Yesterday, American Ethanol announced that it had entered into a sponsor partnership with Richard Childress Racing and its No. 33 Chevrolet driver, Clint Bowyer, for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. What Illinois corn farmers might not realize is that their checkoff monies has made such a sponsorship possible.
Yes, the Illinois Corn Marketing Board is one of many state corn grower groups that provided funding enabling the National Corn Growers Association to participate in this legendary partnership. Now, your dollars will be promoting ethanol on a national level in a very big spotlight, showcasing your corn turned into a fuel as an important part of the sport.
The National Corn Growers Association President, Bart Schott, said, “Corn farmers have played a big role funding research to make ethanol production more efficient and promoting its many benefits. Now, it is time to showcase all ethanol has to offer on a national stage. Working with professional pacesetters like Clint Bowyer and Richard Childress Racing, NASCAR and Growth Energy is a remarkable opportunity for America’s family farmers.”
The farmers that represent Illinois on the ICMB couldn’t agree more. We are excited for the partnership to begin. Not only will Americans soon see that ethanol can efficiently fuel the highest performing cars in the country, but they will also be introduced to you and I, American corn farmers, and learn what we’re all about.
American corn farmers are about technology. American corn farmers are about efficiency. American corn farmers are about environmental stewardship, serving consumers, and energy independence. And we believe we’ve partnered with a racer who truly understands us and can tell the world more about who we really are.
“Born and raised in the Midwest, it’s truly an honor to support American farmers as they strive to develop energy independence for our country,” said Clint Bowyer. “I look forward to representing American Ethanol both on and off the track beginning this weekend in Daytona.”
Make sure you are watching Fox on February 20 at 12 pm CST to see your checkoff dollars at work.