The Iowa Corn 300, one of the major INDYCAR racing events of the year, will race into the Iowa Speedway on Sunday, July 8. This will be the 12th running of the Iowa Corn sponsored event to showcase the clean-burning, lower cost of ethanol on the fastest short track on the planet!
The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) look forward to once again being able to present the many benefits of ethanol to fans. The Iowa Corn 300 demonstrates the power of ethanol at speeds over 200 mph, but it also provides the benefits to every driver of using cleaner burning, homegrown fuel choices at the pump. The major highlights including its value to the U.S. economy, to reducing fuel costs and carbon emissions as well as providing a homegrown fuel source.
“We value the partnership with the Iowa Speedway and INDYCAR to showcase the power and performance of ethanol, a home grown fuel that today supports local farmers in our state,” said ICPB President Duane Aistrope, a farmer from Randolph. “Fueling up with homegrown ethanol also benefits every driver because it’s cleaner burning, reduces harmful emissions, and supports Iowa jobs and your local economy.”
ICGA President Mark Recker sees the race as an opportunity to network with ICGA members and connect with consumers. “With more than 1,000 ICGA members typically attending the race, this event is a great place to connect with farmers from across the state. Ethanol continues to be a win-win for Iowa, but we're far from the checkered flag. As farmers work hard to raise their corn crops, Iowa Corn is working to broaden access to higher blends of ethanol, like E15, and ensure consumers have access to ethanol blends whenever they pull up to the gas pump. ICGA is working to defend the Renewable Fuel Standard to provide access to ethanol at the pump. If you drive a flex-fuel vehicle, you could be like their favorite INDYCAR driver and fill your tank with an E85, 85% ethanol fuel blends.”
The Iowa Corn 300 and the Iowa Speedway have the second longest running partnership in INDYCAR competition. “This is truly an event for the whole family,” said Aistrope. “Fans love meeting the drivers at the fan walk, seeing the fast cars and feeling the excitement at the track. The Iowa Corn 300 is one of the top summer events and I would encourage everyone to come experience the event.”
To find out the best fuel for your vehicle, go to iowacorn.org/ethanol. If you have questions about the race, log on to www.iowacorn.org/300 for the race day schedule and more information on ethanol.
The Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) works to develop and defend markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and corn products. The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is an 8,000-member strong grassroots-driven organization, headquartered in Johnston, Iowa, serving members across the state, and lobbying on agricultural issues on behalf of its farmer members to create opportunities for long-term Iowa corn grower profitability. For more information, visit iowacorn.org.