American Ethanol Spring 2017 - Page 18

“Only in America ” NASCAR inducts biofuels Champ Richard Childress He grew up in poverty in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. At age 17, he purchased his first racecar — an old 1947 Plymouth — for $20. He went on to win six championships in NASCAR’s premier series, with Dale Earnhardt, and has been making automotive history ever since. performance benefits of higher-octane, homegrown fuels,” said Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy. “We could not be more excited to join loyal fans across the country in celebrating his recognition by the Hall of Fame.” He’s Richard Childress, a biofuels champion, owner of Richard Childress Racing, and Growth Energy board member who was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame this year. Childress got his start in 1969 and earned 76 top-10 finishes in 285 races before handing over driving duties to Dale Earnhardt in 1981. He founded Richard Childress Racing, a 17-time NASCAR championship- winning organization with more than 200 victories that continues to drive innovation in the sport. “Only in America could a kid selling peanuts and popcorn at Bowman Gray Stadium have a dream of becoming a race driver someday,” said Childress during a speech at his Hall of Fame induction. “Only in America. What a great country we live in.” Just like Childress, ethanol is an American success story that’s helping us be more energy independent all while reducing our impact on the environment and giving drivers a choice at the pump. “Richard Childress helped introduce the sport to ethanol, demonstrating time and again the 18 10 million miles of progress In 2011, Childress was among the leaders who helped launch the NASCAR Green initiative, which included a switch to Sunoco Green E15, a powerful blend containing 15 percent American ethanol. Since then, NASCAR has surpassed 10 million miles on the fuel. E15 is also available off the track. American con- sumers have driven more than 750 million miles on the blend, reducing emissions, saving money, and boosting engine performance. AMERICAN ETHANOL THE MAGAZINE