Petty retired in 1992, but almost 20 years later, the iconic STP Day-Glo red and ‘Petty Blue’ race colors were once again on track this weekend, heralding STP‘s return to top-line motorsport in its native USA.
The car on track pays tribute to the driving legend, with a livery that replicates that of Petty’s 1972 STP Dodge Charger. Under the Richard Petty Motorsports banner, the STP-sponsored NASCAR Ford Fusion was unveiled at Kansas Speedway, launching a full season for the team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series in 2011. It was driven by former Champ Car driver, A.J. Allmendinger, and sported Petty’s famous ‘43’ race number.
The landmark return to NASCAR is part of STP’s major re-engagement with enthusiasts worldwide, in line with a major development of its fuel additive and engine care product ranges. STP’s Renewed motorsport participation also includes NASCAR race and track sponsorships, and a return to big league NHRA drag racing. In addition, enthusiasts across Europe are being treated to the STP AF Corse Ferrari F458, contesting the FIA GT3 European Championship.
STP is also a founder sponsor of the UK-based Bloodhound Project - the bid to raise the World Land Speed Record to 1,000mph, which will be played out across a 14-mile land strip in South Africa in 2012/13.