MIS applauds NASCAR's switch to Sunoco Green E15 fuel

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Recognized as one of the industry’s leaders in green initiatives, Michigan International Speedway, and its president Roger Curtis applaud the efforts by NASCAR to run with Sunoco Green E15 fuel for the 2011 season.

NASCAR announced today that all three of its series will compete with Sunoco Green E15 ethanol fuel, beginning in the 2011 season. E15 is a 15 percent ethanol blend using American-made ethanol from corn grown by American farmers.

“As a leader in green efforts, it’s exciting news to see the on track product be environmentally conscious,” Curtis said. “MIS has taken great pride over the years with our green initiatives and we applaud NASCAR’s decision to run Sunoco Green E15 fuel next season. As with NASCAR, MIS will continue to look for ways to make our business more environmentally friendly. It’s the right thing to do.”

Among NASCAR race tracks, MIS has been a leader in green initiatives. Since Curtis took over as president of MIS in 2006, the speedway has made its green efforts a priority. The track, each and every season, had participated in a variety of different programs, from working with its partner, Coke, in its recycling program, to planting hundreds of trees through its partnership with CARFAX and NASCAR, MIS is truly making its green efforts a top initiative.

The track also installed solar panels on its new pit road suite building, offsetting much of its energy costs throughout the year.

In particular, MIS has partnered with CARFAX over the past four years to neutralize carbons resulting from the race cars, as well as the travel by the fans and track energy use during the August race weekend.

The speedway’s efforts have been recognized with several awards and the track vows to continue working with state and federal agencies to continue working toward environmentally sound business practices.

“We’ve recognize that many of our race fans are outdoor enthusiasts and our location, nestled in the Irish Hills of Michigan, only makes sense for us in our green efforts,” Curtis said, “We’ve had the opportunity to develop tremendous relationships with our partners and NASCAR to make our green initiatives a priority and to see all the touring series that competes at our track now making the effort is great to see.”

Sunoco Green E15 will be blended at Sunoco’s fuel facility in Marcus Hook, Pa., which provides high-performance race fuel to NASCAR teams at no cost to them. The American-grown and American-made corn ethanol will come in part from Sunoco’s new ethanol plant in Fulton, N.Y.  The new fuel will be pumped directly from tankers at the track, rather than from on-site underground storage tanks. Sunoco continues to serve as the official fuel of NASCAR and MIS.

NASCAR team engine builders have been testing the Sunoco Green E15 for several months, and reports have been very positive.  In fact, many have reported achieving more horsepower with Sunoco Green E15.

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike.

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