Promoting ethanol to a worldwide audience, yesterday’s 12th running of the Iowa Corn 300 will be one for the record books. James Hinchcliffe brought home his second win at the Iowa Corn 300 taking the lead with just over 40 laps remaining. This year’s race also included many unique aspects showcasing Iowa Corn farmers and the corn-based ethanol that fuels IndyCars.
The new “pit-row-of corn” with fuel nozzles coming out of the stalks on the infield and the corn start/finish line on the track of the Iowa Speedway were highlights making the connection to the cornfields of Iowa to the ethanol-powered racing on the track. Iowa Corn Promotion Board President Duane Aistrope kicked off the race by saying “Drivers, start your Iowa corn ethanol power engines” while Iowa Corn Growers Association President Mark Recker waved the green flag. Aistrope and Recker presented Hinchcliffe with the Iowa Corn 300 trophy in victory lane.
“Iowa Corn would like to congratulate James Hinchcliffe on his second win here at the Iowa Corn 300,” said ICPB President Duane Aistrope, a farmer from Randolph. “This event offers race fans an up-close view of the power and performance of corn-ethanol on the fastest short track on the planet! Iowa corn farmers work hard to raise their corn crop each year and Iowa Corn works hard on their behalf to expand the access to ethanol-blended fuel wherever you pull up to the pump. It’s a great way to remind consumers to fill up like the pros.”
More than 1,500 Iowa Corn Growers Association members had the chance to hear from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, U.S. Congressman David Young, U.S. Congressman Dave Loebsack, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Julie Kenny.
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 a 7,500-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.