Clean Engine.
Clean Air.
Clean Fuel

American Ethanol and Ignite Racing Fuel have partnered with the simple goal of promoting clean fuel, clean engines and clean air. Together we strive to bring high performance, cleaner burning fuels to all forms of competitive racing, and to educate the public on the benefits that ethanol provides for our vehicles and the environment. American Ethanol and Ignite Racing Fuel is a partnership built on winning. Both strive to increase performance, and endeavor to create the best possible fuel while being mindful of a healthy environment. These days you will always see ethanol in victory lane, but we want to bring it to the masses.

About Ignite Racing Fuel

Ignite Racing Fuel is a high performance ethanol fuel that boosts torque and horsepower for drivers across a wide range of racing disciplines. From boating to drag racing or drifting, and everything in between, Ignite Racing Fuel boasts a lineup of champion drivers. Since Ignite Racing Fuel is made from ethanol, it also shares many of the same benefits of the American Ethanol that is on track to power NASCAR to 10 million miles of green racing this year.

Series Partners

Formula Drift

Formula Drift is a professional drifting championship series. Having grown from its inaugural season in 2004, Formula Drift currently has more than 80 licensed drivers competing in the series. The majority of the competitions take place in the United States, but the series also holds competitions in Canada and as far away as Japan. American Ethanol and Ignite Racing fuel proudly  sponsor a number of top drivers within the Formula Drift series, including, Michael Essa, Alec Hohnadell, Kyle Mohan and Justin Pawlak. 

Global Time Attack

Global Time Arrack originated in Japan, and has since migrated to the United States. The series is comprised of leaders in the tuner, time attack and traditional motorsports fields. Global Time Attack strives to present motorsports in an exciting and engaging manner to elevate the profile of the racing community at large. The series holds events at many road courses across the country. American Ethanol sponsors Global Time Attack, and many competitors in the series run ethanol in their cars.  

Shift-S3ctor

Shift-S3ctor was founded in 2011, and functions as an automotive event organizer. They were the first group to bring dedicated side-by-side roll racing events to the West Coast of the United States. They are innovators within their field, creating the “Airstrip Attack,” a series of half mile drag events at airstrips in California, Colorado and Oregon. The Airstrip Attack series has helped popularize half mile events within the sport. Shift-S3ctor specializes in organizing and hosting high speed, high horsepower racing events throughout the country. A multitude of cars participate in Shift-S3ctor events from Camaros to Lamborghinis, and many of the fastest drivers choose to fuel up with American Ethanol. 

StreetCar Takeover

StreetCar Takeover is motorsport tour that runs throughout the year across the country. The tour consists of multiple events, spanning from 1/4 and 1/8 mile drag strip events to car shows and exhibitions. The series encompasses nearly every make and model including exotics, imports and domestics, while also including truck and street bike events. Ethanol has become the fuel of choice in street car racing, and American Ethanol will be sponsoring this series and hosting our own large event, the American Ethanol Nationals in Kearney, NE on July 30, 2016. 

Power Boating

American Ethanol and Ignite Racing Fuel work with powerboat racers in a variety of boating racing series including, the Offshore Powerboat Association (OPA), American Powerboat Association (APBA), Offshore Super Series (OSS), and Superboat International (SBI). Despite negative false information being spread publicly about the adverse effects of ethanol in marine engines, American Ethanol is becoming the fuel of choice in powerboat racing. Last year, the American Ethanol team tied the piston powered engine world record of 208 mph on the water. This year we have added additional boats and will be competing in the offshore series. 

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Driver and Partner Profiles

Don Onken

Captain -- American Ethanol Mystic Powerboat

Don Onken

Captain -- American Ethanol Mystic Powerboat

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Don Onken is the owner of Onkens Inc and Onkens American Recyclers Inc, which manufacture equipment used in the grease and oil collection, storage, and recycling industry.  He is the previous owner of Oil Filter Recyclers Inc, the largest recycler of used oil filters in the country.

With more than 20 patents to his name, Don’s greatest asset is his innovative thinking.  He believes that it isn’t good enough to be a success; he wants to do it in a way that no one else has thought of.

This innovative thinking helped to earn him Top Gun honors at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in 2015 in the Unlimited Class.  His 51 foot Mystic powered by dual V-16 engines, an Onken design, made a pass at 208 mph, which tied the all-time record for the fastest piston powered boat at the Shootout.  The engines are powered by E90 ethanol.

Having grown up on a farm in central Illinois, and still farming to this day, Onken believes in supporting the ethanol industry.  

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Keith Holmes

Captain -- American Ethanol Cat, Owner and President CK Motorsports

Keith Holmes

Captain -- American Ethanol Cat, Owner and President CK Motorsports

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Keith Holmes is the captain of the American Ethanol Cat Unlimited Extreme Class Catamaran, and has extensive experience racing in multiple boat categories an associations. He has throttled and driven boats in the Offshore Powerboat Association (OPA), American Powerboat Association (APBA), Offshore Super Series (OSS) and Superboat International (SBI) series. Holmes has had much success in the offshore power boat racing world, with more than 24 years of racing experience, over 150 races and 83 victories. In 2015, he outfitted his American Ethanol Cat to run on Ignite Racing Fuel’s 114 ethanol blend, recognizing the benefits of cleaner fuel and cleaner water. He also attributes the power gains and engine longevity that he has achieved from switching to ethanol since it burns cleaner and cooler than conventional gasoline.

In addition to offshore racing, Holmes is also the owner and operator of CK Motorsports, located on the west coast of Michigan. In this capacity, he has 28 years of marine engine experience as a Certified Mercury Marine Technician. CK Motorsports is a premier certified dealer for many leading boat manufacturers, and he and his crew service, repair and upgrade 400-500 boats a year. Holmes uses his platform as both a racer and a technician to be a vocal advocate of ethanol in the boating industry. Stay up to date with Keith’s exploits out on the water on Facebook (Cat Can Do Racing) and Twitter/Instagram (@catcandoracing). 

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Dave Jenkins

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Dave “DJ” Jenkins has over 20 years of racing experience including Kart racing, Motocross, Class I desert cars and currently the Lucas Oil Off Road Pro-Lite series. Dave races a small block Ford 347ci V8 that runs Ignite Racing Fuel American Ethanol, and is a vocal supporter of ethanol fuel for its performance and environmental benefits. Off road desert racing has strict rules and regulations that drivers must have “catch cans” to avoid gasoline spillage leaking into the ground, but Dave does not have to worry about that because his ethanol fuel is biodegradable and earth-friendly. Follow DJ on Instagram (@djrracing) to stay up to date on his off road racing career. 

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Kyle Mohan

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Speed, adventure, and noise have always been on Mohan’s radar since his childhood days when he was winning national radio control car championships. He later picked up a guitar and a career on stage apĀ­peared to be in the cards until he discovered an obscure Japanese motorsport called drifting. Almost immediately, a Mazda RX-7 appeared in the Mohan family driveway, beginning a longtime affair not only with the Mazda brand but with drifting.

Mohan established Kyle Mohan Racing in 2007 after two frustrating seasons competing in Formula Drift with other teams. Competing against large factory-owned teams, Mohan’s team has achieved much success on a modest budget, and he has established himself as a threat to Formula Drift’s powerhouse teams.  Mohan has enjoyed tremendous success in his driving career, including two victories in the Formula Drift Long Beach Team Drift competition and a Redline Time Attack championship.

 

Mohan now competes in the GT-Radial / Mazdatrix Mazda MX-5 in Formula Drift, and is a highly sought-after builder of Mazda rotary engines. His engines can be found in customer cars around the world.

A musician and artist in his spare time, Mohan lives in Long Beach, California with his wife Adrienne. 

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Justin Pawlak

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Justin Pawlak

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Justin T. Pawlak, or “JTP” as he is commonly known, began his racing career as a high schooler when he built his first competitive race car. Justin began his drift career in 2005, succeeding in JustDrift and the Formula D Pro-Am, where he earned his Formula D license. In 2008 he campaigned for the Formula Drift Championship series, where he has since become a consistent top 7 performer.

Pawlak studied automotive technology at the Universal Technical Institute, and takes a hands-on approach to his driving career. He does his own mechanical work, fabrication and suspension designs, and has phenomenal insight into the intricacies of engine performance. He campaigns the 2016 season in a ROUSH Performance Supercharged Mustang that he built with his crew at Hot Line Performance, where he runs Ignite Racing Fuel American Ethanol in his nearly 1,000 horsepower engine. Keep up with Justin on Twitter (@JTPawlak), Instagram (@justinpawlak13) and Facebook (JTP Justin Pawlak).  

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Alec Hohnadell

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Alec Hohnadell began racing at 4 years old. He started off racing Motocross for 10 years, winning multiple Tri-State Championships and competing nationally. Always looking for the next acing opportunity, Hohnadell changed course and began racing Jet Ski’s in the APBA, ISJBA and UWP series at the age of 13. His career on the water was extremely successful, as he became the youngest professional Jet Ski racer at the age of 14, and went on to win 7 national championships and 1 world championship. Alec eventually gave up racing Jet Ski’s due to injuries.

Currently, Hohnadell is entering his third year of driving in the Formula Drift series. In just his second full year of competition, he finished in the top 10 for the overall standings and finished as high as second place in individual events. Alec runs American Ethanol Ignite Racing Fuel in his Formula Drift car, built by Enjuku Racing and Get Nuts Lab. Follow Alec on Instagram (@AlecHohnadell) and on Facebook (Alec Hohnadell) for pictures of his brand new car and insight into his racing career. 

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Michael Essa

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Michael Essa began racing at age 17 and immediately knew he wanted to dedicate his life to the sport. From that moment on, he has focused on the machine and the track, building a solid foundation to create a legacy in global motorsports. Michael is an accomplished driver, having won the Formula Drift Championship in 2013. Michael is a vocal proponent of ethanol and runs it in his Formula Drift car.

In addition to his driving accomplishments, Essa is also involved in the technical side of high performance auto maintenance. He opened Essa Autosport in 2001, where he supplies custom fabrication, specialized maintenance, optimization and management of privately owned Porsche & BMW racecars and streetcars. He and his expert team maintain an average of 50 cars annually and are significant players on the P.O.C. and P.C.A. circuits. He has held positions as Crew Chief and Lead Tech Inspector building and developing his talent from the ground up. Essa not only worships racing but also supports the community by offering driving instruction for both Porsche racers and drift drivers. He can be found most weekends at a racetrack perfecting his own driving skills and surveying the track. Be sure to follow Michael Essa on Twitter and Instagram (@michaelessa) and like his Facebook page (Michael Essa) to keep up with his accomplishments on the track and in the garage. 

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Jay Berry

Owner and Founder

Jay Berry

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Jay Berry is a farmer from Swayzee Indiana. He started Central Indiana Ethanol (CIE) in 2002 at the age of 22, and has been very active in the Agriculture & Ethanol industry.  CIE started construction in mid-2005 and was completed in 2007. After getting CIE up and running, Berry worked with retailers to facilitate the installation of E85 pumps in the state of Indiana.  

In 2008 Berry created Ignite Racing Fuel, with the goal and purpose of giving racers and auto enthusiasts with high performance engines a higher grade of ethanol fuel product. Ignite’s first customers were in the dirt track racing circuit, but since then, Ignite has grown as a racing fuel supplier to power the fastest boats and cars in the world with high performance fuel ethanol.

Ignite does not only supply racing fuel, but also focuses on promoting the ethanol industry, dispelling myths about ethanol’s performance, and proving that ethanol is the best fuel on the market. Jay and his team work with and supply a broad spectrum of racing disciplines including, tractor pullers, drag racers, road racers, drift drivers, boat teams, airplanes racers and dirt track teams. The Ignite family has won several different national championships going up against drivers running conventional racing gasoline. As a farmer, Jay feels strongly that it is important to promote ethanol not only for its on-track performance, but because it is keeping the agricultural community alive and well and benefits our environment. Keep an eye on Ignite’s Facebook page (Ignite Racing Fuel) and Twitter/Instagram (@igniteracingfuel) for all things racing and ethanol related.  

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