Sunoco inks 10-year sponsorship agreement with NHRA

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The National Hot Rod Association is set to receive a big boost starting next year when major fuel company Sunoco gets on board as an official sponsor of North America’s top drag racing organization.

Already heavily involved in both NASCAR and IndyCar, Sunoco will become the official racing fuel of the NHRA as part of the 10-year agreement.

Additionally – and just as important – Sunoco will carry out a broad activation plan that includes television spots, additional digital presence, and on-site and consumer/retail promotions.

“The fuel supplier is one of the most integral partnerships that a racing sanctioning body can have,” NHRA president Tom Compton said in a statement. “We’ve had great partners in the past, however, Sunoco not only will provide our racers quality products but our companies will be great marketing partners to increase awareness of NHRA drag racing and the Sunoco brand.”

“Motorsports and the manufacturing of performance fuels are in Sunoco’s DNA,” Sunoco president/CEO Bob Owens added. “Our partnership with the NHRA represents our dedication to performance at the highest levels of racing and will carry over to the fuels that consumers put in their street vehicles.”

Sunoco will serve as the exclusive on-site gasoline and nitromethane supplier for all NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national events.

Its gasoline will also be the spec racing gasoline for the Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle categories at national events, as well as for Competition Eliminator categories both nationally and in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

“Partnering with the NHRA is another step forward in our goal to bring Sunoco performance fuels to every level of racing, from grassroots drivers and riders to drivers competing in all premiere professional series,” Sunoco GM of performance products/automotive events Rob Marro said.

“Our commitment to our partners within the sport, along with our promise to produce and manufacture only the highest quality product, has allowed us to fuel hundreds of sanctioning bodies, local tracks and engine builders for the past five decades.”

MRTI: Juncos signs Carlos Cunha for Pro Mazda campaign

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Juncos Racing continued to bolster its entries in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires by signing Carlos Cunha to pilot a third Juncos Pro Mazda entry for 2018. Cunha, who finished third in the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season on the back of seven podium finishes, joins Rinus VeeKay and Robert Megennis in Juncos’ Pro Mazda lineup for 2018.

Cunha previously tested with the team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in October and joined Juncos for the Chris Griffis Memorial test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in November, testing cars for both the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires teams.

“It’s great to become a part of Juncos Racing,” said the 18-year-old Cunha. “I am really excited to start the 2018 season with Juncos Racing. This fall we did some testing together and from there I was able to see how focused everyone on the team is and I even felt like I became a part of their family in no time. I am confident we will get great results together next year and I look forward to learning and growing more with the team. It will be a huge pleasure and also a great responsibility to carry the number one on my car, thanks to (2017 Pro Mazda champion Victor Franzoni) and I hope to deliver it back to the team at the end of the year!”

Team owner Ricardo Juncos added, “We are excited to add Carlos to our Pro Mazda lineup. From the moment we started testing with him in early October, we knew he would be a great fit for our team. Carlos has been very quick in testing and even had an impressive showing in the Indy Lights car at the Chris Griffis test back in October. He had a great run this past season in the Pro Mazda series and we are confident he will carry that momentum into the 2018 season.”

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