San Antonio, TX – VP Racing Fuels, Inc., today announced they have been named the exclusive fuel provider of the Thursday Thunder Legends Racing Series presented by Papa John’s Pizza and the O’Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags series at the famed oval track in Hampton, Georgia.
“VP has been a part of motorsports for a long time,” said Ken Ragan, AMS Legends Director. “A lot of our competitors choose to race with VP Racing Fuels from our Rookie Bandoleros all the way up to our Legends Pro Division, our elite group of top racers.”
In addition, VP has been named the official sponsor of the Pro Division in the Thursday Thunder series. The partnership will provide the Legend and Bandolero drivers, along with the top local drag racers with quality, top-of-the-line VP fuels throughout the season. These fuels will be sold on-site to competitors of both Thursday and Friday night events. Entering its 21st season this year, Thursday Thunder has produced drivers of the highest caliber that compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, including David Ragan, Austin Dillon, Joey Logano, and Bubba Wallace.
San Antonio, TX – VP Racing Fuels, Inc., today announced they have reached an agreement with Big Country Raceway in Abilene to continue as the Official Fuel of the NHRA sanctioned 1/8th-mile dragstrip.
“We are happy to have renewed our track agreement for the 2018 season,” said Brad Horton, VP’s Regional Sales Manager. “It is always a pleasure to work with Sterling Robertson as he operates a well-run facility in the Big Country area of Texas. This is our 6th year with Sterling and we are excited to have him on board with VP once again.”
Big Country Raceway, formerly Abilene Dragstrip, is located just west of Abilene, Texas on Interstate 20. They are centrally located in west Texas, approximately 180 miles west of Fort Worth and are a full-service racing facility that caters to sponsors, the drag racing participant and fans. Big Country features excellent covered seating, state-of-the-art timing equipment, paved parking, lighting and on-site VP fuel sales along with other amenities.
“VP is proud to extend our partnership with Don O’Neal to 2019,” said Bruce Hendel, VP’s Vice President, North America Sales – Race Fuels & Consumer Products. “Exciting things are always happening at VP but at its core, working with great people who happen to be great racers that share our passion for winning is what we’re all about.”
O’Neal, whose grandfather fought in the Korean War and whose father fought in Vietnam, enlisted in the Army as a helicopter mechanic and retired as a Sergeant First Class in 2013. By coincidence, Freddie Turza, VP’s Technical Manager, was a helicopter mechanic while serving in the U.S. Marines further illustrating VP’s appreciation for America’s Armed Forces and for working with passionate people who like to make things fly either in the air or on the race track.
San Antonio, TX – VP Racing Fuels, Inc., today announced they have been named the Official Fuel of the Mid-West Pro Mod Racing Series. The all 1/8-mile drag racing series competes in events in Oklahoma, Kentucky, Missouri, Kansas, and Texas.
“At VP we’ve always strived to have the best fuels out there and when you look at these racers in the Mid-West Pro Mod Series, especially the nitrous Pro Mods, these racers need top-grade fuels in order to run right and go fast,” said Jason Rueckert, VP Racing Fuels Midwest Regional Manager. “These high-profile relationships also allow us to promote our brand to enthusiasts and general consumers. The products we have for them were built with the same dedication and attention to quality and performance as our race fuel products.”
In addition to providing a full menu of race fuels for series competitors, VP’s Lane Choice™ traction compound is used by a large number of series tracks to provide the racing surface needed for the high horsepower Pro Mods.
“It doesn’t matter whether it’s nitrous like my cars or blowers or turbos, these engines can be pretty finicky and anything you can do to make them more predictable will only help,” said series owner and competitor Keith Haney. “Having a company like VP Racing Fuels, with all their research and testing behind them, come on board as our official fuel supplier will help everyone to be more consistent with their tune-ups. And in drag racing consistency is everything.”
For more information about VP and its products for consumers, enthusiasts, and racers visit vpracingfuels.com.
“I grew up watching racers like Pat Musi and Frank Manzo,” said Freddie Turza, VP Racing Fuels Technical Manager. “Getting to work with them at their shops and at the track is a great opportunity. I know my knowledge and experience can be helpful to them and that’s one of the many advantages VP can offer customers that our competition can’t.” In addition to technical support VP participates in the NHRA Pro Mod Contingency Award Program.
Pro Mod team owners and drivers created the RPM association to preserve and promote the future of this type of drag racing, where suspended door race cars with more than 3,000 horsepower, travel the quarter mile in under six seconds and at speeds exceeding 250 MPH.
“Rockingham has an ongoing 37-year streak as the host of at least one major national drag racing championship,” offered Nick Fontana, VP Racing Fuels Operations Manager – South, “We’ve been their fuel of choice for what will be twelve years with this agreement. They put on a great show and Steve Earwood continues to strive to make the track even better every year.”
Rockingham Dragway is in its fifth decade of operation as a upper echelon American drag racing facility, one that for all but three years since 1969 has hosted at least one major event under the sanction of either the now defunct American Hot Rod Association, the International Hot Rod Association or the National Hot Rod Association.
Coleman has extensive sales & marketing experience with the international brands STP and Armor All and most recently as Brand Manager for Bridgestone. “Between their winning back to back Isle of Man TT’s with Michael Dunlop or their technical partnership with M Sport I’m joining VP at a very exciting time,” Coleman commented. “With its winning range of fuels, additives and accessories, VP has a lot to offer and I’m looking forward to promoting the brand throughout Europe. It’s a real pleasure to continue my work in the motorsport fuels industry.”
“Adding Peter to the VP’s International team will certainly be an asset,” Marc Wesler, VP Racing Fuels International Sales Manager stated. “His professional experiences, combined with his enthusiasm for racing and the VP brand, will be a big win for VP and our EU customer base. We look forward to future growth across the European market.”
VP is the official fuel of Santa Pod Raceway, The Irish Drift Championships, The British Drift Championships, and the EDRS European Drag Racing Series.