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February 21, 2007

IndyCar Switches to 100 Percent Ethanol

Fuel from corn is now powering some of the highest-tech race cars in the world, as the IndyCar Series has switched its fuel to 100 percent ethanol. IndyCar had been using methanol fuel but started using 10 percent ethanol last year and committed to switch to 100 percent ethanol this year. In a recent "Open Test" at Daytona International Speedway, all 17 drivers and their teams had their first chance to try out the fuel, and they gave it their approval and support. "I really didn't notice any difference at all, which I think is the point," said 2005 IndyCar Series champion Dan Wheldon. The season's second Open Test will be held February 21st and 22nd at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida, in preparation for the 2007 season's opening race there on March 24th. See the press release from the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) and the follow-up story on the IndyCar Web site.

The American Le Mans Series has followed suit, switching to 10 percent ethanol for the 2007 racing season. Founded in 1999, the series features open-top prototypes and sophisticated production racing cars. The racing series starts on March 17th with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring—a 12-hour endurance race at Sebring International Raceway in Florida—and also includes 10 sprint endurances races and the 1,000 Petit Le Mans. VP Racing Fuels will be providing the ethanol fuel blends for the racing teams. See the press releases from EPIC and the American Le Mans Series.