American Ethanol will be in the spotlight at two races this weekend.
First, NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace will be driving the American Ethanol #09 car, with sponsorship by corn growers and Marquis Energy, in the Nationwide Series STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday. Ethanol plant president Mark Marquis says the partnership between corn growers, the ethanol industry and NASCAR is a great opportunity to get in front of American consumers who will feel more confident about putting higher blends of ethanol in their cars after seeing how well it performs in the race cars. Mark hosted a get-together with Kenny Wallace at the Marquis Energy plant on Thursday.
Then on Sunday afternoon, Clint Bowyer will be driving a special-edition American Ethanol paint scheme on his No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway. Clint has been talking up ethanol in interviews this week, like this story in the Kansas City Star where he is quoted as saying, “I don’t know if you’ve seen the price of fuel lately, but this whole country needs to be paying attention to this ethanol thing, because it’s a good way to create independence from foreign oil.” How true!
“It’s truly an honor to have American Ethanol on the No. 33 Chevrolet this weekend,” said Bowyer. “Born and raised in Kansas, I support American farmers as they strive to develop energy independence for our country and I look forward to representing American Ethanol both on and off the track this weekend at Kansas Speedway.”
Race fans will also see the American Ethanol logo along the backstretch wall of the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway on Sunday that will draw attention to the partnership between ethanol and NASCAR, which is using Sunoco Green E-15 racing fuel this season. We’ll have lots more from that race for you next week here on Corn Commentary.