IRL renews fuel supply deal with Brazilian sugarcane industry
The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) has renewed its fuel supply agreement with the Indy Racing League for the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season, which opens on Sunday in Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo. Under the new agreement, the IZOD IndyCar Series will continue to utilize sugarcane ethanol to fuel its racecars for all series events.
"We're pleased to continue our partnership with Indy, a global showcase for clean, renewable biofuels since 2007. With sugarcane ethanol, the series is guaranteed the additional plus of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 61 percent compared to gasoline, as recently recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition to being green, ethanol's higher octane rating also enhances racing performance," said Marcos Jank, UNICA's president & CEO.
The agreement calls for UNICA to cover the cost of approximately 53,000 gallons of the 100 percent fuel-grade ethanol to be used in 2010 by the IZOD IndyCar Series as well as the renewable diesel for the fleet of trucks that delivers cars, related gear and fuel for all races. The deal also calls for UNICA's Sugarcane Ethanol brand to be featured at all Indy events.
Sugarcane ethanol will fuel 16 of the 17 IZOD IndyCar Series races in the 2010 season. The only Indy race not covered by the series' commitment to use primarily sugarcane ethanol is the Iowa Corn Indy 250, which will utilize locally produced ethanol made from corn under a separate sponsorship arrangement.
At the inaugural Sao Paulo Indy 300, the ethanol will be supplied by one of UNICA's member companies, Copersucar S.A., Brazil's largest sugar, ethanol and bio-energy conglomerate, with 36 associated sugar and ethanol mills.
UNICA became the official fuel supplier for Indy in 2009, at the same time that Apex-Brasil, the Brazilian federal government's export development agency, became a major sponsor of the IndyCar Series. Apex-Brasil utilizes the Series as a channel to promote Brazilian exports. Throughout the 2010 season, UNICA will host special promotions at various races in the United States in partnership with Apex-Brasil, to encourage the expanded use of sugarcane ethanol among American consumers.