Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to start your engines. The Iowa Corn Promotion Board and the Iowa Corn Growers Association will be the title sponsor for the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at the new Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on June 24, 2007. The inaugural Indy race is scheduled to showcase ethanol before a live national television audience - on ABC.
If you don't have your ticket yet, you can still order them. Also, the Iowa Corn Growers Association is giving away two prime seats in a contest. All you have to do is log onto www.iowacorn.org to enter.
NASCAR Champion Rusty Wallace, who designed the Iowa Speedway, "A Rusty Wallace Signature Series Track," praises the involvement of the sponsoring organizations for this race - Iowa Corn and presenting sponsor, Epic.
Chance to showcase Iowa ethanol
"I've watched the impact ethanol fuel is making on racing, especially the Indy Racing League," Wallace says, "and it's an honor for us to have a major sponsorship - for a major race - from a major industry group here in the state of Iowa. It's really great for racing, for Iowa Speedway, and for the many folks here in Iowa who make their living growing corn."
Kyle Phillips, ICPB chairman and a corngrower from Knoxville, says sponsorship of the race provides an opportunity for Iowa to showcase its position as No. 1 corn-producing state and No. 1 ethanol processor in the nation.
"Ethanol has been a winner in Iowa for many years," Phillips says. "With all the Indy Racing League cars running on 100% ethanol in 2007, this race will show the entire United States about the benefits of using ethanol-blended fuel."
The race will showcase the power and efficiency of ethanol fuel made from corn and produced by the corngrowers of Iowa, he adds. The Indy Car series is running on 100% fuel-grade ethanol throughout the 2007 season, not just in Iowa but at tracks across the U.S. where Indy cars race.
A.J. Foyt coming to Iowa Corn Indy 250
A.J. Foyt, one of the most prominent figures in U.S. autoracing history, will be coming to the Iowa Corn Indy 250 on Saturday June 24. Foyt is celebrating his 50th year in Indy racing and is considered by many to be the greatest driver in the world. Foyt is the only driver to record victories in the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500 stock car race, the 24 hours of Daytona and the 24 hours of LeMans, an international sports car endurance race in LeMans, France.
"We are excited to have A.J. Foyt coming to the Iowa Corn Indy 250 this summer," says Phillips. "This just gives us one more element to the great connection we have with ethanol-based fuel in Iowa and the performance it will showcase to a national audience this June." The Iowa Corn Indy 250 will be televised worldwide by ABC on Sunday, June 24 at 1 p.m. eastern time. For more information on the Iowa Corn Indy 250, visit www.iowacorn.org.