SVRA Driver of the Year Ken Manella (right) was one of Royal Purple’s standout drivers for 2016 and the first recipient of a commemorative Royal Purple Championship Jacket. Photo Credit: Royal Purple

Porter, TX (Jan. 12, 2017) – Premium synthetic lubricant and performance chemical manufacturer, Royal Purple®, supported a plethora of athletes in 2016 who have had an excellent competition season. 2016 saw Royal Purple sponsored drivers successfully competing in a broad range of racing categories, including strong performances in series including SVRA, Mazda Road to Indy and IndyCar.


Royal Purple’s most prominent racing involvement of the year came at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. The company worked closely with Ed Carpenter, IndyCar’s only combination owner and driver, from the Indianapolis 500 onward throughout the 2016 season. The partnership ran through a variety of events in 2016 including leading the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway and an impressive top-ten qualifying for the ABC Supply 500 at the “Tricky Triangle” of Pocono Raceway. Royal Purple’s overall racing involvement for 2016 extended far beyond IndyCar into several grassroots series, including historic racing series like the SVRA.


After being named the SVRA Driver of the Year for 2016, Royal Purple awarded Ken Manella with the first commemorative Royal Purple Championship Jacket. The prestigious jackets are given out exclusively to Royal Purple-sponsored series champions and award winners who have achieved standout results and thrilling drives. Manella illustrated exceptional consciousness, sportsmanship, safety and consistency throughout his races in 2016 in the cockpit of his 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport replica to earn this honor. In future seasons, Royal Purple will extend these championship jackets to standout drivers in all of its sponsored series.


Serving as the official oil of the 2016 Mazda Road to Indy Series, Royal Purple honored the performance of three standout drivers with the $5,000 Royal Purple Slickest Pass Award. The award provided financial aid and, just as importantly for developing talent, recognition to winning drivers on their path to the IndyCar series. Felix Serralles of the Indy Lights Series won the first award for his tightly contested three-wide double pass through turns one and two at Iowa Speedway. Will Owen of the Pro Mazda Series’ over-under double pass through the S-curves at Mid-Ohio Race Two and Parker Thompson of USF2000’s expert out-braking pass on the last lap of the Grand Prix of Toronto for the race victory were also awarded with a Slickest Pass prize.


“Royal Purple is honored to have been a part of so many successful events and races this year,” said Debby Neubauer, Royal Purple Vice President of Marketing. “We are looking forward to welcoming new racers in 2017 and continuing to cheer on all the talented athletes.”


The entire team at Royal Purple looks back fondly on a successful 2016 season and looks to continue the brand’s tradition of outperforming through the 2017 racing year, and will have more announcements on its sponsorships for the season in the near future.


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