Ethanol means a lot to the corn farmers and ethanol producers who live here and to racing fans everywhere who support our cause.”
The 6-million mile mark is especially significant because it mirrors the 6 million miles of testing conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy to initially approve E15 for all light duty cars and trucks, model year 2001 and newer. When this milestone is reached, E15 will have been proven as a high performance fuel on both the road and the track. With another 6 million miles of NASCAR real-world racing under its belt, E15 will be definitively established as a reliable, dependable and safe fuel that is environmentally friendly, high performance and a less expensive option for consumers.
To mark the occasion American Ethanol distributed a media package of digital ads, print ads and social media tools to Corn Growers State Communicators, ethanol plant members and other constituents.
In 2011, NASCAR and American Ethanol partnered to bring E15 to the sport. Since the beginning of the 2011 season, Sunoco Green E15 has fueled every car and every truck in each of NASCAR's national race series. The introduction of Sunoco Green E15 has been a pivotal part of the NASCAR Green initiative, and has successfully increased horsepower and decreased emissions for the sport.
"NASCAR conducted an exhaustive analysis before making the seamless transition to Sunoco Green E15, a race fuel blended with 15 percent American Ethanol," said Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO. "As we eclipse 6 million tough competition miles across our three national series, we can definitively say this renewable fuel stands up to our rigorous racing conditions while significantly reducing our impact on the environment. We are proud to celebrate this milestone at Indianapolis Motor Speedway along with our partners at the National Corn Growers Association and Growth Energy."
American Ethanol, a partnership of Growth Energy and the National Corn Growers Association, is working with NASCAR to introduce a cleaner-burning fuel to America. E15 fuels like Sunoco Green E15, which is unleaded gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol, will support jobs in America’s heartland.
Education and promotional efforts relate to the American Ethanol program have turned NASCAR fans into big ethanol supporters as they have learned more about the environmental and performance characteristics of the corn-based fuel. American Ethanol became a key part of the NASCAR Green program starting with the 2011 season.