Zippo Renews Title Sponsorship of NASCAR Nationwide Series Race
Local Manufacturing Company has been a sponsor at the WGI since 1993
Zippo renews title sponsorship of WGI NASCAR Nationwide race for the 10th year
WATKINS GLEN, NY – Zippo Manufacturing Company recently signed their multi-year renewal of the Zippo 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series entitlement at Watkins Glen International. Zippo has been a premier partner of The Glen since 1993, and is currently the longest continuous sponsor of Watkins Glen International. Now in its tenth year, the Zippo 200 is the third longest running Nationwide Series race under the same name and sponsorship. This season marks the 10th anniversary of Zippo’s entitlement of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race during The Glen’s traditional NASCAR race weekend in August.
“Zippo has been a fantastic partner for more than 20 years and we are thrilled to continue that relationship,” said WGI President Michael Printup. “Both the Zippo and Watkins Glen International brands are known for their quality of product, history and longevity. Words cannot express our gratitude for their renewal or the excitement that we feel as we prepare to celebrate this 10th anniversary sponsorship milestone. We know that our fans love their products, so their involvement with our track over the years is a real benefit to everyone involved.”
Zippo’s partnership with Watkins Glen International began in 1993 when they became inaugural sponsor of the U.S. Vintage Grand Prix event, now one of the largest vintage racing events in the United States. In 2005, Zippo increased its support of The Glen when it took on title sponsorship of the Zippo 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
“From the beginning, our partnership with WGI has been a great fit for both of us,” commented Greg Booth, Zippo president and CEO. “Racing fans, especially NASCAR fans, have the same loyalty and passion for their sport as Zippo lighter fans have for our product. The introduction of our Zippo Outdoor line of products makes even more sense as we reach out to the thousands of avid fans who pack the campgrounds during race weekend at the Glen.”
Zippo Manufacturing Company is located in nearby Bradford, PA, approximately two hours to the southwest of the historic racetrack. Zippo has unveiled many of their new products at WGI during the NASCAR weekends, including the award-winning Zippo refillable handwarmer. In 2011, they debuted the Zippo Jeep, a 2011 Jeep Wrangler modified by West Coast Customs to embody the attributes of the Zippo brand and serve as promotional ambassador for the emerging Zippo Outdoor line of products. The Zippo Hot Spot is one of the most popular interactive vendor displays on manufacturers’ row, offering new product challenges and demonstrations, lighter fill-ups, minor repairs, and a wide selection of Zippo windproof lighters.
In honor of this major milestone, The Glen is proud to present a new 10-year logo for this year’s edition of Zippo 200. Zippo Manufacturing Company will also be producing a commemorative item for fans to bid on at the Zippo 200 on August 9, with all proceeds to be donated to charity.
Airing live on ABC-TV, MRN and the SiriusXM NASCAR Channel, the Zippo 200 takes place Saturday, August 9 at 2:15 p.m. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling 866-461-7223 or by visiting TheGlen.com.
Zippo markets in more than 160 countries and is one of the most recognized brands in the world. Based in Bradford, PA, Zippo has produced over 500 million windproof lighters since 1932, each backed by an unparalleled lifetime guarantee. Zippo’s diverse product line includes lighter accessories; butane candle lighters; watches, fragrance, and lifestyle accessories for men; and a robust line of heat and flame products for outdoor enthusiasts. Zippo also owns the Ronson brand of lighters and fuel and W.R. Case and Sons Cutlery Company, both based in Bradford, PA. For more information, visit zippo.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Located in the Finger Lake Region of New York, Watkins Glen International is the premier road racing facility in North America.
Mark your calendars for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at The Glen August 7 - 10. Start the weekend with NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race Friday, August 8, followed by the Nationwide Series Zippo 200 Saturday, August 9, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Cheez-It™ 355 Sunday, August 10. Tickets, as well as gift certificates and licensed merchandise, are available at The Shop, located in downtown Watkins Glen at 2 North Franklin Street. The Shop is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets are also available by calling 866.461.RACE and online at www.TheGlen.com.