NAPA to Sponsor Rossi in Indy 500

By Josh Farmer, IndyCar Reporter.

INDIANAPOLIS – NAPA Auto Parts will serve as the primary sponsor for of the #98 Andretti Autosport Honda driven by rookie Alexander Rossi for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

This will mark the first foray into Indy Car racing for the auto parts giant.

“Andretti Autosport symbolizes the excellence NAPA AUTO PARTS has maintained for nearly 100 years,” said Tip Tollison, president of NAPA Balkamp in Indianapolis. With this being the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, I cannot think of anything that makes the historic event more complete than the joining of a premier racing family and a premier auto parts company.”

In addition to backing Rossi’s efforts in the 500, NAPA will also serve as an associate sponsor for the remainder of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Season.

“We’re excited to begin a relationship with another storied American brand for this landmark event,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. “This will be NAPA’s first time serving as a full primary sponsor in the Verizon IndyCar Series, and I’m honored to have Andretti Autosport chosen to represent their brand.”

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Josh Farmer joined the media center in 2012 after first discovering his love of IndyCar racing in 2004 at Auto Club Speedway. He has been an accredited member of the IndyCar media center since 2014 and also contributes to IndyCar.com along with The Motorsports Tribune.

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