Jun 06, 2012  |  Today's News |  ICMB

Chicagoland Speedway announced Growth Energy and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board have partnered to become event title sponsor of its 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. The American Ethanol 225 on Saturday, July 21, represents the return of summer night racing to Chicagoland Speedway.

“As we kick off our 2012 race season this July we are thrilled to welcome an entitlement partner as involved in the sport as American Ethanol,” said Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway. “Their proactive commitment to reducing emissions has been a vital aspect of NASCAR’s Green Clean Air initiative, and American Ethanol has proven to be a tremendous partner not only for Chicagoland Speedway, but for NASCAR’s teams, fans and the industry as a whole.”

Representing a wide array of ethanol supporters, from farmers to bio-engineering firms, American Ethanol was established by Growth Energy in partnership with the National Corn Growers Association and others. Ethanol represents the most commercially-viable alternative to 100% petroleum-based fuel that America currently holds, and corn ethanol reduces emissions by 59 percent. By utilizing Sunoco Green E15 race fuel, a 15% blend of corn ethanol and gasoline, NASCAR has demonstrated that American Ethanol-blended fuel performs when held to the highest standards.

“Growth Energy is thrilled to sponsor the American Ethanol 225, and work in conjunction with Chicagoland Speedway and Illinois family corn farmers’ checkoff program, to promote a homegrown, American fuel,” stated Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy. “The drivers at Chicagoland Speedway and across the nation rely on E15 for superior horsepower and performance, and as they will tell you, it delivers.”

“Today is a shining example of how Americans across the country are embracing a homegrown renewable fuel, and Growth Energy along with American Ethanol and its partners are glad to be leading the charge.”

“We can’t wait to spend some time getting to know more racing fans at the American Ethanol 225,” said Bill Christ, a family farmer from Metamora, IL, who is Chairman of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board. “Illinois family farmers had a ball interacting with the racing community in our exhibits in the Speedway’s Champions Park display area last year, and we plan to do the same this year. Fans and drivers alike have committed to supporting the farmers that grow the corn to make ethanol, and we’re glad to return the favor with this elevated partnership.”

To purchase tickets to the American Ethanol 225, or any other events at Chicagoland Speedway visit or call 1-888-629-RACE (7223).

Date                               Event

Saturday, July 21            American Ethanol 225 (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series) & Ansell ActivArmr® 150 (ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards)

Sunday, July 22              STP 300 (NASCAR Nationwide Series)

Saturday, Sept. 15         Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola (NASCAR Nationwide Series)

Sunday, Sept. 16            GEICO 400 (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series)

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