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While looking around for information on EPIC's now-canceled sponsorship of the Rahal-Letterman Racing Team, I discovered that the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council is undergoing a rebranding. The new name: "Growth Energy."

During the keynote session of the Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Institute conference last May, Bobby Rahal, head of Rahal Letterman Racing, gave a talk that described his role (click and scroll down a bit) in helping the Indy Racing League move to using 100 percent ethanol fuel. In short, Rahal was fully behind the move to the biofuel. Turns out, ethanol isn't fully behind Rahal.

Photo by Zach Klein. Licensed under Creative Commons license 2.0.

Last week the representatives from the Indy Racing League met with President Bush at the White House, where the president heard a bit about the league's use of ethanol to race around in circles. Wait, it's ovals, right? Anyway, the IRL is using an E10 blend of gasoline and ethanol this season and will start using E100 for all races in 2007.

I wrote about Sam Hornish, Jr.'s initial win of $2,500 Ethanol Fast Lap contest at the Indy 500 a little over a week ago and now there's updated news. There are a total of five of these Ethanol Fast Lap days this month, four of which have now taken place. Turns out, Hornish has won the competition all four of those days and his fast lap times have earned him $10,000 from the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council. The awards go to the driver with the fastest practice lap speed for five days d

South Dakota is making it a little bit easier to see Mt. Rushmore or the Corn Palace in a green car. The state office of tourism is mailing out up to 3,000 $20 ethanol vouchers to drivers to spend when they fill up with some sort of ethanol-related fuel in South Dakota. As of today, there are 64 participating gas stations in the state, but more are promised.

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