BONACQUISTO NAMED DIRECTOR OF MARKETING FOR VP RACING FUELS

Chris Wall To Take Reins Of VP’s Retail Branding Program

SAN ANTONIO, TX (April 21, 2017) VP Racing Fuels® today announced the appointment of Donato Bonacquisto as Director of Marketing.  In that position, Bonacquisto will be responsible for advertising, sponsorships, event management and public relations in support of all VP business divisions including Race Fuel, Branding and Consumer Products.  “Donato brings a wealth of experience in the marketing, automotive and motorsports industries and we’re confident he’ll hit the ground running to continue the rapid pace of growth we’ve established here at VP,” said Alan Cerwick, President of VP Racing Fuels.

Bonacquisto comes to VP from Hankook Tire America where, as Motorsports and Events Manager, he promoted the Hankook Tire brand in the U.S. market across a mix of professional and amateur motorsports initiatives and top-level events in the consumer, aftermarket and commercial sectors.  Prior to that, he held management positions at multiple NASCAR Cup Series teams in both marketing and business development capacities, in addition to tenures with JHE Production Group managing elements of the Sprint title sponsorship with NASCAR and SPEED Channel as Event Marketing Manager.  Bonacquisto has also held roles in the automotive industry producing media/press launches at APEX Performance and managing luxury brands including Ferrari, Maserati, Porsche, Aston Martin and Bentley.

Bonacquisto began his career in motorsports competing in SCCA events and continues to pursue racing as a hobby.  “I’m excited to join VP and look forward to continuing the very successful growth strategy.  VP has always been a recognized brand in the motorsports world, but we are now striving to also achieve that in the branded and consumer products industry and I’m looking forward to applying the knowledge gained over my career to help drive the continued growth and profitability at VP.”

In a related move, VP’s Chief Marketing Officer, Chris Wall, is transitioning to a new position as Senior Director-Branded Retail, responsible for wholesale brand development including both VP-branded gas stations/convenience stores and VP FASTLUBE™ service centers.  In his new role, Wall will lead a team of Regional Sales Managers as well as pursue large customers both nationally and internationally.

“With the rapid growth VP is experiencing, it became imperative that we capitalize on the momentum we’re enjoying and aggressively push our retail branding program forward,” said Cerwick.  “Given his success in growing our marketing efforts and experience with our Branding program over the last several years, Chris is well positioned to lead that effort.”

“I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish over the past 2.5 years in company growth and brand recognition.  Donato is the right person to keep our momentum moving forward and it gives me a lot of confidence to leave the department in his competent hands,” said Wall.  “Taking over the VP branded retail division is a dream come true for me.  Leading the set-up of retail VP locations around the world will be a new challenge and extend our brand’s reach on a global scale.”


VP RACING FUELS LAUNCHES QUICK LUBE PROGRAM

VP FASTLUBE™ Facilities to Complement VP Retail Branding Program

SAN ANTONIO, TX (April 4, 2017) VP Racing Fuels today introduced VP FASTLUBE™, a quick lube concept that will complement VP’s fast-growing retail branding program for gas stations and convenience stores.  While stand-alone facilities are the primary focus of VP’s FASTLUBE program, others will be incorporated in VP-branded stations.  In a related development, VP recently introduced VP Racing and Hi-Performance Lubricants, as well as a long-term trademark license agreement with Maverick Performance Products, LLC to market, manufacture and sell VP-branded lubricants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  Maverick will service VP FASTLUBE facilities with both bulk and packaged VP-branded lubricants.

“Following our successful rollout of VP Racing Fuels-branded gas stations, introduction of VP Lubricants and Maverick license agreement, the VP FASTLUBE program emerged as a natural extension and allows us to tap into the $14 billion quick lube market,” said Chris Wall, Chief Marketing Officer for VP Racing Fuels.  “Like our retail branding program, VP FASTLUBE offers an attractive image, a credit card program with one of the lowest rates in the industry and a preferred supplier program, as well as substantial savings on bulk oils for higher profits.  FASTLUBE licensees will benefit from VP’s brand recognition among performance enthusiasts and the increasing brand awareness generated by VP branded gas stations.”

In addition, VP provides low rate financing for ground up, conversions, rebranding, SBA lending and equipment financing through its preferred lender, Allied Brand Capital (ABC).  “Beyond financing, ABC does a great job of working with clients to help them tackle their business challenges and growth needs,” said Wall.

VP will be introducing the FASTLUBE concept to the quick lube industry at the upcoming iFLEX AT THE CAR WASH SHOW scheduled April 4-6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  VP representatives and Allied Brand Capital loan professionals will be available to answer questions at booth 1839.

For more than 40 years, VP Racing Fuels built a reputation as the world leader in race fuel technology, fueling champions in virtually every form of motorsports.  VP’s reputation for product quality, along with superior service and technical support, helped secure its position as the Official Fuel of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, AMA Supercross and World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, among more than 60 VP-sponsored series and sanctioning bodies.

In recent years, VP leveraged its history, winning tradition and reputation among performance enthusiasts to launch VP-branded retail gas stations and convenience stores across the U.S.  VP’s retail brand program is unique and innovative with an attractive image, new revenue streams, lower costs, cutting-edge marketing support and other elements that major brands can’t imitate or follow.  It makes station owners more profitable and gives them more control over their business.

As a brand, VP Racing Fuels has enjoyed annual double-digit growth across all its business units in recent years.  “This foundation enables VP FASTLUBE licensees to leverage one of the fastest growing performance lifestyle brands in America,” said Wall.

About VP Racing Fuels

VP Racing Fuels is best known as the World Leader in Race Fuel Technology™, fueling champions in virtually every form of motorsport on land, sea and air since 1975.  VP is the Official Racing Fuel of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, AMA Supercross, NMRA, NMCA, World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and Late Models, Formula Drift, Pirelli World Challenge, PDRA and Rally America, among more than 60 VP-sponsored series and sanctioning bodies.

As part of its retail branding program, gas stations and convenience stores across the U.S. are being branded as VP Racing Fuels, with each providing distribution for VP’s other product lines, including ethanol-free VP Small Engine Fuels, formulated for 2- and 4-cycle outdoor power equipment; VP Madditive® performance chemicals; VP PowerWash™ and more.  VP also markets VP PowerMaster® hobby fuels for R/C racing.  More information is available online at VPRacingFuels.com.

About Allied Brand Capital

Allied Brand Capital specializes in enabling small business owners to succeed by providing hassle free financing in the retail and commercial petroleum, car wash and fast lube industries.  Working with its customers to enable them to optimize their financing and capital structures, Allied Brand Capital is a leading provider of financing and leasing for acquisition and new construction financing, SBA financing, equipment financing and much more. For more information, visit www.alliedbrandcapital.com.