PALMETTO, Fla. — The Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires announced Sunoco will expand its relationship with the Mazda Road to Indy by becoming its Official Fuel Supplier for the 2013 season and beyond.
Sunoco — the Official Fuel Partner of IndyCar — will now be the Official Fuel Supplier of the full ladder system including the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and Firestone Indy Lights.
The Pennsylvania company is developing a new fuel for Pro Mazda based upon the same unleaded GTX 260 formula that is used in USF2000 but augmented to cater to the requirements of the series’ Mazda Renesis rotary engines. The powerplant is capable of producing 260 horsepower – providing an additional 90 horsepower over the Mazda MZR used in USF2000 competition. The internationally award-winning engine also powers the Mazda RX-8 passenger car.
“We are excited to welcome Sunoco as our fuel partner and to see this outstanding brand now fueling every step of the Mazda Road to Indy as well as the IZOD IndyCar Series,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions, the series promoter. “Adding Sunoco to our group of tremendous partners gives our new series an excellent foundation. With the depth of talent already confirmed and more announcements to come, we are in store for some incredible competition and can’t wait for the season to start.”
Sunoco has grown to become one of the most recognizable brands in motorsports since forging its first partnership with Penske Racing and legendary driver Mark Donohue in the 1960s. Sunoco supplies a range of premium racing fuels to more than 500 race tracks and 50 racing series in the United States.
“From my initial meeting in 2011 with the management of the IZOD IndyCar Series, I assured them that a partnership with Sunoco meant more than simply a sticker on the cars in their top two series,” commented Rob Marro, General Manager of Sunoco Race Fuels. “Our desire was to have our industry leading fuel run in every series affiliated with the Mazda Road to Indy. Joining forces in 2013 with Andersen Promotions for USF2000, and now for Pro Mazda, completes a long standing business model whereby Sunoco is committed to being there for drivers when they are starting off their careers, and staying with them when they become the stars of tomorrow in the top series.”