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NASCAR driver and commentator appeared with Sen. Sullivan
State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace promoted the use of E-15 fuels during a Wednesday visit to the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.
“E-15 is a high-performance fuel, and I know a little about high performance,” Wallace said. “More people should have the chance to buy fuel that helps Illinois’ largest industry: agriculture.”
E-15 is a blended biofuel made up of 85% gasoline and 15% ethanol. E-15 is available at some gas stations in Illinois but is less common than the 10% ethanol blend sold across the state.
“The more ethanol we put into our gas, the more money we put into Illinois’ farm economy. By expanding the use of E-15 we promote agriculture, help the environment with lower emissions and reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” Sullivan said.
NASCAR has exclusively used E-15 fuel during practice, qualification and races since 2011. NASCAR switched to E-15 to lower emissions and promote the use of biofuels.
A 2013 study reported that – since switching to E-15 – NASCAR’s viewers were 40% more likely to support the expansion of ethanol fuels and 50% more likely to use ethanol blends in their own vehicles. The switch to E-15 also reduced on-track emissions by 20%.
Since his first NASCAR race in 1988, Kenny Wallace has 900 starts, 9 Nationwide Series wins and three Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver awards.