(Posted Mon. Oct 15th, 2012)

Oct. 15: When NASCAR’s top drivers began the “Chase” for the coveted Sprint Cup Championship this year, they hit a major milestone for both the sport and for American Ethanol, racing more than three million miles fueled by a 15 percent ethanol blend.


"Since the 2011 racing season, NASCAR drivers have seen a considerable increase in horsepower thanks to Sunoco Green E15,” said Richard Childress Racing driver and American Ethanol spokesman Austin Dillon. “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.”


To increase awareness of the many benefits of ethanol, the National Corn Growers Association and Growth Energy formed the American Ethanol partnership with NASCAR in 2011. Over the past two seasons, every car in every NASCAR race has been powered by 15 percent ethanol. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races have all showcased the incredible reliability and performance that 15 percent ethanol fuel blends offer.


In order to maximize the impact of this message, American Ethanol has worked with NASCAR drivers Kenny Wallace and Austin Dillon, who act as the 2012 spokesmen for the high performance and clean burning characteristics of the fuel and for the farmers and ethanol plants that make it possible.


While every car on the track runs on E15 and features the green American Ethanol circle around its fuel port, Wallace and Dillon take the lead in efforts to increase awareness of ethanol with avid fans and dispel myths about the renewable domestic fuel with the general public. The rigorous racing conditions have proven the durability and high performance capabilities of the fuel while also helping increase awareness of how ethanol creates jobs domestically and decreases dependence on imported petroleum.


Dillon says drivers have seen a considerable increase in horsepower since the switch to Sunoco Green E15 in 2011.


This weekend, American Ethanol will again hit the track at the Kansas Speedway, reaching out to NASCAR fans at the track and in their homes. For more information on special events surrounding the race, visit later this week.