NASCAR announced that it will surpass 10 million competition miles on Sunoco Green E15, a biofuel blended with 15% American-made ethanol, by the end of the 2016 season. The 10 million miles will have been accumulated across practice, qualifying and racing laps since the biofuel was adopted by the sport.
Six years ago, NASCAR entered into a partnership with Sunoco and American Ethanol, launching its long-term biofuels program to reduce emissions across its three national series. Sunoco Green E15 made its debut at Daytona International Speedway in 2011. All the ethanol for Green E15 is produced from American-grown corn at Sunoco’s ethanol manufacturing facility in Fulton, N.Y.
According to new research conducted in July, when compared to non-fans, NASCAR fans are more likely to support the use of ethanol-blended gasoline to fuel NASCAR race cars, their own car, and cars on the road today to increase U.S. energy independence. (Source: Custom Environment-Related Tracker commissioned by NASCAR and conducted by Toluna (July 2016).)
Like their favorite NASCAR drivers, consumers are now utilizing a fuel with a blend of 15 percent ethanol. Americans have already driven over 500 million miles on E15. Today, nearly 400 stations across 28 states sell E15 and those numbers continue to climb.—Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy
The move to Sunoco Green E15 coincided with the incorporation of more technology into NASCAR race cars. In 2012, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series transitioned from carbureted engines to electronic fuel injection using an electronic control unit (ECU)—the first computer technology used in a NASCAR race car. In addition, the series moved from analog gauges to a digital dashboard this season.