Bowyer puts American Ethanol in the NASCAR spotlight

By Holly Jessen | October 26, 2011

For two weekends in a row, race car driver Clint Bowyer will have put his best foot forward for American Ethanol. On Oct. 23 the spokesperson for American Ethanol won his first race of the year. On Oct. 30, for the second time this year, his No. 33 Chevrolet race car will feature American Ethanol paint scheme at the Martinsville Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

“We are extremely excited that Bowyer’s No. 33 car will prominently feature American Ethanol in this week’s race,” said National Corn Growers Association NASCAR Advisory Committee Chair Martin Barbre. “Of course, we again congratulate our spokesman on his major victory last week.  Now, tens of millions of fans across the country will be keyed into Clint as he again shows the incredible performance of E15 as it fuels him back into victory lane again.”

Bowyer’s victory happened during the Good Sam Club 500 at the Talladega Superspeedway. He also won the American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award in Talladega, which he will receive at the Martinsville Speedway. This is his first win as the American Ethanol spokesperson and his fifth victory during his career.

During every race, all NASCAR race cars run on E15 and the American Ethanol logo is displayed around all race car fuel ports. In addition, Bowyer has an American Ethanol logo on his race suit at every race. However, Oct. 30 Bowyer’s race car will feature a special-edition American Ethanol design with black, silver and green paint. The paint job first debuted June 5. “This branded race car design raises American Ethanol’s profile in a powerful way, especially coming off Clint Bowyer’s win last week in Talladega,” said Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy. “American Ethanol’s partnership with NASCAR shows fans across the country that ethanol is a safe and viable choice for their cars, and that it creates jobs in the U.S., decreases our reliance on foreign oil and improves our environment.”

Bowyer, a native of Kansas, calls the transition to using E15 on NASCAR’s tracks “seamless and overwhelmingly positive” for him and the whole Richard Childress Racing team. “I support American farmers as they strive to develop energy independence for our country and I look forward to representing American Ethanol both on and off the track this weekend at Martinsville,” he said.