SPEEDWAY, Ind. — The partnership between NASCAR and American
Ethanol reached a milestone of 6 million miles of racing on E15 during this
year’s Brickyard 400.
The use of E15 has been great, said Richard Childress,
chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing, during a press conference July 25.
With testing E15 and reaching 6 million miles of racing on the fuel, Childress
said, they know they can run all the way up to E30.
“It’s going to be positive for NASCAR. It’s going to be
positive for the country and the consumer, as well,” he said.
The racing circuit wanted to demonstrate the benefits of a
fuel that could also be used in cars driven daily. The Sunoco Green E15 fuel
that has been used since 2011 is a blended fuel that has been tested by the U.S.
Department of Energy in addition to the 6 million miles of NASCAR racing.
Representatives with American Ethanol, Growth Energy,
Indiana Corn Growers and others hope consumers begin to see the benefits of
using ethanol. Hitting the milestone is the perfect opportunity to do just that,
said Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy.
The fuel is not only cleaner and better for the environment,
but it creates jobs and reduces dependence on foreign oil. The partnership also
is important because NASCAR validates what a great performance fuel is, Buis
“These guys wouldn’t be racing with it if it wasn’t — if
it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for you,” he said.
Ken Parrent, biofuels director for the Indiana Corn
Marketing Council, spoke of the partnership between NASCAR and American Ethanol
and how it creates a huge demand for Indiana corn.
“Corn farmers recognized the value of the ethanol industry
as it increases the demand for Indiana corn and impacts the economy,” he said.
The ethanol industry is growing in Indiana as the state is
the sixth-largest producer in the country. There are 12 ethanol plants operating
that, when combined, can produce 1 billion gallons of ethanol each year.