INDIANAPOLIS (May 13, 2013) - Lucas Oil, a manufacturer and distributer of petroleum additives and oils for high performance engines, has signed on as primary sponsor for Tristan Vautier's No. 55 Honda-powered car in the 2013 Indianapolis 500.
Forrest Lucas, founder of Lucas Oil, first partnered with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports' owner Sam Schmidt a decade ago when his company served as primary sponsor for Schmidt's Indianapolis 500 entry for Richie Hearn in 2003. Since then, Lucas Oil has served as a title sponsor each race season on one of Schmidt's Firestone Indy Lights entries.
"Sam asked me if I'd like to sponsor Tristan (Vautier's) car for the 10th anniversary of our relationship, and I jumped at the chance," Lucas said. "I was attracted to the Indianapolis 500 10 years ago because it's the biggest race in the world, and it's a huge pleasure to be part of the race again with a car, driver and team that have every chance in the world of winning."
Schmidt and Lucas found common ground in their desire to foster growth and development in young open-wheel drivers in Firestone Indy Lights, which makes the Indianapolis 500 sponsorship of Tristan Vautier's car even more appropriate since he is the reigning Firestone Indy Lights Champion.
"I appreciate all that Sam (Schmidt) has done to help young drivers advance their careers, and I'm glad that we've been part of that," Lucas said. "We sponsored Tristan (Vautier's) car in the Grand Prix of Long Beach earlier this year, and I can't wait to see how this young, talented driver fares in the biggest race in the world."
Sam Schmidt is excited to team up with Lucas Oil for the Indianapolis 500 again after having found success with the company on board as a sponsor in Firestone Indy Lights.
"It is fantastic to be associated with such an iconic motorsports brand for the Indy 500 and the 10th anniversary of our original partnership," Schmidt said. "Their business and racing truly go hand in hand and we're proud to have brought them several Firestone Indy Lights Championships. I can't think of another person I would rather give a Baby Borg Warner trophy to than Forrest Lucas ! "
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