Patented Spill-Proof Design is DOT, EPA and CARB Certified
SAN ANTONIO, TX – VP Racing Fuels today introduced VP SureCan®, a gas can designed with truly innovative spill-proof technology. Featuring a rotating nozzle and thumb release trigger, VP SureCan allows the flow of fuel to dispense from the bottom of the can so gravity does all the work. It precludes the need to bend over, tip your can or get gas on your hands ever again! It’s self-venting, has a comfortable grip and its durable design carries a 1-year warranty.
“VP SureCan’s patented flexible rotating spout and thumb trigger and locking system make this the safest, most convenient gas can on the market,” said Bruce Hendel, VP’s Director of Sales-Consumer Products. “The fill cap and spout cap are both child-proof and the materials used in the design are extremely durable. VP SureCan has been certified by the DOT, EPA, Canada UL and the California Air Resources Board.”
Trackside Fuel Service To Be Provided for October Mega-Event
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Promoter Randy Folk today introduced VP Racing Fuels as the Official Fuel of The Million Dollar Drag Race scheduled October 19-22 at Montgomery Raceway Park in Montgomery, Alabama. As part of its sponsorship, VP will provide trackside fuel service throughout the event.
Celebrating its 22nd consecutive year, The Million offers racers across the country an opportunity to compete for life-changing payouts. The annual event often pays in excess of $300,000, making The Million home of the largest payday in drag racing history! Through the efforts of Folk and his daughter, Jennifer, The Million Dollar Drag Race has shown continued growth over the last two decades and keeps drivers, fans, and sponsors alike returning year after year. The race now features more than 300 entries in the prestigious main Million event, and over 600 racers competing in the three companion races, which pay $25,000 as the top prize each day.
Sportsman Ace Notches 100th NHRA Victory Powered by VP’s C12™
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Dan Fletcher became just the third NHRA racer to earn 100 national event victories when he recently claimed the Super Street title at the Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals. With the win, Fletcher joins John Force (148 wins) and Frank Manzo (105) as the only drivers in history to hit the century mark. In assessing his achievement, Fletcher singled out VP Racing Fuels as a recurring theme through each of his wins.
“I’ve used VP Racing Fuels exclusively for over 20 years,” said Fletcher. “Simply put, the proven power and consistency of the product is what it takes to get the job done. Every Dan Fletcher Racing vehicle runs on VP C12, and every Wally on the shelf has been fueled by VP. I demand the best and so should any racer who competes to win.”
Program Promotes Career-Tech Education for Disconnected Youth
SAN ANTONIO, TX – VP Racing Fuels today announced its support for Prime Motivation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping disconnected youth stay in school and focus on future personal and career oriented goals. As Official Fuel, VP will help support events staged by Prime Motivation on high school campuses to showcase customized vehicles with the latest aftermarket and high-tech products and gadgets. The vehicles facilitate discussion of the work and skills needed to customize the vehicles and associated career opportunities in the Automotive Industry. Teens can participate in hands-on workshops, educational seminars, and demonstrations that cover topics such as mobile electronics, manufacturing, research & development, auto body, and more.
“The objective of Prime Motivation is to reduce the number of out-of-school, out-of-work youths by providing them with the opportunity to look, touch, hear and see the tour vehicles and the products installed in them,” said Donato Bonaquisto, Director of Marketing for VP Racing Fuels. “It’s a fun, innovative, interactive strategy which promotes a positive message to motivate youths to further their education and seek vocational training as a possible career path to help lead them towards a path of self-sufficiency, and we’re proud to be a part of it.”
Former Long-Time Employee to Support VP-South Region
SAN ANTONIO, TX – VP Racing Fuels, Inc., today welcomed the return of Tommy Chapman as an Independent Sales Representative in support of VP-South, a region that encompasses Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. Chapman will be responsible for developing and servicing customer accounts while also providing technical consulting on race fuels and VP’s StayWet™ track conditioner. He’ll also be involved in activating VP’s marketing and promotional programs.
Having spent 18 years earlier in his career with VP, Chapman brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new position according to Mark Ticen, VP’s Director of Race Fuel Sales. “Tommy will be a great asset for us given that he’s been embedded in the motorsports scene for nearly 60 years and knows virtually everyone who’s raced on a track or built an engine for competition.”
APC Auto Parts Centres to Stock VP’s Full Product Line
SAN ANTONIO, TX – VP Racing Fuels, Inc. today announced an agreement with London, Ontario-based CANUSA Automotive Warehousing, Inc. to stock VP’s full line of products in CANUSA’s chain of APC Auto Parts Centre stores. There are 45 APC stores in south and central Ontario, each of which will carry VP Racing Fuels®, VP Small Engine Fuels, VP Madditives® and VP Motorsport Containers®.
“We’re excited about our new partnership with APC Auto Parts. VP has been well-established in Ontario for many years but APC will complement our existing distribution channels and allow us to reach a new base of customers,” said Tim Hogue, Eastern Regional Manager-Race Fuel Sales for VP Racing Fuels. “This agreement serves to strengthen our relationship with APC, building on our sponsorship of the APC Late Model Series, for which VP is the Official Spec Fuel.”
Chris Wall To Take Reins Of VP’s Retail Branding Program
SAN ANTONIO, TX – VP Racing Fuels® today announced the appointment of Donato Bonacquisto as Director of Marketing. In that position, Bonacquisto will be responsible for advertising, sponsorships, event management and public relations in support of all VP business divisions including Race Fuel, Branding and Consumer Products. “Donato brings a wealth of experience in the marketing, automotive and motorsports industries and we’re confident he’ll hit the ground running to continue the rapid pace of growth we’ve established here at VP,” said Alan Cerwick, President of VP Racing Fuels.
Bonacquisto comes to VP from Hankook Tire America where, as Motorsports and Events Manager, he promoted the Hankook Tire brand in the U.S. market across a mix of professional and amateur motorsports initiatives and top-level events in the consumer, aftermarket and commercial sectors. Prior to that, he held management positions at multiple NASCAR Cup Series teams in both marketing and business development capacities, in addition to tenures with JHE Production Group managing elements of the Sprint title sponsorship with NASCAR and SPEED Channel as Event Marketing Manager. Bonacquisto has also held roles in the automotive industry producing media/press launches at APEX Performance and managing luxury brands including Ferrari, Maserati, Porsche, Aston Martin and Bentley.