NASCAR Hits Three Million Miles on Renewable Fuel

From left, Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis, New Holland North America Vice President Abe Hughes, NASCAR Driver Austin Dillon and Team Owner Richard Childress

At the annual National Association of Convenience Stores Show in Las Vegas, Growth Energy announced that NASCAR has run more than three million miles on Sunoco Green E15, a fuel blended with 15 percent ethanol. Austin Dillon, driver of the No. 3 American Ethanol Chevrolet in NASCAR, made an appearance to promote the major milestone in American Ethanol’s partnership with NASCAR.

In order to increase awareness of ethanol and dispel myths about the renewable domestic fuel, Growth Energy and the National Corn Growers Association formed the American Ethanol partnership with NASCAR in 2011. Over the past two seasons, NASCAR has been powered by a fuel comprised of 15 percent ethanol, made from American-grown corn. The durability and high performance capabilities of Sunoco Green E15 have been continuously proven while racing the rigorous conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™, NASCAR Nationwide Series™ and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™.

Dillon, who is currently contending for the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship on the strength of two wins, 14 top five and a series-leading 22 top 10 finishes, applauded American Ethanol’s efforts to increase knowledge about renewable fuels. When visiting the Growth Energy booth at the trade show, he said, “since the 2011 racing season, NASCAR drivers have seen a considerable increase in horsepower thanks to Sunoco Green E15. Reaching three million miles on this proven renewable fuel is yet another testament to the quality and value of ethanol – for my fellow American drivers both on and off the track.” NASCAR drivers hit the three million mile threshold in mid-September 2012 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, proving the continued durability and high performance of American-made E15.

E15 has been rigorously tested by the U.S. Department of Energy, and has been repeatedly found to be suitable for vehicles 2001 and newer. In an evaluative study, DoE ran 86 vehicles, representing all major vehicle models, more than six million miles to no ill effect. As gas prices continue to rise, retailers and consumers are increasingly turning to E15 as an alternative, renewable fuel that is both cleaner and cheaper than conventional gasoline. E15 is already available to American consumers at stations across Kansas and Iowa, with more Flex Fuel pumps opening nationwide. To learn more about the growing market, visit http://www.EthanolRetailer.com.