Brad Penn® Sponsors Historic Grand Prix Race
2-Time Indy 500 Winner Arie Luyendyk Headlines Driver Entry List
Brad Penn® Premium Pennsylvania Grade Lubricants has signed a two-year agreement with Watkins Glen International to be the sponsor of the Historic Grand Prix race held during the Watkins Glen Grand Prix weekend, July 6-8. The race will headline well-known, 2-time, Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk and will be called the Penn Grade 1® Historic Grand Prix.
The Penn Grade 1® Historic Grand Prix is scheduled to take the green flag on Saturday, July 7th and will feature 18 authentic vintage F1 cars that competed at The Glen between 1973 and 1982.
"I'm delighted to welcome Brad Penn into our growing family of regional partners," stated Craig Rust President of Watkins Glen International. "Our Indy Car weekend and the new Penn Grade 1 Historic Grand Prix will become a summer time, fan favorite and we look forward to working with Brad Penn in promoting their brand through this wonderful event."
Brad Penn® Lubricants are 100% Made in the USA, in nearby Bradford, PA (former Kendall refinery). Brad Penn®, Penn Grade 1®, and "The Green Oil"® are registered trademarks of American Refining Group, Inc. Brad Penn will also be the "official motor oil" of the historic road course.
"This unique opportunity allows us to properly showcase the Brad Penn® brand of racing and other motor oils right in our own backyard" said Dick Glady, Director of Branded Lubricants Marketing for ARG. "Our Bradford, PA refinery had a long relationship with Watkins Glen International with the brand that was formerly produced at this site. This renewed association brings back many fond memories and allows us to carry on the tradition of promoting our brand in our major marketing area in support of our many distributors and customers."
The spectacular racing show of F1 cars will be running on the track all weekend and be featured in two separate races. The Penn Grade1® Historic Grand Prix will be held on Saturday, July 7 and will start at approximately 11:00 AM prior to the first of two Corning Twin 100's Indy Pro Series races. These vintage F1 cars will hit the twists and turns of The Glen for a second race on Sunday, July 8 at 2:00 PM right before the featured Watkins Glen Grand Prix race.
Headlining the Penn Grade 1® HGP entry list is star driver Arie Luyendyk, who has claimed victory, owns several of the biggest titles in racing, including two Indy 500's, the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. In 1984, Luyendyk made his debut at The Glen when he claimed victory in Round 8 of the Robert Bosch Formula Super Vee Championship. This year he will drive the 1978 Wolf WR-6 previously driven by Jody Scheckter. He will be joined by the USGP winning team car of James Hunt, McLaren M-26, 1977. Also of great interest in the HGP race will be the ex-Gilles Villeneuve 1980 Ferrari 312 T5/046, ex-Mario Andretti Lotus 77 and 79 models and ex-Alan Jones 1979 Williams FW07B.
The Watkins Glen Grand Prix weekend will include entertainment both on and off the track featuring the IndyCar Series on Sunday, the Penn Grade 1® Historic Grand Prix and Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series race on Saturday, and Twin Corning 100's on both Saturday and Sunday. The weekend will also include live music, a wine tasting, kid's games, and fireworks in honor of our nation's Independence and new race weekend date. On Saturday, the Pepsi 400 viewing party will be held in the FrontStretch Grandstand live from sister track, Daytona International Speedway.
Tickets for the race weekend Independence Day celebration, during the Watkins Glen Grand Prix; or the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and Zippo 200 weekend August 9-12, are still available. For tickets and additional race weekend information, please contact the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE, log
on TheGlen.com, buy online at www.racetickets.com or stop by The Shop located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen.
About Brad Penn®:
In 1997, American Refining Group, Inc. (ARG), a privately held energy company headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, purchased the Kendall/Amalie refinery located in Bradford, PA, from Witco Corporation. As a result of the sale by Witco, of the Kendall® and Amalie® brands to a third party, a new name was given to the products produced at the site: Brad Penn® Premium Pennsylvania Grade Lubricants. Founded in 1881 at the height of the domestic oil boom, the Bradford refinery is the only refinery processing 100% Pennsylvania Grade crude oil. It is also the oldest continuously operated lube oil refinery in the world. Due to the consistency of our feedstocks, the quality of our products can be traced from the wellhead to the finished packaged product. ARG's refinery and blending and packaging operations are ISO 9001:2000 certified. The Bradford refinery was the first in the United States to carry the ISO 9002 certification.