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Racing News: Champion Offers Off-Road Racing Contingency Program; Motul Named Official Oil of Trans Am Series

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Champion Oil Offers a Contingency Program for Off-Road Racing

Champion recently announced a Racing Contingency Program specifically for Off-Road Competition and Racing in North America.

The 2021 Champion Off-Road Competition and Racing Contingency Program includes: NORRA, GNCC, NORRS, CHAMP OFF-ROAD, Best in The Desert, CORR, SCORE, TORC, MAORA, World Series of Off-Road, Bonneville Off-Road, MORE, SNORE, Baja, King of the Hammers, Mint 400, UTV World Championship, AXCC, WORCS, plus other regional and national short-course, desert-type, rock-climbing, or hill-climbing events.

Champion’s 2021 contingency program supports race teams with cash pay-out awards. Racing teams and racers can apply for the Champion Racing Oil Contingency Program now through June 30.

PPG Announces Team Penske 2021 Sponsorship, Race Schedule

PPG Sponsorship
Scott McLaughlin will drive the No. 3 PPG Dallara/Chevrolet for
10 INDYCAR SERIES events during the season.

PPG announced that it is continuing its long-standing support of Team Penske by serving as a primary sponsor for numerous races throughout the 2021 season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The sponsorship marks PPG and Team Penske’s 37th year of working together, making it one of the longest-tenured partnerships in motorsports.

PPG again will be the primary sponsor of Austin Cindric’s No. 22 Ford Mustang in four NXS races, while Scott McLaughlin will drive the No. 3 PPG Dallara/Chevrolet for 10 INDYCAR SERIES events during the season.  

"We are excited about the newest racing opportunity in our partnership, as PPG teams up with the No. 3 team and Scott for his first full season competing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES," said Roger Penske.

McLaughlin’s newly designed vehicle weighs only 1,650 pounds (748 kilograms), including driver weight, and features a 2.2L twin-turbo V6 engine capable of producing a top speed of 240 miles per hour (386 kilometers per hour).

Justin Ashley Racing Adds The Daily Crave Sponsorship

Justin Ashley
Justin Ashley.

Continuing to expand his marketing program with healthy and on-trend brands, Justin Ashley Racing announced an associate sponsorship with California-based snack company, The Daily Crave. Beginning at the 52nd annual NHRA Gatornationals Ashley’s Strutmasters.com/Auto Shocker Top Fuel dragster will also feature The Daily Crave branding from a variety of their products.

The new marketing partner adds to Ashley’s growing list of sponsors as the second year driver makes a run at his first NHRA Top Fuel championship.

Ashley was instrumental in connecting The Daily Crave with current partner Menards, who will begin carrying various products throughout their 350 locations. Ashley will promote The Daily Crave products at events and on his popular social media channels.

Motul Named Official Motor Oil of the Trans Am Series

Trans Am Series
Motul has been named the Official Motor Oil of the Trans Am
Series.

Motul joined the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli in a long-term partnership as the “Official Motor Oil” of the series. The partnership with Trans Am will grow Motul’s global programs that focus on sportscars and road racing.

Motul currently supports teams in international competitions such as: 24 Hours of Le Mans, Best in the Desert, FIA World Endurance Championship, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Super GT, Formula Drift, World of Outlaws, Pikes Peak, Dakar, MotoGP, World Superbike, World MX, FIM Endurance World Championship, IOM TT, among others.

The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli kicks off its 2021 season with Motul at Sebring International Raceway as part of the Sebring SpeedTour February 19-21.

GEARWRENCH to Sponsor Mother-Daughter Racing Team’s ARCA Menards Series West Journey

BMI Racing
Bridget (left) and Sarah Burgess.

GEARWRENCH announced that the company is the official sponsor of Bridget Burgess and the BMI Racing team. Bridget, 19, has been driving ARCA West since 2019 with her mom Sarah Burgess, a former short-course off-road racer, as crew chief. Bridget's passion for everything that goes into driving—building, tuning, and repairing cars to deliver peak performance—was inspired by her mother.

It is that passion that made GEARWRENCH's 2021 ARCA Menards Series West sponsorship an easy decision for the company.

“They’re just relentless,” said Rena Fiorello, Director of Brand Management for GEARWRENCH. “The intensity that they bring is contagious and it makes them easy to root for, easy to get behind. We’re really looking forward to watching Bridget grow as a driver and helping her every step of the way.”

The upcoming nine-race ARCA Menards Series West season starts on March 12 and runs through November 11.