Knoxville, IA (PRWEB) August 08, 2012
Champion Oil, a global leader in racing and performance lubricants, announced this week that it would for a second year in a row support the Steve King Foundation at the Knoxville Nationals with nightly 2 Seat Sprint Car Charity Rides. Champion will also auction a celebrity driven ride on Saturday, August 11th at 12:30 PM at the Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, IA with proceeds going to the Steve King Foundation and the Sprint Car Hall of Fame.
The Steve King Foundation is a non-profit, tax deductible, charitable organization established for the purpose of helping the dirt track racing community. The foundation was established after the death of Steve King. Steve died from a brain injury sustained during an accident between turns three and four during Wednesday night race qualifying for the 2006 Knoxville Nationals. http://www.stevekingfoundation.org
The Knoxville Nationals is an annual sprint car event held at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa. This year’s event is held August 8th thru the 11th. The Knoxville Nationals was originally scheduled as a one day event for Super Modifieds and was later expanded to two, three, and finally four days of racing for Sprint Cars.
The first Knoxville Nationals was held in 1961 with Roy Robbins taking the win. The purse has risen dramatically: in 1961 it was $5,455, 1971 - $22,000, 1981 - $82,000, 1991 - $284,052, 2001 - $707,000, and 2003 - $750,000. Today, the total payout exceeds $1,000,000. This year’s event is being held August 8th through the 11th.
From 1961 through 1977, the race was unsanctioned, meaning that it was 'open competition'. From 1978 through 2005, the race was sanctioned by the World of Outlaws. Because of the split in the sport, the Nationals are again unsanctioned and have run with track rules since 2006. Drivers such as Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Kenny Schrader, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, A.J. Foyt, and many other famous drivers have raced on the famous half-mile.
Champion Oil, celebrating its 56th year as an industry leader, develops synthetic motor oils for racing. These multi-viscosity motor oils contain high zinc and phosphorous formulas designed to deliver the correct balance of chemistry to protect high performance engines, especially those using flat tappet roller cams operating at high RPM's and requiring high-pressure valve springs.
These “purpose-built” lubricant products contain Champion’s proprietary TVS® (Thermal Viscosity Stabilizer) which extends oil film capacity for better protection at high temperatures. The Champion oils also contain special lubricity modifiers to reduce friction, and unlock the full potential of any engine by providing increased compression, horsepower and torque.
About the company: Champion Brands, LLC, is a globally recognized industry leader in specialty lubricants for over 55 years. Champion also produces and blends over 300 products including fuel, oil, engine additives, and lubricants for the racing, automotive, heavy truck, agricultural, industrial, and specialty markets. For more information about Champion contact your nearest Champion Distributor, or call Champion at 800-821-5693. Champion Brands, LLC; 1001 Golden Drive, Clinton, MO, 64735 or go to http://www.championbrands.com.