Over 12000 people who got together to watch the Daytona 500 were witness to the ethanol partnership between NASCAR and the National Corn Growers Association and Growth Energy. Though Clint Bowyer, American-Ethanol-sponsored driver failed to win the Daytona 500, ethanol was entitled with a victory as it was the first time all the cars raced used Sunoco Green E15.
Clint Bowyer, driver of the No.33 Chevrolet, won a second position for Drive4COPD 300 race which was held on Saturday. He managed to score the sixth starting position for the Daytona 500, held on Sunday. Later he finished in the 17th position.
During the performance, the spectators were given miniature American Ethanol green flags to wave at the start of the race and take home. The organizer also aired a spot of one minute duration. The fuel ports of all race cars were encircled with logos of ethanol as well. The NASCAR American Ethanol partnership has got a multi-year agreement through which American Ethanol will sponsor a new award each race and be featured on-site for race days.
NCGA President Bart Schott said that NASCAR’s 75 million race fans will see the benefits of an ethanol blend for more power and less emissions. He further added that this was a great experience for them to learn more about NASCAR’s drivers, staff and fans and to help spread the word about ethanol.