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Published: Tue. Jun 5th, 2012

Growth Energy and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board partnering to present the American Ethanol 225 at Chicagoland Speedway

Joliet, Ill. – Chicagoland Speedway today announced Growth Energy and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board have partnered to become event title sponsor of its 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. The American Ethanol 225 on Saturday, July 21, represents the return of summer night racing to Chicagoland Speedway.

“As we kick off our 2012 race season this July we are thrilled to welcome an entitlement partner as involved in the sport as American Ethanol,” said Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway. “Their proactive commitment to reducing emissions has been a vital aspect of NASCAR’s Green Clean Air initiative, and 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 others. Ethanol represents the most commercially-viable alternative to 100% petroleum-based fuel that America currently holds, and corn ethanol reduces emissions by 59 percent. By utilizing Sunoco Green E15 race fuel, a 15% 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 farmers’ checkoff program, 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.”

“Today is a shining example of how Americans across the country are embracing a homegrown renewable fuel, and Growth Energy along with American Ethanol and its partners are glad to be leading the charge.”

“We can’t wait to spend some time getting to know more racing fans at the American Ethanol 225,” said Bill Christ, a family farmer from Metamora, IL, who is Chairman of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board. “Illinois family farmers had a ball interacting with the racing community in our exhibits in the Speedway’s Champions Park display area last year, and we plan to do the same this year. Fans and drivers alike have committed to supporting the farmers that grow the corn to make ethanol, and we’re glad to return the favor with this elevated partnership.”

To purchase tickets to the American Ethanol 225, or any other events at Chicagoland Speedway visit or call 1-888-629-RACE (7223).

Date                                         Event

Saturday, July 21                      American Ethanol 225 (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series) & Ansell ActivArmr® 150 (ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards)

Sunday, July 22                                    STP 300 (NASCAR Nationwide Series)

Saturday, Sept. 15                    Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola (NASCAR Nationwide Series)

Sunday, Sept. 16                      GEICO 400 (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series)

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About Growth Energy

Growth Energy represents the producers and supporters of ethanol who feed the world and fuel America in ways that achieve energy independence, improve economic well-being and create a healthier environment for all Americans now. More information can be found at

About National Corn Growers Association

Founded in 1957, the National Corn Growers Association represents 35,000 dues-paying corn farmers nationwide and the interests of more than 300,000 growers who contribute through corn checkoff programs in their states. NCGA and its 48 affiliated state associations and checkoff organizations work together to create and increase opportunities for their members and their industry. For more information, visit

About Illinois Corn Marketing Board

The Illinois Corn Marketing Board was established in 1982 to manage the voluntary checkoff investment that corn farmers in the state agreed to implement that year. The farmers that make up ICMB are elected by their peers to serve unpaid, three year terms. The ICMB farmer leaders are tasked with developing and maintaining markets for corn which is Illinois' highest valued agricultural commodity. Find out more about ICMB at and the family farmers who contribute to the checkoff at

Chicagoland Speedway & Route 66 Raceway

Chicagoland Speedway is a 1.5-mile, paved oval race track located in Joliet, Ill.  The track has hosted racing events of the major U.S. racing series, and currently conducts races in all three NASCAR national series, including the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.   Along with Route 66 Raceway, a multimillion-dollar complex that includes a ¼ mile stadium-style drag strip and a ½ mile dirt oval track, Chicagoland Speedway is wholly-owned by International Speedway Corporation (ISC), a major promoter of motorsports activities.  ISC owns and/or operates 13 of the nation’s major racing venues, including Daytona International Speedway. The 2012 Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway Seasons are presented by Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile.  Visit and discover everything Illinois has to offer.  For more information on Chicagoland Speedway, visit



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