Wisconsin corn growers head to the races this spring with sponsorship of the Madison International Speedway Super Truck Series running on locally produced, high octane, renewable ethanol fuel.
"Pickup trucks and ethanol are a natural fit and Wisconsin corn growers are excited that the Madison track is powering the Super Truck Series with ethanol," says Brian Long, a Weyauwega corn grower and president of the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association. "Locally produced ethanol is a cleaner burning, renewable fuel that helps engines run cleaner and with more power. NASCAR racers have successfully driven more than 6 million miles over the past three years with ethanol fuel and now Madison racers can experience the power of ethanol for themselves this season."
The Madison truck series is the first in the Midwest to "Go Green" by using ethanol, a sustainable, renewable fuel distilled in Wisconsin from locally grown corn and will run nine, Friday night races at Madison International Speedway. The truck series kicked off the season May 2, with a dozen trucks competing, and Blake Brown set a new track lap record of 18.513 in a qualifying race. The next truck series race at the track is set for May 23 and a complete track schedule is posted online at http://www.madisoninternationalspeedway.com.
"Wisconsin drivers can experience the power of ethanol themselves by filling up with a variety of ethanol blends," says Long. "Wisconsin currently has more than 120 gas stations offering ethanol for flex-fuel vehicles and most regular gasoline includes 10% ethanol, while all 2010 and new vehicles can use E15. Adding renewable ethanol into the fuel supply provides a lower-cost oxygenate that outperforms gasoline and reduces emissions, taking the equivalent of more than 20 million cars off the road annually."Source: Wisconsin Corn Growers