The director of the NASCAR Nationwide Series is Joe Balash, pictured here before Saturday’s STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. He’s proudly displaying the American Ethanol name around the gas coupler on this car that just happened to be rolling by. That name is on all NASCAR cars.
I talked with Joe before the race. He talks about how STP has “come back” to NASCAR as a major race sponsor. Then we moved to ethanol. He says that using a blend of ethanol is “part of the things we’re trying to do to become less dependent on foreign fuels.” Joe believes it’s great to partner with American Ethanol and be able to use ethanol mixed with their Sunoco racing fuel to provide a very high quality, high power fuel for the race cars. He says the fuel is performing very well for the NASCAR teams which is a comment I heard repeatedly over the race weekend.
Joe says he grew up in Indiana corn country and has had a lot of opportunity to talk with corn growers as he travels around. He says there is a great tie between NASCAR and farmers and ethanol since Nationwide Insurance, the series sponsor, has farmers on their board of directors! He also made a great statement for why ethanol is good for America. He’s obviously done his homework. You can listen to my interview with Joe here:
Posted by Chuck Zimmerman, AgWired