By Josh Farmer, IndyCar Reporter
NAPA Auto Parts will return as the primary sponsor of Alexander Rossi for seven Verizon IndyCar Series races this season.
Rossi carried NAPA to a successful first outing with a win in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 after the auto parts giant signed on just days before qualifying. The win brought them back to sponsor the No. 98 Andretti Herta Autosport Honda at the following round at Detroit.
This year, they will return again for seven races in the upcoming season – St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Indianapolis, Road America, Watkins Glen and Sonoma.
“We are pleased to announce our continued partnership with one of the more iconic brands in all of motorsports, the Andretti brand,” stated NAPA President, Dan Askey. “We are equally excited to partner with one of the rising stars in the sport in Alexander Rossi and proud to have Alexander representing NAPA both on and off the track. We were fortunate to come on board in May of 2016 becoming a part of history as we rode along with Alexander capturing the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.”
Rossi’s winning car was on display during this month’s North American International Auto Show and has since been moved into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.
“Confirming NAPA AUTO PARTS is the perfect way for us to start off 2017,” said Rossi. “NAPA is one of the most recognized brands in the U.S., and with over 6,000 stores, they touch every corner of our nation. In 2016, we had historic success together in the Verizon IndyCar Series, however there is still much more to accomplish. I’m proud to have NAPA back on board the No. 98 and am motivated to carry our momentum together through 2017.”