Gov. Doyle: to Showcase Ethanol-fueled IndySeries Race Car with Indy Racing League Representatives

Governor Doyle will meet with the Indy Racing League’s (IRL) Team Ethanol driver Jeff Simmons, along with IRL and Milwaukee Mile representatives to showcase IndyCar Series’ commitment to ethanol-based fuel tomorrow, Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. at the East Washington entrance to the State Capitol. 

The Governor is partnering with the Milwaukee Mile and IRL’s Team Ethanol to recognize ethanol’s versatility as a clean-burning, American-made renewable energy source.  Ethanol is capable of powering 650-horsepower, high performance race cars, as well as everyday sedans, minivans and SUVs.

The IRL Series is racing this Sunday, July 23, 2006 at the Milwaukee Mile in the ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225.  The Milwaukee Mile is the oldest operating motor speedway in the country.

Jeff Simmons and Team Ethanol race for 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner and racing legend Bobby Rahal and CBS Late Show host and racing enthusiast David Letterman.

At Governor Doyle’s direction, state government has taken a leadership role in the use of ethanol-based fuels, those which combine traditional gasoline with at least 10 percent ethanol.  In March, the Governor launched the Promoting Our Wisconsin Energy Resources (POWER) Initiative to promote energy independence by promoting renewable fuels like ethanol and attract more E-85 pumps to Wisconsin. 

                          WHERE:  State Capitol

                                          East Washington Avenue Entrance

                                  WHEN:   Thursday, July 20, 2006
                                                  3:00 p.m.