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By Andrew Cutler
January 21 2011

In 2007, the IndyCar Series became the first major motorsports series to use ethanol as it's fuel of choice. For the first two years the ethanol supplied via an agreement with the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC), a consortium of US ethanol producers, and was corn-based.  

After the end of the 2008 season, EPIC informed INDYCAR that they no longer wished to continue their relationship with the series, and so a deal was reached with the Brazilian Sugercane Industry Association (UNICA), to secure a supply of sugarcane-based ethanol through the APEX - Brasil trade association. The lone exception to this deal is the annual race at Iowa Speedway, where US-made corn ethanol is still used.

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