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Speedway named official fuel and convenience store for IndyCar

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On Tuesday, IndyCar announced that Speedway LLC will become the official fuel and official convenience store of the IndyCar series, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the Indy 500 beginning in 2019.

Headquartered in Enon, Ohio, Speedway – a subsidiary of Marathon Oil – is the nation’s second largest company-owned and -operated convenience store chain. They currently operate nearly 4,000 stores in 35 states.

“Speedway has a large national footprint along with the desire to establish a partnership with the IndyCar Series and its many events reaching millions of consumers,” said Mark Miles in a press release. Miles is the CEO of Hulman & Company, which owns INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“Speedway also has a broad reach within the region, ensuring a shared interest in leveraging the Indianapolis 500 as a central element of its retail promotion during the month of May,” Miles continued. “We believe this will be a beneficial relationship for Speedway, IndyCarand all of our race promoters.”

As part of their relationship with IndyCar, Speedway will provide the fuel that powers every race in the series.

“We are excited about this partnership with IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” said Tony Kenney, president of Speedway. “The Indianapolis 500 itself is one of the premier events in the world of motorsports, and Speedway has a strong brand presence in the INDYCAR race markets, so our relationship will be very complementary. The IndyCar Series is a great way to showcase Speedway’s brand and quality fuel offerings, including the fuel that will power the race cars at each event.”

IMSA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: Why Sebring is so special to Bobby Rahal

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Bobby Rahal has driven in some of the biggest races in the world, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 Hours and, of course, winning the Indianapolis 500 as a driver in 1986 and in 2004 as a team owner.

But winning the 12 Hours of Sebring two years in a row (1987 and 1988), Rahal feels, is right up there in terms of his greatest accomplishments as a race car driver.

As IMSA celebrates its 50th anniversary, Rahal reflected on what racing at Sebring International Raceway has meant to him:

“To me, Sebring is the ultimate endurance race. Not as long as Daytona or Le Mans, but the demands put on a car and driver at Sebring are highly unusual.

“My father raced at Sebring in the late 60’s. To win that race two years in a row really meant something to me.

“While we’ve won a lot of other races, we’ve won just about everywhere, you name it. But for me personally, winning at Sebring those two years in a row was very special.”

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