Lucas Oil Products, an industry leader in lubricants and fuel treatments, has acquired the naming rights to the NHRA-owned and operated multi-purpose auto racing facility located just west of Indianapolis, officials from the world's largest motorsports sanctioning organization announced during a press conference at the American Automobile Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association banquet.
The multiyear track entitlement agreement gives Lucas Oil Products naming rights to the legendary facility, host of the famed Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil, the world's most prestigious drag race, and the Kroger SpeedFest, which showcases NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series races as well as USAC and ARCA Series races during a single weekend.
Selected as one of the world's top 12 "Shrines to Speed" by RACER Magazine, Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis thrives as one of the busiest auto racing venues in the United States and features a world-class drag strip, .686-mile asphalt oval and a 2.5-mile road course.
"We are extremely proud of the relationship we have developed with Lucas Oil Products over the years and are pleased to see the company expand its involvement with NHRA through this very important track entitlement," said Tom Compton, president, NHRA. "As the host of the prestigious Mac Tools U.S. Nationals and Kroger SpeedFest along with many other key auto racing events, Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis is already recognized as one of the most tradition-rich and versatile multi-use motorsports facilities in the world."
"We feel that it is very important for Lucas Oil Products to have major involvement with one of the nation's busiest auto racing facilities that happens to operate right in our own backyard," said Forrest Lucas, president, Lucas Oil Products. "We have had great success marketing our products through a variety of NHRA platforms over the years and we see great potential through this latest opportunity and take great pride in placing our company name on this historic racing venue, Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis."
The commitment increases Lucas Oil Product's involvement with NHRA. The company is the primary sponsor of one NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event, the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals, Aug. 18-21 in Brainerd, Minn. and the presenting sponsor for the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil, the world's most prestigious drag race. Lucas Oil also provides primary sponsorship to several stars in the Full Throttle Series including Top Fuel drivers Morgan Lucas and Shawn Langdon, Pro Stock driver Larry Morgan and Pro Stock Motorcycle competitors Hector Arana and Hector Arana Jr. In addition, the company is the series sponsor of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, and provides sponsorship support to many teams competing in that series.