Following EPA's approval of E15, NASCAR says it will use a 15% ethanol blend in its racing fuel beginning next year. Sunoco will continue to supply fuel to NASCAR and will blend the 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline mixture in Marcus Hook, Penn. The ethanol itself will be produced at Sunoco's ethanol plant in Fulton, New York, from American-grown corn.
Mike Lynch, managing director of the Green Innovation division for NASCAR, says with Sunoco Green E15, they are leading by example, showing that this renewable fuel, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions, works in the most demanding racing environment in the world.
The National Corn Growers Association says NASCAR's announcement that it will race with E15 fuel in its three national touring series starting next season is great news for the ethanol industry and U.S. corn farmers. NCGA says its part of an important growing relationship that can help those off the farm learn more about where their food and fuel come from.
NCGA President Bart Schott, a corn farmer in Kulm, N.D. said, "We salute NASCAR for taking this great step forward. Now is the time we need to drive home the truth about ethanol as an important part of ensuring energy security, rural economic growth and environmental benefits."
Meanwhile, NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace and officials of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board have announced a promotional partnership in which Illinois corn farmers will share the story of their families and their crop at the Nationwide Series event this Saturday at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill.