Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA)

Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA)

July 23, 2009 10:51 ET

Indy Cars in Edmonton Race to Use 100% Ethanol Fuel This Weekend

230 mph with a green and clean renewable fuel

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 23, 2009) - On the eve of the Indy Car race in Edmonton, the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) today applauded the IndyCar Series and their use of 100% ethanol as fuel in their race cars.

"Ethanol is a clean-burning renewable fuel," said CRFA chair Jeff Passmore. "Seeing these Indy Cars driving over 230 miles per hour (380 km/h) on 100% ethanol proves the high-quality performance of the fuel. Ethanol is being made in Canada today, it is viable, and becoming more accessible for all drivers."

As well as being one of only two stops in Canada for the IndyCar Series, the race in Edmonton also comes just as the world's first waste-to-ethanol plant is being planned for construction at the City of Edmonton landfill. Two leading Canadian companies, GreenField Ethanol and Enerkem, have partnered with the City of Edmonton to build the first facility in the world which will use non-recyclable municipal solid waste to produce the clean-burning fuel, ethanol.

"While the Indy race in Edmonton is great news for sports fans across Canada, this advanced ethanol plant in Edmonton is great news for all drivers, consumers, and our environment," continued Passmore. "New sustainable green manufacturing jobs are being created, harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are significantly reduced, and drivers are finally getting different choices at the fuel pump."

This is the third season that the IndyCar Series has used 100% ethanol fuel.

The Rexall Edmonton Indy on takes place on Sunday, July 26.

Founded in 1984, the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote the use of renewable fuels for transportation through consumer awareness and government liaison activities.

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