Iowa Corn Indy 250, presented by Pioneer Returns to the Iowa Speedway
4th Annual Race will be Fueled by Corn Ethanol
JOHNSTON, Iowa. The Iowa Corn Growers Association, the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and Pioneer are proud to announce that they have renewed their sponsorship for the Iowa Corn Indy 250, presented by Pioneer. The 4th Annual race will be held on Sunday, June 20th at the Iowa Speedway in Newton. This race marks the 4th trip to Iowa for the Indy Car Series and the 4th time the cars have driven nearly 200 miles per hour on 100 percent fuel grade corn ethanol.
“Powering Indy Cars at top speeds is the ultimate in ethanol performance,” said Tim Burrack, a farmer from NE Iowa and Chairman of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. “Iowa Corn is at the track again this year because the cars are not only running on corn ethanol, but thousands of Iowans hear and see our messages about the power, performance, reliability, and energy independence from homegrown corn ethanol.”
In 2006, the Indy Car Series realized reduced fuel consumption on the same horsepower using corn ethanol. Specifically, the Series saw smaller engines and a savings of more than 20,000 gallons of fuel in the first year alone. This along with the increased economic activity for Iowa is what brought sponsors like Iowa Corn and Pioneer back to the Iowa Corn Indy 250.
"The Iowa Corn Indy 250 has become a great event for the state and we are proud to sponsor it,” said Judd O’Connor, Pioneer business director for Iowa and Missouri. “Just as science and innovation are constantly improving the performance of the cars on the track, they are helping develop the alternative, sustainable fuels that the world is demanding and Iowa agriculture can deliver.”
Previous Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer races have set record attendance at the Iowa Speedway with over 40,000 fans packing the stands. Stan Clement, Iowa Speedway Chief Executive Officer, saluted Iowa farmers for introducing corn-based ethanol to the motor sports industry, as well as Iowa Corn and Pioneer for their continued sponsorship of the Iowa Corn Indy 250, “The Iowa Corn Grower’s Association and the Indy Racing League have been a tremendous fit for Iowa Speedway and we are honored to have them continue with us. The Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer is a world-class event and racing fans look forward to the race each year.”
The Iowa Corn Promotion Board Visit Iowa Corn (ICPB), works to develop and defend markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and corn products. The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is a membership organization lobbying on agricultural issues on behalf of its 6,400 farmer members. Both organizations work on the joint mission to create opportunities for long-term Iowa corn grower profitability.
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