The Iowa Corn 300 will race into the Iowa Speedway at Newton on Sunday, July 10. This will be the 10th running of the annual race sponsored by Iowa Corn to promote the power and performance of ethanol on the fastest short track on the planet!
The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) look forward to once again being able to tout the many benefits of ethanol to fans at the track and around the world who will view the race on television. The message race fans will hear includes ethanol’s value to the U.S. economy, and also how ethanol reduces fuel costs and carbon emissions as well as provides a homegrown fuel source for the motoring public.
Great way to promote 40 years of corn farmer efforts
"The Iowa Corn 300 race provides a great platform to promote the nearly 40 years corn farmers have been building the corn-based ethanol market," says ICPB president Mark Heckman, a farmer from West Liberty. "Indy cars, which run at speeds over 200 miles per hour, are powered by 85% ethanol, so fans can see firsthand the power and performance of ethanol. We are pleased to continue to bring this premier racing event to Iowa and continue our partnership with Iowa Speedway and IndyCar."
ICGA President Bob Hemesath sees the race as an opportunity to connect with consumers. "With over 1,500 ICGA members typically attending the race, and a full house at the track, this event is a great place to connect with people from across the state. We have an even larger audience tuning in from across the nation and world.”
Hemesath adds, “This year, U.S. Congressman Dave Loebsack and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey will also be joining us at the race. Promoting Iowa corn, celebrating homegrown ethanol, and educating consumers are all accomplished with this one great event."
New Iowa Corn Mobile Education Center to debut at race
"We are excited to unveil the new Iowa Corn Mobile Education Center at the Iowa Corn 300," says Heckman. "The new trailer will be a great educational resource to showcase the many programs of Iowa Corn and the 4,000 every day products made from corn. We encourage all fans to visit the Iowa Corn trailer in the Midway/Concourse area to learn more about Iowa Corn because corn, it's everything!"
If you have questions, please log on to iowacorn.org/300 for the race day schedule, for more information on ethanol, and how to submit comments to the EPA regarding your thoughts on the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard.
The Iowa Corn Promotion Board works to develop and defend markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and corn products. The Iowa Corn Growers Association is an 8,000-member strong grassroots-driven organization, headquartered in Johnston, Iowa, serving members across the state, and lobbying on agricultural issues on behalf of its farmer members to create opportunities for long-term Iowa corn grower profitability. For more information, visit iowacorn.org.