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Indianapolis 500 runs on Sugarcane Ethanol: Fuel Discount Today 85 Cents Off for 85 Minutes

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Indianapolis, IN – Indianapolis motorists are invited to fill up for less today at McClure Oil located at 4945 W 71st St, Indianapolis. From 1:30 p.m. to 2:55 p.m., an 85 cents per gallon* discount is being offered on E85 and regular gas, thanks to a promotion by the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) to increase U.S. awareness of sugarcane ethanol as an environmentally friendly fuel. UNICA provides 100 percent fuel-grade ethanol for the IZOD IndyCar Series.

In addition to the 85 cents per gallon discount, drivers can also enter to win one of ten $50 fuel cards, see an IndyCar up close and meet Firestone Indy Lights drivers. The first 20 participants will receive two tickets to the Indy 500 Miller Lite Carb Day on Friday, May 28.

“UNICA is excited to be here in Indianapolis, celebrating Indy 500 and ethanol. We’re here with IndyCar to promote ethanol use in hopes that the more people are aware of the benefits of ethanol, the more they will use it,” said Leticia Phillips, UNICA spokesperson. She also commented on the use of ethanol in Brazil saying, “Flex-Fuel Vehicles now make up 90 percent of new car sales in Brazil.

Drivers have the option of using ethanol or gasoline, based on the pricing that particular day. Over the last 30 years, Brazil has replaced half of its gasoline needs.”

The discount event is made possible by UNICA’s partnership with Apex-Brasil – the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency. Apex-Brasil is the Official Energy and Trade Partner of the IZOD IndyCar Series as well as the Firestone Indy Lights.

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* Limit: 15 gallons per vehicle

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