The National Corn Growers Association is excited about a new opportunity that will change motorsports and agriculture. As the 2011 NASCAR season launches using a greener fuel, NCGA and NASCAR are joining forces to promote the use of corn-based American ethanol.
"Our membership is very excited to be an official partner of NASCAR," NCGA Chairman Darrin Ihnen. "NCGA has promoted the multiple benefits of ethanol for decades. It is an economic catalyst that creates jobs, is environmentally advantageous and is made in rural towns across America."
NASCAR Vice President and Chief Sales Officer Jim O'Connell says NASCAR is proud to be partnering with hard-working family farmers from all over the U.S. who grow the corn used in NASCAR's new racing fuel.
"We're equally happy that our sport can play a part in creating jobs and fostering energy independence," O'Connell said. "Using ethanol made from corn grown right here in America. That is very important to us."
The NASCAR season starts on Feb. 20 with the 53rd running of the Daytona 500. This will be the first race with Sunoco E-15 as the official fuel of NASCAR.
"There are many urban consumers who use ethanol and don't even know it," Ihnen said. "There are others who have heard incorrect information about ethanol. NASCAR's pioneering decision to make E-15 the official fuel of this dynamic, high-profile sport will educate and raise awareness with millions of people and make them proud to say they use American ethanol."