"By showcasing the capabilities of E85 ethanol before an audience of knowledgeable and technically astute race fans, we can demonstrate the benefits of a renewable fuel that helps to reduce dependence on petroleum"

This year's Indy 500 race will be memorable, whether the race itself will be is not a deciding factor. GM will take the opportunity to show two special Corvettes, one to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Corvette Indy Pace Car, and the other is a E85 capable Corvette Z06 race car.

"By showcasing the capabilities of E85 ethanol before an audience of knowledgeable and technically astute race fans, we can demonstrate the benefits of a renewable fuel that helps to reduce dependence on petroleum, helps to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, and helps to create greater diversity in energy supplies," Chevrolet general manager Ed Peper said. "Of course, performance is what counts in racing, so E85 ethanol's higher octane rating than gasoline wasn't overlooked by the Corvette Racing engineers."

The USA already counts as many as 2,5 million E85 capable cars on its roads, and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) has now adopted E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) as its fuel of choice. Last year Corvette aready raced using E10 fuel and is ready for E85 fuel with its 100% ethanol capable engines. "Our preparation for the change to E85 in 2008 basically comes down to recalibrating the engines.” said Steve Wesoloski, GM Road Racing Group manager.

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