It was not just another Monday at Smith Fertilizer & Grain in Knoxville, Iowa. As a part of the yearlong buildup to the 11th running of the Iowa Corn 300, a “Pit Crew” comprised of Iowa Corn and Iowa Speedway representatives conducted a surprise “Pit Stop” at the bustling co-op.
The Iowa Corn 300 Pit Crew serviced one lucky semi-driver hauling corn to the elevator, by washing the windows and handing the driver lunches for the crew back in the field. September 12 marked 300 days until the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 and the unofficial start of harvest season.
Iowa leads the nation in ethanol production, with 47 percent of the corn grown in Iowa creating 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. The great weather in 2016 has produced a record crop and further illustrates how Iowa Corn is feeding the world.
Indy cars feature a 2.2-liter, turbocharged, direct injected V-6 engine optimized to run 12,000 RPM and are fueled by E85; a very impressive use of ethanol. The Iowa Corn 300, entering its 11th year, is the second longest-running entitlement sponsorship in INDYCAR racing. INDYCAR weekend at Iowa Speedway has become a bucket-list item for fans and a favorite for the drivers who compete in it, none of which would be possible without the power of Iowa Corn.
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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.