NCRA: Team Ethanol Knoxville Nationals preview

Team Ethanol's Steve King Heads To Knoxville Raceway For Sprint Car Nationals With Ethanol-Blended Fuel 2-Time NCRA Champion To Race To Compete In Sprint Car Racing's Indy 500 KNOXVILLE, Iowa (Aug. 9, 2006) -- Steve King is ready to show ...

Team Ethanol's Steve King Heads To Knoxville Raceway For Sprint Car Nationals With Ethanol-Blended Fuel

2-Time NCRA Champion To Race To Compete In Sprint Car Racing's Indy 500

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (Aug. 9, 2006) -- Steve King is ready to show that ethanol-blended fuel can run with the best sprint car drivers and cars in world when the Kansas competitor brings his Team Ethanol Maxim sprinter to the legendary Knoxville Raceway dirt half-mile oval for the Super Clean Knoxville Nationals this weekend.

King, the two-time NCRA 360 sprint car champion from Jetmore, Kansas, is set to compete in Sprint Car Racing's "Indy 500" with his No. 88 Team Ethanol machine in effort to show that a ten per cent blend of corn-based ethanol fuel can produce a winning combination.

King's mount runs a similar fuel to that currently in the IRL IndyCar Series with ninety percent methanol and ten percent ethanol and King knows the ethanol-enriched fuel has proved to be powerful and economic.

"With the added ethanol fuel to our current methanol mix, we are able to get better fuel economy in our races,' said King, who is a farmer during the week and a racer on the weekends. "The better mileage in the main events means we can use a lighter fuel load and many times that can be an advantage. In addition, the ethanol is good for the environment and helps the farming community. So the ethanol fuel is great for racing, the emissions and the economy. Being a farmer, the ethanol blend is good for our family business too."

The Knoxville Nationals is the biggest event of the year for King and he also is in a battle for the NCRA Sprint Car title, a championship he won in 2002 and 2003. He currently ranks second in the NCRA standings.

"We have had some tough luck lately with the No. 88 Team Ethanol King Racing car," said King. "We have been in position to win main events this year and little things have kept us for getting to the winner's circle. We have been working hard on the engines for the 360 (c.i) and 410 (c.i) races at Knoxville. Knoxville is the Indy 500 of sprint car racing and every driver wants to do well at those events. It is no different for me. Putting in a strong effort in those races would make our season successful and also help us continue our chase for the NCRA title."

King also is on the national ethanol bandwagon in 2006 as the renewable fuel has been in the national news much of the 2006 racing campaign.

"Just like Jeff Simmons and Rahal Letterman Racing are showing in the IndyCar Series this year, we, at King Racing, want to show how ethanol is a great performance fuel and can be a good fuel for the every passenger car too," said King. "The President talked about how ethanol is a great fuel for the future. And we are showing how the fuel can work on the track and on the street."

King's Knoxville schedule begins on Wednesday night (Aug. 9) with the qualifying races.

-credit: team ethanol

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