When NASCAR visited Kansas Speedway this past weekend, it was difficult to miss the role American Ethanol is playing in this year’s NASCAR program. Each race car is running on E15, a mixture of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline. And the American Ethanol industry is making sure NASCAR fans are exposed to ethanol’s message, including sponsorship of car number 33, driven by Clint Bowyer, which sported a special American Ethanol paint scheme during the STP 400.
More than 100,000 fans attended the Kansas race and more than 1,100 were American Ethanol industry supporters, about half of which were farmers. Race attendees noticed the prominence of American Ethanol from the time they entered the midway until they departed the track. With activities ranging from autograph signings to a massive American Ethanol banner on the backstretch grass, racing fans noticed the major role ethanol plays in NASCAR at every turn.
On the midway and before the race, Clint Bowyer and members of the American Ethanol team worked to educate race fans on the benefits of both ethanol and blender pumps. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said - what we need now is E15 and more E85 ethanol pumps so people can burn ethanol instead of Saudi Arabian oil.