(Posted Fri. Apr 24th, 2015)
For five years and more than seven million miles, American Ethanol and NASCAR have worked together to increase horsepower and decrease greenhouse gas emissions in the sport by 20 percent with Sunoco Green E15, a renewable fuel blended with American Ethanol. This weekend, American Ethanol driver Austin Dillon will drive the No. 3 American Ethanol Chevrolet SS in Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway.
“Away from the track the ethanol we use in our family cars cuts greenhouse gas emissions so well it’s equivalent to taking more than 20 million vehicles off the road. That’s a contribution to society that makes farmers proud, but E15 gives us a means to do even better,” said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling. “E15 American Ethanol turns our unrivaled ability to produce corn into a national asset. Consumer demand for ethanol is good for family farmers and fans appreciate that. We have grown the 12 largest corn crops in history in the last 12 years so ethanol demand is critical. It means farmers can pay their bills, reinvest in the broader economy and keep family operations like mine viable for future generations.”
NASCAR is a leader in green initiatives, both on and off the track. In addition to reducing the sport’s environmental impact, NASCAR is empowering consumers to make environmentally conscious decisions in their daily lives by validating green technologies that are available at the pump and developing educational tools for fans. The most recent example is an online tool which allows fans to measure their carbon footprints.
E15 is the most tested fuel in history. The U.S. Department of Energy performed an exhaustive test of E15, driving 86 cars more than 6 million miles, and approving the fuel for use in all light duty cars and trucks model year 2001 and newer.