Allen Johnson – one of drag racing’s most popular Pro Stock racers — has ended off-season speculation with a major new announcement…

National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) racer Allen Johnson and Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: MPC) today announced a sponsorship agreement. With MPC as the primary sponsor, this agreement ensures that Johnson, 2012 NHRA Pro-Stock World Champion, will remain on the drag strip for all of the 2016 season.

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“Both my dad and I, along with the entire Johnson & Johnson racing team are setting our sights on another championship year thanks to the support of the Marathon brand,” said Allen Johnson, racer and CEO of Johnson & Johnson Racing. “We are grateful for our partnership with Marathon Petroleum both on and off the track.”

Johnson also owns Greenville Oil and Petroleum, which consists of 37 Quick Stop Markets and three Lube X-Press oil change facilities, all carrying the Marathon brand. “We’re pleased to have this opportunity to partner with Allen and his proven record of success, both on the track and in our industry,” said Bill McCleave, MPC brand marketing director. “Allen and his racing team strongly compliment the Marathon brand, and we’re proud to be aligned with such a great role model and champion in this sport.”
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About Johnson & Johnson Racing:

Since 1996, the father and son team of Roy and Allen Johnson have owned Johnson & Johnson Racing. Beyond his role as crew chief, Roy oversees J&J’s unique in-house engine program producing some of the more high performing engines in the Pro Stock arena.

About Marathon Petroleum Corporation:

MPC is the nation’s fourth-largest refiner, with a crude oil refining capacity of approximately 1.8 million barrels per calendar day in its seven-refinery system. Marathon brand gasoline is sold through approximately 5,600 independently owned retail outlets across 19 states. In addition, Speedway LLC, an MPC subsidiary, owns and operates the nation’s second-largest convenience store chain, with approximately 2,760 convenience stores in 22 states. MPC owns, leases or has ownership interests in approximately 8,300 miles of crude and light product pipelines and 5,000 miles of gas gathering and natural gas liquids (NGL) pipelines. MPC also has ownership interests in 51 gas processing plants, 10 NGL fractionation facilities and one condensate stabilization facility. Through subsidiaries, MPC owns the general partner of MPLX LP, a midstream master limited partnership. MPC’s fully integrated system provides operational flexibility to move crude oil, NGLs, feedstocks and petroleum-related products efficiently through the company’s distribution network and midstream service businesses in the Midwest, Southeast and Gulf Coast regions.

Posted by Sadie Floyd