(Posted Wed. Feb 22nd, 2017)
The 69th NASCAR season kicks off this weekend during the Daytona 500. Amid all of the usual team, driver and sponsor paint-out design changes, Monster Energy also takes over as the Cup Series title sponsor, replacing Sprint. One thing that remains unchanged, however, is American Ethanol’s footprint in the sport. “For the seventh straight year in a row, Sunoco Green E15 – a fuel blended with 15% American Ethanol – will power NASCAR,” commented NCGA President Wesley Spurlock. “It’s clear NASCAR is sticking with this winner. With over 500 million miles driven on E15 by American consumers, it looks as if E15 is also a proven winner at the pump.”
Unchanged this season as well, is American Ethanol’s partnership with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) driver Austin Dillon. Last year, Dillon’s racing accomplishments raised American Ethanol’s exposure on the track. In last season’s first American Ethanol paint-out, Dillon won the pole position in the Cup race at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. He picked up another pole award at Texas Motor Speedway, secured his first Chase berth, advanced to the championship’s Round of 12 and finished the season 14th in point standings. Dillon’s achievements coupled with NASCAR surpassing 10 million successful miles racing on E15, made 2016 a seminal year for American Ethanol.
American Ethanol also enjoyed an elevated profile off-track. Over the past year, the number of states selling E15 doubled. Consumers can now purchase E15 in 28 states at more than 630 gas stations, and can expect E15’s availability to expand even more in 2017.
Be sure to catch Austin Dillon in the No. 3 American Ethanol Chevrolet at the following 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races:
Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California
Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas
Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida
Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania
Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina
Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama