WHO: Jimmy Small – Iowa Speedway President
Craig Floss – Chief Executive Officer, Iowa Corn Growers Association
WHAT: September 12 marks 300 days until the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300. The iconic short track race in central Iowa has become a bucket-list item for fans and a favorite for the drivers who compete in it.
As a part of the yearlong buildup to the 11th running of the Iowa Corn 300®, Iowa Corn and Iowa Speedway representatives will conduct a “Pit Stop” at Smith Fertilizer & Grain in Knoxville.
Just like on Pit Road at Iowa Speedway, the Iowa Corn 300 Pit Crew will spring into action to service one lucky semi-driver hauling corn to the elevator by washing the windows and handing the driver a dozen lunches for the crew back in the field.
Indy cars feature a 2.2-liter, turbocharged, direct injected V-6 engine optimized to run 12,000 RPM and are fueled with E85. Iowa leads the nation in ethanol production, with 47 percent of the corn grown in Iowa going to create nearly 30 percent of all American ethanol. In 2015, Iowa’s ethanol industry supported 40,000 jobs accounting for $4.2 billion of Iowa’s GDP and $2 billion of income for Iowa households.
Fueling vehicles with the highest blend of ethanol when possible also make a big difference in Iowa’s air quality. Consumers with Flex Fuel Vehicles are encouraged to use E85 because of the high ethanol content, which has greater lung health benefits. One in ten vehicles in Iowa can use E85. Visit iowacorn.org for a listing of E15 to E85 stations and flex fuel vehicles.
WHEN: Monday, Sept. 12 at 11:00 a.m. CDT
WHERE: Smith Fertilizer & Grain
1650 Quebec Street
Knoxville, IA 50138
About Iowa Corn
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.
About Iowa Speedway
Iowa Speedway, “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet”, is a state-of-the-art 7/8-mile asphalt paved tri-oval race track and motorsports facility located in Newton, Iowa. Our 2017 schedule includes three exciting race weekends: June 23-24 (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Iowa 200 and NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen), July 8-9 (ARCA Racing Series Iowa 150 and Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300) and July 28-29 (NASCAR K&N Pro Series Iowa 150 presented by Vatterott College and NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250). For tickets, call 1-866-787-8946. To learn more, visit www.IowaSpeedway.com, “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @IowaSpeedway.