JOLIET, Ill. — Blue Bird Corporation and ROUSH CleanTech will serve as the primary sponsors for the reigning NASCAR Nationwide champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and his No. 6 team during the Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway this Saturday.
“It is always great to have a new sponsor come into the sport,” said Stenhouse. “Blue Bird has such a rich history. I remember riding a Blue Bird bus when I was a kid. The partnership that Blue Bird and ROUSH CleanTech have formed to provide clean emissions for the environment shows the class of these two organizations. The bright yellow Ford Mustang will definitely stand out on the track. Hopefully we can get them into victory lane for their NASCAR debut.”
Since 2010 Blue Bird and ROUSH CleanTech have partnered to provide school bus fleets a clean, economical and reliable alternative to transport their students safely with propane autogas. School districts across the nation, including Hall County, Georgia; Houston Independent School District; Mesa Public Schools, Arizona; Portland Public Schools, Ore.; and Tippecanoe School Corporation in Indiana fuel with propane autogas.
“We are excited to partner with Blue Bird, the leading provider of safe and clean student transportation solutions, yet again—this time to sponsor Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s No. 6 Nationwide series Ford” said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing at ROUSH CleanTech. “These safe, reliable Blue Bird school buses equipped with the ROUSH CleanTech liquid propane autogas fuel system reduce emissions and virtually eliminate particulate matter, when compared conventional fuels. By sponsoring the defending champ’s car, we hope to elevate the awareness of the many environmental and economic benefits of propane autogas.”
Propane autogas costs up to 50 percent less per gallon than diesel and offers reduced maintenance expenses due to its clean-burning properties. Ninety percent of the nation’s propane supply is produced domestically, making it a secure energy source. Noise levels are decreased when compared to diesel counterparts, giving propane autogas school bus drivers fewer distractions.
“As the only school bus manufacturer to provide complete alternative fuel solutions, Blue Bird is delighted to partner with a leading automotive innovator such as ROUSH CleanTech for this exciting race,” said Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird Corporation. “Blue Bird is thrilled to sponsor Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. as he looks to continue his winning success.”