#4Energy4Enogen was a hot, fun summer weekend that took place at the Iowa Speedway during the American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen race weekend. Ethanol supporter, NASCAR fan and vice president of market development for Growth Energy Kelly Manning (#Kelly4President – some of the race fans nominated Kelly for President during the weekend) told Chuck Zimmerman that activities around the race and all-around ethanol weekend are extensive.
“This is the best track for us. Frankly it’s in the backyard of one hundred ethanol plants and thousands of farmers and there is lot’s of product being produced in this area, so Iowa Speedway is like home to our program. These folks are a good operation,” Manning said. He noted that ever since Growth Energy/American Ethanol began in NASCAR about six years ago, it was to showcase NASCAR cars and trucks running on 15 percent ethanol. “And really back then this was the proving ground to make sure they can run on the track effectively with a high octane, a high horsepower fuel, and that same fuel can be used in your passenger car.”
Ethanol truly came to life this weekend and one element of ethanol showcase was driver Ty Dillion in the No. 3 Kum & Go E15 NASCAR race car.
American Ethanol was formed about six years ago (Growth Energy was formed in 2009) and even before then Syngenta has been passionate about the industry and what they could do for biofuels, said Manning who continued, “They were the first large scale ag company that invested in Growth Energy and got behind all of our efforts. We’re out there working side by side with them and excited to help promote their products such as Enogen and Cellerate.”
Manning added that now is still the time to promote E15 (the cars are filled up with a green E15 ring) and by the end of the year there will be more than 1,000 retail locations offering consumers the choice of E15 at the pump.
To learn more about American Ethanol’s promotion of E15 and Growth Energy’s long-term partnership with Syngenta, listen to Chuck’s interview with Kelly Manning here: Interview with Kelly Manning, Growth Energy
You can find lots of photos from Iowa Speedway race weekend here: Enogen Syngenta NASCAR Photo Album