NASCAR: ENEOS expands Xfinity Series sponsorship for Kyle Larson, No. 42 team

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ENEOS, the synthetic oil brand of Japan’s JX Nippon Oil & Energy, will expand its partnership with the No. 42 NASCAR Xfinity Series program of HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi.

Sprint Cup rookie of the year Kyle Larson will drive the ENEOS Chevrolet Camaro in eight NXS events this season, including the Feb. 21 season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

The ENEOS colors will also be on the car at Atlanta, Fontana, Charlotte (spring), Bristol (summer), Chicagoland, Dover (fall), and Phoenix (fall).

Additionally, as part of the expanded deal, ENEOS becomes a full-time associate sponsor for the No. 42 team and Larson’s World of Outlaws team, Larson Marks Racing.

“We are very excited to continue our partnership with ENEOS for the 2015 season,” Chip Ganassi Racing president Steve Lauletta said in a statement. “Additionally, it will be great to have a Japanese company continue a partnership with Kyle Larson, the only current driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series with a Japanese heritage.

“We feel like the partnership in NASCAR will help continue build the ENEOS brand amongst current race fans and further expand NASCAR to a new group of fans.”

Larson competed in 28 NXS races last year and won twice at Fontana and Charlotte. The latter race was also the first race in ENEOS’ sponsorship of the No. 42 team.