By Josh Farmer, IndyCar Reporter
7-Eleven announced their return as an associate sponsor to Tony Kanaan in four Verizon IndyCar Series races this season.
The convenience store giant will be featured on the Brazillian’s No. 10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda in four races – St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Indianapolis and Texas. NTT Data will still serve as the primary sponsor for the duration of the season.
“It’s definitely special to have them with me to celebrate my 20th INDYCAR season and I’m looking forward to getting them to victory circle again like we did many times in the past,” he said.
This comes 14 years after the company sponsored him during his stint at Andretti Autosport. Kanaan, who is entering his 20th season and 4th with CGR, won 14 times under the 7-Eleven banner and scored the 2004 series championship.
“The 7-Eleven car was a staple in the Verizon IndyCar Series for years and most of my fans still come to me and talk about how great of a run we had together. It’s natural for me to be excited that we are reuniting forces now at Chip Ganassi Racing.”
The Irving, Texas-based company boasts 61,000 stores in 17 countries with 10,900 in North America.
“Tony has proven himself to be an enthusiastic brand ambassador, both for the sport of racing and for 7-Eleven,” said Joe DePinto, 7-Eleven CEO and President. “Whenever he and the show car made a store appearance, crowds of customers would turn out to meet him. Tony would stay and sign photographs and talk to 7-Eleven customers for hours. He is a winner in everything he does.”