Indianapolis, IN (Wednesday, June 5, 2013) - KV Racing Technology is proud to announce Sunoco as the primary sponsor of the 2013 Indianapolis 500 Champion Tony Kanaan's No. 11 car for this weekend's Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway. Sunoco will also be the primary sponsor on Kanaan's car at three other races this season: the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway on June 23, the Pocono INDYCAR 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 30, and the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Aug. 4.
"I am very proud and happy that Sunoco will be my primary sponsor for four upcoming races- Texas, Iowa, Pocono and Mid-Ohio," Kanaan said. "Sunoco has a long heritage in Indy car racing beginning in the late 1960's and is a proven winner. I look forward to my association with them and will hopefully get them to victory circle starting in Texas. Along with Sunoco, "Turbo" will be riding along with me in those events. My son Leo will be excited to see that, and I am very proud to be associated with what is sure to be a very special movie."
Sunoco, the official fuel partner of the IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights, has a long history of success winning their first Indianapolis 500 in 1972 with Penske Racing driver Mark Donohue. Cynthia Archer, Vice President of Marketing and Development for Sunoco is thrilled to be partnering with the latest Indianapolis 500 winner. "We are thrilled with our partnership," she said. "Teaming up with DreamWorks Animation and 2013 Indianapolis 500 champ Tony Kanaan is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
"Sunoco's commitment to the sport of Indy car racing continues to be significant and impactful, and enriches open-wheel racing as its involvement spreads across venues, series and teams," said Greg Gruning, Executive Vice President of Business Development, INDYCAR. "And by leveraging its association with the upcoming DreamWorks feature film 'Turbo,' Sunoco provides the perfect activation platform to bring the excitement surrounding the film's release directly to the fans at the racetrack."
Jimmy Vasser, KV Racing Technology co-owner, is excited to have famous blue and gold Sunoco logo on board the No 11 car. "We're very excited to be representing Sunoco in four upcoming races," he said. "Sunoco has a great history with Indy car racing and KV Racing is happy to now be part of that. We're equally excited to help launch the movie "Turbo"; I'm sure my nephews will get a kick out of it. It looks like it's going to be a fun movie and I think it will help introduce our sport to a whole new generation of fans."
DreamWorks' animated movie "Turbo" will premier July 9th in New York City and open in movie theaters across the country on July 17.
Kanaan, one of the most successful drivers in IndyCar history, returns this weekend to Texas Motor Speedway. Kanaan's victory at TMS was one of three he scored on his way to the IndyCar Series championship in 2004. See if Kanaan can score back-to-back oval victories and claim his 2nd victory at the famed Texas Motor Speedway when the Firestone 550 airs live on ABC Saturday, June 8th at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Today, Sunoco is an Official Fuel Partner of INDYCAR and Firestone Indy Lights. We supply 100 percent fuel-grade ethanol to INDYCAR in partnership with UNICA (the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association), fueling great drivers toward victory and promoting ethanol as an alternative fuel of the future in the United States.
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About KV Racing Technology
KV Racing Technology was founded in January 2003 and joined the IndyCar Series in 2008. The Indianapolis based team is owned by successful venture capitalist Kevin Kalkhoven and 1996 CART IndyCar World Series Champion Jimmy Vasser, with Indian industrialist Imran Safiulla joining the team this season as a partner. For more information about KV Racing Technology visit: www.kvracingtechnology.com or follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/kvracing and Facebook: www.facebook.com/kvracingtechnology
About SH Racing
Founded in 2010, SH is led by Principal James "Sulli" Sullivan. In its Third year, SH expands with a full season alliance with KV Racing Technology in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sunoco is part of the Energy Transfer family of companies. Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE: ETP) is a New York Stock Exchange traded partnership owning and operating a diversified portfolio of energy assets.
Sunoco is an Official Fuel Partner of INDYCAR and Firestone Indy Lights. They market their brand of gasoline through 4,900 retail outlets in 24 states stretching from Maine to Florida and west to Indiana and Louisiana; operating approximately 600 APlus convenience stores. For more information on Sunoco, please visit http://www.gosunoco.com/.