NASCAR reaches 6 million miles on Sunoco Green E15
July 25, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
For more than three years, NASCAR has run on a race fuel blended with 15 percent American Ethanol, Sunoco Green E15. This Sunday at the Brickyard here in Indianapolis, one of the world's most historically significant tracks, NASCAR will reach a fittingly historic milestone -- 6 million miles competitive racing on the bio-fuel.
"NASCAR conducted an exhaustive analysis before making the seamless transition to Sunoco Green E15, a race fuel blended with 15 percent American Ethanol."
--NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France
"NASCAR conducted an exhaustive analysis before making the seamless transition to Sunoco Green E15, a race fuel blended with 15 percent American Ethanol," said Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO. "As we eclipse 6 million tough competition miles across our three national series, we can definitively say this renewable fuel stands up to our rigorous racing conditions while significantly reducing our impact on the environment. We are proud to celebrate this milestone at Indianapolis Motor Speedway along with our partners at the National Corn Growers Association and Growth Energy."
At a ceremony in Indianapolis today, Richard Childress, chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing; Tom Buis, CEO at Growth Energy; and Ken Parrent, director of biofuels at Indiana Corn Marketing Council, gathered to recognize the upcoming achievement.
The 6-million mile mark is especially significant because it mirrors the 6 million miles of testing conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy to initially approve E15 for all light duty cars and trucks, model year 2001 and newer. When this milestone is reached, E15 will have been proven as a high performance fuel on both the road and the track. With another 6 million miles of NASCAR real-world racing under its belt, E15 will be definitively established as a reliable, dependable and safe fuel that is environmentally friendly, high performance and a less expensive option for consumers.
"Ethanol-blended fuel is greener, cleaner and homegrown. It reduces our dependence on foreign oil, creates jobs right here at home and helps improve our environment. We want consumers to know that E15 is a safe, high performance and reliable option for them that is less expensive and supports hometown jobs when they fill up at the pump," Buis said. "We are excited to celebrate this milestone of 6 million miles raced on Sunoco Green E15 at NASCAR here in Indiana."
In 2011, NASCAR and American Ethanol partnered to bring E15 to the sport. Since the beginning of the 2011 season, Sunoco Green E15 has fueled every car and every truck in each of NASCAR's national race series. The introduction of Sunoco Green E15 has been a pivotal part of the NASCAR Green initiative, and has successfully increased horsepower and decreased emissions for the sport.