NASCAR Champ To Keynote Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

NASCAR Champ To Keynote Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

The public is invited to attend the annual Renewable Fuels Summit on January 25 in Des Moines. Well-known former champion driver Rusty Wallace will discuss NASCAR's recent decision to use E15 ethanol in race cars for the 2011 racing season.

At the upcoming fifth Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit, people who attend will hear from acclaimed NASCAR champion racecar driver Rusty Wallace. As keynote speaker for the conference, he will discuss NASCAR's recent announcement that it will use E15 ethanol fuel. The summit will be hosted by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association on Jan. 25in Des Moines.

"We are thrilled to have former NASCAR Champion Rusty Wallace as this year's main speaker," says Lucy Norton, IRFA managing director.  "As the nation prepares for a new ethanol blend, E15, the NASCAR organization is proving that E15 is a high-performance, green fuel for some of the most powerful engines in the racing world."

Switch to high-octane, clean-burning E-15 to boost horsepower

When the green flag drops for the 2011 race season, NASCAR's three major national touring series will run on E15, a fuel blend containing 15% ethanol. The switch to this high-octane, clean-burning fuel has resulted in a gain in horsepower, according to NASCAR officials.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the use of E15 in passenger vehicles and light-duty trucks for model years 2007 and newer.  It is anticipated that this approval will be expanded in the near future by EPA to include cars and light trucks made in 2001 and newer models.

"NASCAR is an illustrious model for the future of higher ethanol blends," says Norton. "The confidence that NASCAR is putting into our American-made fuel sends a strong message to motorists and race fans that E15 is a reliable, high-performance fuel." 

Pre-registration is required to attend conference, but no admission

The summit and trade show, being held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Polk County Convention Complex in Des Moines, is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Participants can register online at www.IowaRFA.org by Jan. 21, 2011 where they'll also find additional links and information relating to the summit. Or you can call Lucy Norton at 515-252-6249.

Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production, says Norton. Iowa has 40 ethanol refineries capable of producing nearly 3.7 billion gallons annually. In addition, Iowa has 13 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce over 315 million gallons annually.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association was formed in 2002 to represent the state's liquid renewable fuels industry. The trade group fosters the development and growth of the renewable fuels industry in Iowa through education, promotion, legislation and infrastructure development. For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website at  www.IowaRFA.org.

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