PennGrade became the first-ever presenting sponsor of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016 and continues that partnership today in a multi-year deal. Now in its second year of the agreement with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, PennGrade Motor Oil sales have increased over 20 percent since the sponsorship began. The 101 st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil is set to run Sunday, May 28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
PennGrade is a multi-year, major associate sponsor of Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) Racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
This partnership marks a return to Indy car racing for PennGrade's parent company D-A Lubricant Co., based in Lebanon, IN, who sponsored entries in the Indianapolis 500 from 1955 – 1958 with a highest finish of sixth in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” in 1956 with driver Bob Sweikert. D-A- sponsored cars also ran in the USAC Championship Car series during that time period, earning one win in 1957 and four wins in 1958.
In addition, the relationship provides a business-to- business opportunity with the LANCO Group of Companies, whose president is RLL co-owner Michael Lanigan.
In the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season, RLL driver Graham Rahal won at Texas Motor Speedway in one of the closest finishes in Verizon IndyCar Series history. Follow @PennGrade on social media to see the latest trackside updates from Graham Rahal and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing throughout the 2017 race season.
PennGrade 1 sponsors the No. 90 NASCAR Super Late Model Series car driven by Molly Helmuth. The sponsorship marks a continuing effort to increase brand awareness of the PennGrade 1 product line throughout North America.
Helmuth started racing go karts at the age of 11 in the IKF Gold Cup series. She moved into full size stock cars at the age of 14 and at 15 began racing in the Pro4 Truck Series. At 16 Molly entered into Super Late Model and also made her debut racing a Ford Focus Midget for Ron Sutton’s Winners’ Circle, a developmental team based in Northern California.
Today, Molly continues to race in the NASCAR® Super Late Model division. In 2016, she was voted “Most Popular Driver” at Evergreen Speedway and won the Joe’s Racing Products “Hard Charger” Award. In nine starts, she earned three top-five finishes.
For more information, visit www.mollyhelmuth.com