Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 10/26/14

ANKENY, Iowa  -  In the race against global warming, you could say NASCAR driver Todd Peck leads the pack.

Yesterday in Newton, Iowa, he filled up his team’s race hauler with a 15 percent blend of biodiesel (B15) as part of his commitment to lead the greenest team in NASCAR.

Peck Motorsports makes its first start of the season this weekend in the NASCAR Camping Word Truck Series at the Iowa Speedway on July 14.  Peck filled up with B15 at Love’s Travel Center, but has used up to 50 percent biodiesel at other stops.

“Peck Motorsports is dedicated to be environmentally clean leaders in NASCAR,” said Peck.  “Fueling our team transporter full of biodiesel has been a part of that process.  We can’t thank the Iowa Biodiesel Board enough for joining our efforts in Iowa this race weekend in making our journey as ‘green’ as possible.”

Based in Pennsylvania, Peck Motorsports, with help from Renewable Engineered Systems, has outfitted its race hauler with solar panels on the roof, which power the newly installed LED lights and equipment.  The team’s goal is to drive to and from races using biodiesel blends.  They currently have a partnership with Keystone BioFuels to provide biodiesel at the team’s race shop.

“We commend Peck Motorsports for taking the initiative to use biodiesel, and would be thrilled to see more NASCAR teams follow suit,” said Randy Olson, executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board.  “NASCAR’s popularity as a spectator sport presents a great opportunity to raise public awareness on biodiesel, and I’m proud that Iowa biodiesel is helping to kick off this team’s racing series.”  

Area fans came to the event to learn about biodiesel and meet Todd Peck, who signed autographs.  

Biodiesel is a renewable fuel made from agricultural byproducts and co-products, such as soybean oil.  It reduces dependence on foreign oil.  The industry exceeded 1 billion gallons of production nationwide in 2011, a record year.  Iowa is the leading biodiesel producing state and supports green jobs statewide.  For more about Iowa biodiesel, visit www.IowaBiodiesel.org.

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