Growth Energy announced Wednesday at the annual National Association of Convenience Stores Show in Las Vegas that NASCAR has run more than three million miles on Sunoco Green E15, a fuel blended with 15% ethanol.
To increase awareness of ethanol, Growth Energy and the National Corn Growers Association formed the American Ethanol partnership with NASCAR in 2011. Over the past two seasons, NASCAR has been powered by a fuel comprised of 15% ethanol.
The capabilities of E15 have been showcased in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
Austin Dillon, driver of the No. 3 American Ethanol Chevrolet in NASCAR, made an appearance to promote the major milestone in American Ethanol's partnership with NASCAR.
Dillon, who is in contention for the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship, applauded American Ethanol's efforts to increase knowledge about renewable fuels while visiting the Growth Energy booth at the trade show.
"Since the 2011 racing season, NASCAR drivers have seen a considerable increase in horsepower thanks to Sunoco Green E15. 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," Dillon said.
NASCAR drivers hit the three million mile threshold in mid-September 2012 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
E15 has been tested by the U.S. Department of Energy, and is suitable for vehicles 2001 and newer. In an evaluative study, DoE ran 86 vehicles, representing all major vehicle models, more than six million miles to no ill effect.
As gas prices continue to rise, retailers and consumers are increasingly turning to E15 as an alternative to traditional gasoline, and it is already available to American consumers at stations across Kansas and Iowa, with more Flex Fuel pumps opening nationwide.
To learn more about E15, visit www.ethanolretailer.com.