(Posted Mon. Feb 29th, 2016)

Members of the National Corn Growers Association’s NASCAR Advisory Committee met last week in Orlando, Florida to attend the Growth Energy Executive Leadership Conference and discuss the 2016 NASCAR season programming. The conference agenda contained two days of presentations and panel discussions on the state of the ethanol industry. 


“Spending time at forums with representatives from all sectors of the ethanol industry, gives corn growers the opportunity to contribute to discussions that impact their profitability,” said committee chair Jon Holzfaster. “The ethanol industry continues to face significant regulatory and infrastructure challenges. However, ethanol producers, fuel retailers and E15 industry consumers such as NASCAR all agree that the demand for cleaner renewable energy will only increase. All that is needed is to give consumers the ability to choose E15 and higher ethanol-blended fuels.”


Several members of the committee attended the season-opener Daytona 500. The trip allowed the group to experience the newly expanded Daytona International Speedway and witness Denny Hamlin capture victory in the closest finish in the race's storied 58-year history, pushing his No. 11 FedEx Toyota ahead of Martin Truex Jr.'s Toyota at the finish line by one-hundredth of a second.


In addition to Holzfaster, the committee includes Jim Greif from Iowa; Harold Wolle from Minnesota; Tricia Braid of Illinois Corn Growers Association; Greg Noble of Indiana Corn Growers Association; Jim Zook of Michigan Corn Growers and NCGA staff Amie Gianino and Susan Powers.