• Sep 27, 2006
Yesterday marked a historical milestone for open-wheel racing and for the movement towards alternative energy motorsports as former IndyCar champions Tonny Kanaan and Sam Hornish Jr. ran tests on 100% ethanol fuel. The champs ran the new 3.5-liter Honda V8s around the road course at Daytona all day without incident, marking the first time open-wheel racing has been run on a completely renewable fuel source, in advance of the series' shift to ethanol for the 2007 season.

The drivers' performance was competitive against Scott Dixon and Vitor Meira who ran on the 2006 mixture of 10 methanol; all drivers clocking comparable lap times.

The historical significance of the day of testing was even further enhanced by the venue, as this was the first time since 1959 that Indy cars ran at Daytona.

[Source: The Auto Channel]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      This isn't too impressive, NASCAR started out with people running ethanol.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I guess they don't have to drive when the temps drop below 50 F.
      Can't drive, engine won't start. Going back to brazil.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow. Moving from methanol to ethanol. One 'alternative-energy' source to another: please tell me why I should care.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Does Ethanol burn w/o flames like Methanol does? Just want to know in advance of any dancing crewmen on pit lane.