Sunoco's relationship with INDYCAR goes back to 1968 in Riverside, California, when Mark Donohue drove the No. 12 Sunoco Eagle for Penske Racing. That same team of Penske, Donohue and Sunoco won its first Indianapolis 500 four years later.
Sunoco will continue as the official fuel of INDYCAR in 2015 and beyond. In addition, Sunoco will maintain its support of INDYCAR's young stars as title sponsor of both the Sunoco Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year and the Verizon IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year awards.
The Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Award has been presented to some of the greatest names in the history of the sport, including Parnelli Jones, Mario Andretti, Rick Mears, Tony Stewart, Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart. The 2015 award announcement is scheduled for Monday, May 25, during the Indianapolis 500 Victory Awards Celebration at IMS.
The Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award in the Verizon IndyCar Series is presented at the end of the season to the top rookie in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings.
"We're pleased to be able to strengthen our partnership with Sunoco by announcing the brand as the official fuel of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "Sunoco is a natural fit with INDYCAR and IMS, as they not only provide a world-class product to our competitors, but they also have a strong heritage in motorsports as well. The Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year has long been a coveted honor that first-year drivers chase, so to have a company with a proven track record sponsor the award is truly fitting."
"We are thrilled to extend our relationship with INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and to share our passion for this sport with its tremendous fans," said Cynthia Archer, executive vice-president and chief marketing officer for Sunoco, Inc. "INDYCAR is one of the most demanding and competitive racing series in the world, and we are proud that these drivers and teams trust the quality and performance of our race fuels to take them to the checkered flag."