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Joliet, Ill. – July 21, 2015 – Chicagoland Speedway today announced American Ethanol E15, through the support of Growth Energy and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, as the event title sponsor of its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. The American Ethanol E15 225 will take to the track on Friday, Sept. 18 as part of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend.


“As we kick off our Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend, we are thrilled to welcome a partner as involved in the sport as American Ethanol,” said Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway. “Their commitment to reducing emissions through the cleaner burning ethanol fuel has been a vital part of NASCAR’s Green Clean Air initiative. American Ethanol has proven to be a tremendous partner not only for Chicagoland Speedway, but for NASCAR’s teams, fans and the industry as a whole.”

Representing a wide array of ethanol supporters, from farmers to bio-engineering firms, American Ethanol was established by Growth Energy in partnership with the National Corn Growers Association and industry supporters. Ethanol represents the most commercially-viable alternative to 100 percent petroleum-based fuel that America currently holds, and corn ethanol reduces emissions by 34 percent. By utilizing Sunoco Green E15 race fuel, a 15 percent blend of corn ethanol and gasoline, NASCAR has demonstrated that American Ethanol blended fuel performs when held to the highest standards.


“Growth Energy is thrilled to sponsor the American Ethanol 225 and work in conjunction with Chicagoland Speedway and Illinois family corn growers to promote a homegrown, American fuel,” stated Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy. “The drivers at Chicagoland Speedway and across the nation rely on E15 for superior horsepower and performance, and as they will tell you, it delivers.”


“Chicagoland Speedway is a great stage to show consumers the benefits of using E15, gasoline blended with 15 percent American Ethanol. We now have to make it an option for them at the pump,” said Mark Marquis, President of Marquis Energy and Board Member of Growth Energy.


The Illinois Corn Marketing Board is taking advantage of the track partnership and bringing in retailers to show them how American Ethanol is promoted in NASCAR.

“It’s great to see American Ethanol E15 take center stage again here in Illinois where our family farmers are busy growing the corn that powers NASCAR,” said Lou Lamoreux, chairman of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB). ICMB is partnering with Growth Energy for this race. “We’re excited to share the racing experience with our retail partners here in Illinois that are bringing the power and performance of ethanol to their customers who fill up their personal vehicles with E15 or other higher blends of ethanol.”

The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Sept. 18-20, will begin with I-Cash Pole Qualifying followed by the American Ethanol E15 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race under the lights on Friday night. On Saturday, Sept. 19, the Furious 7 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series will hit the track as the precursor to Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series showdown, the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. In addition to the racing action, fans can enjoy live musical entertainment including country music star Brett Eldredge, Champions Park, tailgating and more. Tickets start at just $25 with kids tickets (12 and under) $25 OFF, and parking is always FREE at Chicagoland Speedway.


Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 888-629-RACE, through the Chicagoland Speedway mobile app, or by visiting the Chicagoland Speedway Administrative office Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


The remaining 2015 NASCAR schedule at Chicagoland Speedway is as follows:


Date                             Event

Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup

Friday, Sept. 18            I-Cash Pole Qualifying and American Ethanol E15 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Saturday, Sept. 19        Furious 7 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series Race

Sunday, Sept. 20          NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

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