Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, says there's no sport more American than NASCAR, and no fuel more American than domestic ethanol. To help celebrate these facts, more than 1,100 American Ethanol supporters, including a host of farmers, will attend this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. They will be cheering on Clint Bowyer, driving a special-edition American Ethanol paint scheme on his No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Buis says they're pleased to raise the green American Ethanol flag in the heartland of America.
Earlier this year, American Ethanol announced a new marketing partnership with NASCAR and Richard Childress Racing, one of the top teams in the sport. Unique among other companies that partner with NASCAR for marketing, American Ethanol represents an entire industry, from corn farmers to ethanol producers to the companies that supply the enzymes for ethanol distillation.
Since the introduction of Sunoco Green E15 to NASCAR racing vehicles, National Corn Growers Association Chairman Darrin Ihnen says drivers have been impressed with the power the fuel provides them under race conditions. Through the partnership with NASCAR, Ihnen says they are able to show the American public that if E-15 can stand the stress these drivers put it through, it's good for the family car, too.
Also this weekend Kenny Wallace will be driving the "Family Farmers" car at the Nationwide Series race Saturday at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. The car is sponsored by the Illinois Corn Growers and Wallace says he enjoys spreading the message of agriculture to the other drivers and the public.
Corn ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 59%, supports nearly 400,000 American jobs, and last year accounted for $53.6 billion of the nation's economy.