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Fall 2016

NASCAR’s Biggest Fan: Emily Skor

Going Full Throttle

Wife. Mother. Energy Exec.

with Ethanol

Make a Difference With E15

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CONTENTS Full Throttle



Lessons from Victory Lane Southern Women’s Show





Winter Driving

Make a Difference With E15


Priming the Pump

Angling for Ethanol

Recipe Corner


Ready to Fly


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Meet NASCAR’s Newest Superfan:

Emily Skor

When you’re a parent, you strive to make the best decisions for your kids, from what they eat to the school they attend. For Emily Skor, a business executive, mother of two and NASCAR®’s newest fan, those decisions also include making smart choices at the fuel pump.

A: NASCAR is as American as apple pie. The rebel spirit

“Before I became a NASCAR fan, I didn’t think my choice of fuel really made a difference,” said Skor, the new CEO of Growth Energy. “Now I do. And my children know that Mom’s job is choosing ethanol and making sure the air is cleaner for them to breathe.” NASCAR is a proud supporter of American Ethanol, notes Skor, who attended her first NASCAR race at the Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania this year. She’s bringing a fresh perspective as she reintroduces American consumers to ethanol and promotes the next generation of biofuels.

Q. In your opinion, what makes NASCAR such a unique part of American culture?

inherent in the sport reflects an energy that’s part of our nation’s cultural history. NASCAR is such an accessible and relatable sport because it showcases the power and performance that drive Americans’ love for their cars. Some of us get behind the wheel and imagine we’re a race car driver. Others want to be that care-free twenty year old on an open road with nothing but life’s dreams and American countryside ahead of us. NASCAR taps into that psyche in the most wonderful way.

Q. What do you wish consumers, especially mothers like yourself, knew about ethanol? A: The choices you make each time you fuel up your

vehicle matter. NASCAR teams have been using E15 (a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline) since 2011 with great results, but I’m even more impressed that ethanol is good for the well-being of my son Dominic, 6, and daughter, India, 8. Ethanol is replacing

Emily Skor speaks with Brent Dewer, NASCAR COO, at Pocono Raceway.



toxic additives that have been linked to cancer, asthma and smog, keeping my family healthy. Ethanol also keeps our vehicle running smoothly when we drive to the lake for the weekend, plus it helps us save money at the pump. It’s also reducing America’s reliance on fossil fuels from hostile nations in the Middle East, which gives me greater peace of mind about my family’s safety.

Q. What have you appreciated about the partnership between American Ethanol and NASCAR? A: NASCAR and ethanol are American

success stories. There’s a tremendous amount of innovation driving NASCAR, and that includes ethanol. In the past five years, NASCAR drivers have logged nearly 10 million miles with E15, a higher biofuel blend. Both drivers and crews have noted an increase in engine performance attributed to ethanol. This cleaner-burning fuel is also helping NASCAR go green; American Ethanol has helped NASCAR reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent in recent years. It’s great to see NASCAR showcase the many benefits of ethanol.

Q. What excites you about the future of ethanol? A: Everything! Ethanol is truly a 21st

century fuel for 21st century vehicles. Ethanol’s value as the next generation of fuel to power our lives, protect our families and clean our air cannot be overstated. I believe parents will change their purchasing habits when they hear that ethanol reduces the need for toxic gasoline additives that have been linked to cancer, asthma, smog and groundwater contamination. Millennials will consider buying higher blends when they understand ethanol cuts greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 34 percent compared to conventional gasoline and even greener options are on the way. I’m also excited that American Ethanol and NASCAR are a winning team. Both are among America’s most dynamic, forward-looking industries, and they are good for our country, our families and our future. FALL 2016

FACT: To help meet standards set by the Clean Air Act, some states and metropolitan areas require an ethanol blend because it significantly reduces tailpipe emissions.

NASCAR’s Austin Dillon, Emily Skor, and Richard Childress pose for a picture at the Pocono race.

Growth Energy’s New CEO is on a Roll The people and passion that drive the ethanol industry inspire Emily Skor, who brings a diverse array of critical skills to her new role as CEO of Growth Energy. “It’s a joy to work with Growth Energy, its members and strategic partners like NASCAR who are advancing proven fuel technologies that are better for the environment and automobile engines,” said Skor, a Minnesota native and Wellesley College graduate who lives in Washington, D.C. with her family. Skor most recently served as the vice president of communications of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA). At CHPA, Skor oversaw public affairs campaigns, integrating strategic communications into legislative campaigns and coordinating ally development. Before joining CHPA in February 2011, Skor served as senior vice president at Dezenhall Resources, a nationally-recognized crisis communications and issues management firm. For more than a decade, she helped Fortune 500 companies and industry associations manage issues affecting brand confidence and corporate reputation through media, advocacy, coalition building and consumer education campaigns. Skor looks forward to using her skills to benefit the ethanol industry. “I’m thrilled to be part of this effort to take Growth Energy to the next level,” she said.


Wake County Commissioner Caroline Sullivan, At-large Raleigh City Councilor Mary Ann Baldwin and Sheetz Executive Vice President of Petroleum Supply Mike Lorenz “cut the ribbon” on the Pink Out program to donate two cents to breast cancer research for every gallon of E15 pumped into customers’ cars. The event occurred at a Sheetz station on Millbrook Green Drive in Raleigh, N.C.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH E15 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Growth Energy partners with retailers every year to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer organizations. This year, Growth Energy and its retail partners will be donating two cents to a breast cancer organization for every gallon of clean burning E15 sold at participating retailers. Because ethanol replaces toxic chemicals that have been proven to cause cancer, asthma, groundwater contamination and smog, it has already helped in the fight against cancer in tangible ways. We can all do our part this October on behalf of mothers, daughters and families everywhere. Look for the pink nozzle during the month of October at your local Minnoco, Protec, Murphy USA or Sheetz store to support breast cancer awareness and the search for a cure! What you put in your car matters. Choose E15 to make a difference and save money at the pump. Rick Bohnen, owner of the Minnoco station on Penn Avenue in Minneapolis.




Without ethanol in the fuel supply, we are left with more toxic alternatives, which have been proven to cause smog and cancer.

This month and every month, consider what you put in your tank. Ethanol: • Cuts greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 34 percent compared to gasoline • Burns cleaner and cooler than oil, which helps keep our air clean • Consumers save an average of $.50 to $1.50 per gallon

Paige Donnely of Novozymes fills the gas tank of the Zymobile, a flex fuel vehicle owned by Novozymes at the Pink Out ribbon cutting.

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Angling for



On the Tournament Trail, every top angler

has one thing in common—and it isn’t bait. It’s fuel. In fact, 100 percent of our fishing champions use the same blend of 10 percent ethanol (E10) that powers nearly every car in the U.S. These competitors are tough. They take pride in using the best products available. And not one has ever reported anything but satisfaction with ethanol-blended gasoline.

man health and marine life. And because it has a high oxygen content, ethanol displaces toxic additives like MTBE, an oil derivative with an ongoing legacy of groundwater contamination. Just recently, ExxonMobil was forced to pay $30 million to Charlton, Massachusetts, where MTBE contaminated water supplies for the local elementary school and other sites.

Ethanol So, lawmakers can be forgiven for their surprise when the oil industry claims renewable fuels are a threat to small engines and boaters. The truth is ethanol blends are ideal for watercraft, and companies like Kawasaki®, Mercury® Marine, OMC, Pleasurecraft®, Tracker®, Honda® and Yamaha all approve the use of E10 in their machines. The same is true in the racing community. The National Boat Racing Association exclusively uses E10 for all their races. Other serious power boaters use blends up to E90, because ethanol provides a massive octane boost that burns clean and cool. According to Keith Holmes, president and owner of CK Motorsports, the introduction of ethanol blends has helped extend the life of many engine parts by 25 to 50 percent. Of course, better engine performance is just one reason to support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which pushes oil companies to give renewable fuels a place in America’s energy mix. Many boaters put a high premium on freedom, and the RFS is vital to breaking America’s dependence on foreign oil. Every truckload of ethanol displaces more than 60 barrels of imported oil from politically unstable regions, and that keeps more money in American hands. For many sportsmen, however, having better choices at the fuel pump is all about protecting lakes, rivers and other recreational waterways. Ethanol helps reduce the pollutants fossil fuels leave behind, preserving huFALL 2016

by Brian Sowers co-host of Crappie Masters TV

Ethanol blends are ideal for watercraft, from engine performance to eco-friendly energy

The RFS has also been the single most successful tool for combating carbon emissions. On average, corn ethanol reduces CO2 emissions by 34 percent and advanced biofuels can reduce emissions by 100 percent or more, compared to gasoline, according to Argonne National Lab. No other policy provides a better pathway toward cleaning up our liquid transportation fuels, just as no other climate policy offers a better way to provide consumers with more affordable energy options. Like many people, I hope to take my grandkids fishing and pass along my love of a great American pastime. That requires smart choices by today’s generation to protect our air and water. The RFS is a vital part of that bipartisan effort. Today, most U.S. gasoline is a 10 percent blend of clean, renewable biofuel. With strong support from policymakers, that share will continue to grow.



As expected, the Obama administration recently proposed modest 2017 blending targets for ethanol and of our gasoline supply advanced biofuels. Now is the time now contains for lawmakers and sportsmen alike to ethanol. let the administration know that America must stay committed to achieving higher blends of clean-burning, homegrown fuel. Let’s call on them to get it right. Editor’s note: Brian Sowers is co-host of Crappie Masters TV, covering the Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail based in Clinton, Missouri. This article was reprinted with permission from Bass Angler Magazine.


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Keith Holmes had heard all the misinformation about ethanol. It creates sludge. It gums up engines. It corrodes metal and destroys hoses. When he did his own research, however, he was shocked by the truth.

lenge people on ethanol myths.” A certified Mercury racing technician for nearly 30 years, Holmes knows what he’s talking about. He and his crew service nearly 600 boats a year and have seen it all—including the many benefits of ethanol.

E10 is a safe, reliable fueling option for both marine engines and automobiles. “Now I just laugh at those horror stories,” said Holmes, a champion power boat racer who owns CK Motorsports in Nunica, Michigan. “In fact, I brag about ethanol and chal-


“Ethanol is a lot cleaner than gasoline,” said Holmes, who has completed hundreds of hours of specialized training through Mercury University. “Ethanol isn’t smelly, smoky, oily or messy, plus it keeps engines’ internal components very clean.”

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success as a power boat racer. Holmes runs twin 1,700-horsepower engines in his boat. Several years ago he convinced his engine builder, Sterling Performance, to switch to ethanol. “Ethanol delivers 100 percent on power,” said Holmes, the owner and throttleman of the Cat Can Do Racing Team. “It’s amazing how far it puts us out in front of the competition.” Not only has ethanol boosted Holmes’ engines by almost 200 horsepower, but it propelled him to a fierce 186 miles per hour this year in Lake of the Ozarks Lake Race. His wins are also convincing other teams to take a new look at ethanol. In a recent competition, Holmes estimated a 10 percent increase in the number of ethanol-powered speed boats. “The majority of these boats won their classes, too,” added Holmes, who has been competing for 27 years. FALL 2016

FACT: Ethanol displaces chemicals in gasoline that when burned form potent carcinogens—the same ones found in cigarette smoke—so we can all breathe easier.

Ethanol also performs well with older boats. Holmes has a 1972 Magnum Marine power boat that he fuels with E10 (a 10 percent ethanol blend). “This boat has seen it all and has never had any issues with bad fuel lines or anything else from ethanol,” he said. This doesn’t surprise Holmes, who has conducted his own experiments to bust ethanol myths once and for all. “In my shop, I’ve had hoses and other components sitting in buckets of 90 percent ethanol for two years. There’s no corrosion or decomposition on these things.” Holmes was proud to promote ethanol when he raced in September’s Super Boat National Championships. He looks forward to doing it again in other major upcoming competitions. “With today’s technology, the old myths about ethanol don’t make sense. We’re walking the walk with ethanol, and our racing results are opening a lot of eyes.”


E E L L T T T T G O G O L L N R N R I O I O H H O N O N T T A G A G L L L H H L T T U E E F FUT H H T I I W W by Richard Childress, guest columnist

As the NASCAR season winds down, one of our country’s most successful and clean biofuels—ethanol— has taken center stage as the fuel of choice for NASCAR drivers and teams. And for everyday drivers in North Carolina, this year marks the first season the ethanol blend that powers NASCAR’s finest will be more widely available for fill-ups at gas stations around the state.

As a former driver, team owner of Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and firm believer in the importance of moving America forward with cleaner renewable fuels, I could not be more excited to see E15—gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol—here to stay in our state. RCR takes pride in the performance details of our racecars. NASCAR switched to Sunoco® Green E15 in 2011, and since the switch, we have seen increased horsepower from the higher-octane ethanol fuel blend, decreased emissions and an overall cooler-running engine. Our engineers at RCR and ECR Engines have even tested ethanol blends up to 30 percent, finding no issues. This fuel is the most thoroughly tested fuel on the market, giving our mechanics and engineers an added level of confidence. NASCAR has demonstrated that E15 is a reliable, high-performance fuel that can withstand the toughest driving conditions. It burns cleaner and cooler, making it better for car engines and the environment by improving performance while lowering emissions. As NASCAR hits the 10-million-mile mark this year using E15, our cars continue to reap the benefits, without any engine maintenance issues. A fuel that keeps engines running strong under the harsh conditions of a NASCAR race is sure to do the same for family cars used to shuttle kids to soccer practice. No one understands this better than our RCR mechanics, who trust E15 in their own cars, as well as our racecars. And now, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, North Carolina drivers will be able to take advantage of these benefits at nearly


200 new ethanol-blender pumps that will soon be at gas stations across the state. Approximately nine out of 10 cars on the road today are set to run on higher blends of gasoline with ethanol, so these advantages are likely available to you. The benefits of E15 don’t stop with improved engine performance. The reality is that plain old gasoline doesn’t work well in modern engines, so additives are needed to increase octane levels. Ethanol is the cleanest, healthiest way to accomplish this, as alternatives have been found to increase harmful emissions. Because it burns cleaner than gasoline, ethanol significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy has found that emissions can be cut by a third thanks to ethanol. By using E15, North Carolina drivers will be improving the quality of the air, something everyone can breathe easier about. At RCR, we are proud of our connection to the ethanol industry and all of the good it is doing for our country. I look forward to this America-made fuel choice becoming more available to regular, everyday drivers. Once you make the step up from E10 to E15, you are sure to see the benefits in your own vehicles.


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Audra Fordin on Ethanol:

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Audra Fordin champions ethanol. Dubbed “a budding Martha Stewart in a work shirt” by New York Daily News, Fordin emphasizes there are no engine issues with ethanol. “Ethanol is a fuel that’s good for vehicles.”

Confessions of an Auto Mechanic:

Prepare Now for Winter Driving As the days grow shorter, don’t let cold temperatures wreak havoc on your vehicle—or your safety. Just ask Audra Fordin, who owns Great Bear Auto Repair and Auto Body in New York City. “You don’t need to be a mechanic to be observant,” said Fordin, the first woman to run this fourth-generation family business in Queens dating back to 1933. “Many common-sense practices will help keep you safe on the road.” As you prepare for the next big chill, follow Fordin’s six simple tips: 1. Pay attention to your tires. Your tire’s tread helps grip the road and prevents your vehicle from losing traction, especially on wet or icy roads. “Even wet leaves can act like ice,” Fordin said. A tire’s tread gradually wears away. Federal tire standards require tread wear bars. If your tires are worn down to the tire wear indicators, it can take you much longer to stop on slick roads. You may be at a higher risk of hydroplaning too, which can lead to an accident. Find your tire wear bar. If it’s flush with the tread, it’s time to replace the tire. “You walk by your vehicle before getting in. Take a minute to check the tires,” Fordin said. “They are your first line of defense on the road.” 2. Check your battery. Batteries work extra hard in the heat of summer and cold of winter. They don’t last forever. Most last four to six years, depending on


conditions. Know how old your battery is, and watch for corrosion on top. 3. Get unstuck with floor mats. If you get stuck in the snow, take out your vehicle’s floor mats and place them behind the tires. “Floor mats have grips, can give you traction and they’re always with you,” Fordin said. 4. Check the fluids. Coolant maintains the temperature of the engine and transmission. It breaks down over time, however, and creates a “plaque” build-up in the engine. Service your vehicle regularly to keep it running smoothly. 5. Pack a winter survival kit. Always have a blanket and water in the vehicle. Also, make sure your winter survival kit includes jumper cables, one of the most frequently borrowed items in America. 6. Do your due diligence. Scan the owner’s manual to learn manufacturer recommendations for your vehicle’s safety and dependability. “Recalls, however, are not in the owner’s manual,” said Fordin, who advises checking on these regularly. Log onto www.safercar. gov and enter your vehicle identification number (VIN) to see if recalls have been issued for your vehicle. For more car-care tips from Fordin, visit


Postcard from Charlotte:

Southern Women’s Show

Growth Energy hosted a happy hour with young professionals in the Charlotte area to discuss biofuels and the benefits of higher ethanol blends.

Iowa farmer and TV star from “The Bachelor” and “Dancing with the Stars,” Chris Soules, along with fourth generation mechanic and founder of, Audra Fordin, joined Growth Energy and Novozymes in Charlotte to educate North Carolinians on the benefits of biofuels. Soules and Fordin kicked off the weekend with a series of media interviews and meetings with key community millennials and female bloggers, leading up to the big event at the Southern Women’s Show. Growth Energy had a strong presence at the 34th annual, female-targeted lifestyle show attracting thousands of women from across the state. Soules and Fordin educated women about ethanol and debunked misperceptions many of them had about E15. They highlighted the move by Sheetz stores to give North Carolina drivers more choices at the pump with E15 starting on September 16. This industry event was a first for the ethanol Audra Fordin speaks to industry and a great milestone for attendees at the Southern Growth Energy as we expand our Women’s Show about outreach to engage consumers. ethanol’s benefits.

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PRIMING THE PUMP: Moms and More Drive E15’s “Cult Following” When it’s time to fuel your vehicle, how much thought do you put into the decision? Tammy Maire, a working mother of three from Cambridge, Iowa, prefers higher blends of ethanol. “I choose ethanol, because I care about the environment,” said Maire, who commutes many miles to her job in downtown Des Moines. “This choice is also for my kids.” It helps that local retailers like Kum & Go® offer a selection of ethanol blends. With more than 400 stores in 11 Midwestern states, the Kum & Go convenience store chain has 75 stores that offer E15 (a fuel blend with 15 percent ethanol). “Consumer preference drives the products we carry,” said Jim Pirolli, vice president of fuels for Kum & Go, serving more than 500,000 consumers daily. “A cult following for E15 has sprung up as people find out that E15 offers the

same or better fuel economy and costs less.” Kum & Go began offering E15 in 2015, although the chain has carried E10 for more than 40 years. Drivers can also opt for E85. “It’s all about customer choices,” said Pirolli, who added that Kum & Go is installing pumps that dispense higher ethanol blends at new and existing stores.

NASCAR showcases E15

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American Ethanol the Magazine - Issue 1