Ethanol 'flawless' as racetrack fuel, says NASCAR CEO Brian France

28 June 2011 17:44  [Source: ICIS news]

A NASCAR ethanol carINDIANAPOLIS (ICIS)--Ethanol is proving to be a successful fuel on the racetrack, delivering higher combustion than gasoline despite a small decrease in mileage, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) said on Tuesday.

NASCAR began using a blend of 15% ethanol in gasoline (E15) this year under an agreement with several US ethanol makers and trade group Growth Energy.

Ethanol has been "flawless" as a fuel, said NASCAR’s chief executive, Brian France, in a speech at the 2011 Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo in Indianapolis.

said that he hoped the partnership with the US ethanol industry would help to debunk myths about the biofuel, including what he said was misinformation about the performance of the product.

“I am tired of hearing lawnmower stories,” he said to delegates, dismissing allegations by some consumer advocates that ethanol can damage certain types of engines, particularly those used in outdoor equipment.

NASCAR gives ethanol a third-party validation, France said, adding that the league tested the fuel extensively before deciding ethanol was competitive and safe for its cars.

“Our biggest criterion was the racetrack, and testing showed that ethanol was a great fuel for NASCAR,” he said.

Ethanol will be used at NASCAR races for six seasons under its partnership with US ethanol makers, said Growth Energy’s chief executive, Tom Buis. He declined to provide financial details, but did say that the NASCAR deal was the biggest public relations investment ever made by the US ethanol industry.

The four-day conference, which opened on Monday, is expected to draw 2,000 delegates.

For more on ethanol, visit ICIS chemical intelligence

By: William Lemos
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