ETHANOL-POWERED INDYCAR SERIES CAR MAKES HISTORY DURING MILLER LITE CARB DAY ACTIVITIES INDIANAPOLIS, IND., FRIDAY, May 27, 2005 -- Jimmy Kite, replacement driver of the No. 91 Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone entry in the ...
ETHANOL-POWERED INDYCAR SERIES CAR MAKES HISTORY DURING MILLER LITE CARB DAY ACTIVITIES
INDIANAPOLIS, IND., FRIDAY, May 27, 2005 -- Jimmy Kite, replacement driver of the No. 91 Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone entry in the Indianapolis 500, today made history as he drove an Ethanol-powered IndyCar for the first time in over 50 years during Miller Lite Carb Day Activities at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kite, who is substituting for injured driver Paul Dana, drove the Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing Dallara fueled with a 50/50 ethanol and methanol blend.
During the 10-lap demo, Kite got the car up to speeds over 220 mph. The last time a car competed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway running on ethanol was 1927 with driver Leon Duray. "It was exciting to be a part of this historic moment in IRL history. It was great that we could show people today that this car can run strong and get up to speed."
The IndyCar Series has announced that it will switch to ethanol as its fuel source beginning with a 10% blend in 2006 and moving to 100% fuel-grade Ethanol in 2007.
"It was a fantastic and historic day for the league. Everything went as well as we expected and we look forward to getting the Ethanol-powered car into the series next season," said Ken Ungar, Senior Vice President for business affairs, Indy Racing League.
Kite will make his fifth Indianapolis 500 start on Sunday in the 32nd position on the starting grid. Dana was injured during practice on May 13, fracturing two vertebrae in a crash, but has been trackside throughout the month helping the team and was present during this historic moment.
"It is gratifying to see this program finally come to life after three years," Dana said. "Over 30 Ethanol industry companies have joined forces to get to where we are today and I want to thank them as well as the IRL staff for putting this together. The car went over 220 mph, so we know the fuel works and it is going to be great to see all 33 cars running on Ethanol in 2007."
Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing is backed by a group of companies within the fast- growing ethanol industry, led by the major Ethanol design-build firms Fagen Inc., ICM Inc., and Broin Companies. Ethanol is a high octane, high performance fuel that is clean burning, renewable and made in America. As a growing component of the United States' gasoline supply, it delivers improved vehicle performance while reducing emissions and improving air quality.
The team's 2005 roster of supporting partners under the ethanol banner was announced earlier this week and includes nearly 30 equipment and process technology vendors and suppliers to the Ethanol industry. To learn more about the Ethanol industry and how ethanol can be used in the passenger car you are driving today visit www.drivingethanol.org. Team and driver information are available at www.hemelgarnracing.com and www.pauldana.com. Remy International, Inc. and Life Fitness are associate sponsors for the #91 Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing entry.
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