Brazilian Ethanol Producers at the Indy Grand Prix in Sonoma, California

August 21, 2009

SAO PAULO, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ — Brazil’s largest organization
representing its ethanol industry and the official fuel supplier for this Indy
Racing League season will be represented at this weekend’s Indy Grand Prix of
Sonoma at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California, by its Institutional and
Government Relations Executive, Leticia Phillips. In its fuel supply
agreement with the IRL, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA)
stipulates that at least half the ethanol used in Indy races must be homegrown
in the United States.

“We’re proud to be the official fuel supplier, and we saw this as an
opportunity to promote the fact that Brazil and the United States, as the top
two ethanol producers in the world, are constantly working together to promote
the use of this clean, renewable biofuel in more and more countries around the
world, particularly throughout the Americas,” said Phillips.

According to UNICA, the Indy Racing League, which has used ethanol for the
past three seasons, offers a prime example of the type of performance that is
possible with the use of higher octane ethanol. “Indy drivers often say the
difference in performance is quite noticeable. And the fact that the cars use
a blend of U.S. corn and Brazilian sugarcane ethanol has symbolic value for
our efforts to promote the production and use of ethanol beyond Brazil and the
United States
,” adds Phillips.

The state of California is implementing a first-of-its-kind low carbon
fuel standard, which will affect all fuels sold in the state, and Brazil’s
sugarcane ethanol is expected to play a key role in its implementation. Cane
ethanol has been assessed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as the
liquid fuel with the lowest carbon intensity available today

UNICA’s fuel supply agreement with Indy complements the association’s
existing global promotional project with Apex-Brasil, the Brazilian federal
government’s export promotion agency. The project is designed to promote
Brazilian sugarcane ethanol around the world as a clean, renewable fuel. Apex-
Brasil is also an official sponsor of the Indy Racing League.


The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) represents the top
producers of sugar and ethanol in the country’s South-Central region,
especially the state of Sao Paulo, which accounts for about 50% of the
country’s sugarcane harvest and 60% of total ethanol production. UNICA
develops position papers, statistics and specific research in support of
Brazil’s sugar, ethanol and bioelectricity sectors. In 2008, Brazil produced
an estimated 565 million metric tons of sugarcane, which yielded 31.3 million
tons of sugar and 25.7 billion liters (6.8 billion gallons) of ethanol, making
it the number one sugarcane grower and sugar producer in the world and the
second-largest ethanol producer on the planet, behind the United States.

    CDN Corporate Communications - Sao Paulo, Brazil
    Rosa Webster - (5511) 3643-2707 - rosa.webster@cdn.com.br
    Mariane dos Santos - (5511) 3643-2730 - mariane.santos@cdn.com.br

    On location at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California:
    Jaime Florez - (305) 510-1316

SOURCE Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA)

Source: newswire

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