Sunday, September 9, 2007

IndyCar Series Converts to 100% ethanol

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Renewable Fuel an Unqualified Success in 2007 Season

Chicago, IL. (September 9, 2007) – The 2007 season of the IndyCar® Series featured a dazzling display of intense and unpredictable competition, with a margin of victory of less than a second in seven races.

While the Series attracted unprecedented media attention with its switch to 100 percent fuel-grade ethanol, the renewable fuel performed flawlessly with little fanfare in one of the most demanding environments in racing. The IndyCar Series became the first in motorsports to embrace a renewable and environmentally responsible fuel source, setting the standard for the “Greening of Racing”.

“Our partnership with ethanol industry has been a tremendous success both on and off the track,” said Terry Angstadt, President, IRL Commercial Division, Indy Racing League, the sanctioning body of the IndyCar Series. “We have been proud to share the track with a home-grown renewable fuel source that has such broad implications beyond racing. We will continue to be relevant and we will embrace the opportunity to lead the industry in our approach to balancing business with social responsibility.”

The reliability of ethanol in the IndyCar Series has been without question, and the League is now investigating alternative fuel options for the Indy Pro Series. The fuel efficiency has been impressive; the IndyCar Series has consumed more than 20,000 gallons (or 30% less) less fuel than last season.