Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway took place this week and Sheetz, one of the country’s largest E15 retailers, showcased their car alongside Growth Energy as a means to raise awareness of the ethanol fuel blend. E15, which fueled the Sheetz #62 car, is now available at 61 Sheetz stations across North Carolina. During the promotion, the fuel was featured during pit stops at five local locations where drivers were able to check out the race car driven by Brendan Gaughan. Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and Durham Mayor Bill Bell recently designated Sept. 16 as E15 Day in their cities.
“We are proud of our partnership with Sheetz, a retailer committed to providing their customers with the best fueling options in North Carolina,” said Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy. “E15 has been powering teams to victory on the racetrack for the last five years, reducing emissions and boosting performance. North Carolina drivers can now find this same high-performance, 21st century fueling option at Sheetz stores across the state.”
As part of this week’s events, the Sheetz car made appearances at North Carolina stations in Statesville, Troutman, Conover, Hickory and Salisbury.
“We enjoy working with Growth Energy to ensure our loyal customers have the best, most extensive selection of fuels to choose from at the pump,” added Mike Lorenz, executive vice president of petroleum supply for Sheetz. “We believe drivers should be able to choose a fuel option that suits their needs. E15, which contains 5 percent more ethanol than standard gasoline, has a higher octane level than regular gasoline, which translates to more horsepower. It’s also cleaner burning and cheaper, three benefits we believe our customers will appreciate.”
Sheetz is also taking part in Growth Energy’s annual Pink Out program, where two cents from the sale of every gallon of E15 will be donated to the fight against breast cancer. Sheetz has chosen to direct their contributions to the American Cancer Society.