This past weekend at the Phoenix International Raceway, NASCAR surpassed 10 million successful miles racing on Sunoco Green E15, a fuel made with American Ethanol. In celebration, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) joined its American Ethanol partner, Growth Energy and NASCAR fans in waving American Ethanol green flags during the pace car laps at the start of the race. According to Nielsen Company data, the Can-Am 500 was the most-viewed race of the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
“This remarkable milestone is the result of an industry-wide commitment to demonstrate high performance racing with reduced emissions, while educating our fans about the benefits of sustainable and renewable American ethanol,” commented Brent Dewar, NASCAR chief operating officer.
Richard Childress Racing owner Richard Childress also took notice of the significance of this E15 milestone. “It's amazing what it’s done for our country, and what it’s done for NASCAR as well,” said Childress. “We ran ten million miles, competitive miles, grueling miles without a single failure.”
The switch to E15 has allowed NASCAR to run race cars on a cleaner-burning fuel that reduces emission by 20 percent while increasing horsepower. The sport has also helped prove the fuel’s benefits in front of an audience of millions of NASCAR fans and helped to shift attitudes and behaviors around the use of ethanol in personal vehicles.
American Ethanol #3 Chevrolet driver Austin Dillon has also noticed ethanol’s appeal to fans. “There’s a lot of positive momentum around what ethanol can do for America,” said Dillon. “I’m glad to represent American Ethanol and the jobs that it brings to our country.”
NCGA is taking a series of actions to do our part to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic fallout it is creating for corn farmers and our customers. Short term, this means instituting policies to protect the health and safety of our stakeholders and the broader communities we serve. Long term, we’re focused on creating solutions to help corn farmers and our customers recover from the financial impacts of this crisis.
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The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health. Administered by NCGA the partnership has more than 220 working farms enrolled in 16 states. SHP’s mission is to utilize science and data to partner with farmers who are adopting conservation agricultural practices that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the farm.