NASCAR forms EPS, fuel partnership

NASCAR Partnership with EPA and Sunoco Succeeds Unleaded Fuel to be Used by 2008 Season DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 20, 2006) -- The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) today announced that a special unleaded fuel has ...

NASCAR Partnership with EPA and Sunoco Succeeds
Unleaded Fuel to be Used by 2008 Season

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 20, 2006) -- The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) today announced that a special unleaded fuel has been developed and will be used by the start of the 2008 season as a result of its partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its fuel supplier, Sunoco.

"We've been back and forth to the drawing board for several years to find an unleaded fuel that is compatible with NASCAR engines. NASCAR congratulates Sunoco and is proud of the progress it made on developing a fuel that works in NASCAR engines," said Gary Nelson, NASCAR's vice president of research and development.

NASCAR tested a number of possible alternative fuels in recent years, but none that didn't cause engine problems. NASCAR tested an unleaded product in its NASCAR Busch Series in the late 1990s. However, the tests were unsatisfactory and required the sanctioning body to conduct further research. Other fuel solutions were incompatible and led to engine failure.

NASCAR began testing the current unleaded fuel, Sunoco 260 GTX, last fall at its Research & Development Center in Concord, N.C. The fuel will be used in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

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