Mobil 1 Celebrates 20 Years as Title Sponsor of the Twelve Hours of Sebring


Mobil 1 Celebrates 20 Years as Title Sponsor of the Twelve Hours of Sebring

Endurance is definitely the name of the game when it comes to the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring – and not just on the track.

At Saturday’s 63rd annual event, for example, the title sponsor – ExxonMobil – will be celebrating some endurance of its own, observing a remarkable 20 years as title sponsor, one of the longest sponsor relationships in motorsports.

Mobil 1, of course, plays a big role for Corvettes in general and Corvette Racing in particular. All Corvettes have come from the factory filled with Mobil 1 oil for years, and that loyalty carries over to the track, too.

Loyalty only goes so far, though, with the ultimate test of a product being its success on the track. With Mobil 1 lubricating its engines, Corvette Racing has enjoyed much success over the years, including a second-place finish in the GT Le Mans class of the inaugural IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in 2014. Not to mention back-to-back ALMS GT team championships in 2012 and 2013, eight straight ALMS GT1 titles from 2001 to 2008, and seven class wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2001.

“As America’s premier production sports car racing team, Corvette Racing is thrilled with the partnership with Mobil 1,” said Mark Kent, director, Chevrolet Racing. “Mobil 1 technology advisors continue to help ensure that Corvette Racing’s engines are operating at peak performance, helping us win races year after year.”

Mobil 1 continues to be known as the “Official Lubricant of Corvette Racing” and of course is the factory’s choice to fill the engines of the 2015 Corvette Z06 and Stingray Z51.

It’s a two-way relationship, though. ExxonMobil also benefits from its relationship with winning racing programs like Corvette and Porsche, a company official points out.

“ExxonMobil uses motorsports as a real world laboratory to develop and demonstrate our lubricant technology,” said Artis Brown, global motorsports manager at ExxonMobil. “Whether it’s 12 hours of high-performance racing in sunny Florida, or 12 minutes of driving to work in subzero Minnesota winter temperatures, Mobil 1’s ‘normal’ is excellent protection and performance to keep engines running at their best – even in some of the most demanding driving conditions in the world.”

Sebring officials say they are proud of their partnership with ExxonMobil.

“Having such an iconic brand in motorsports connected to the Twelve Hours of Sebring for two decades has been a supreme honor,” Sebring President and General Manager Tres Stephenson says. This year’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will is set for Saturday, March 21. You can watch the action on Fox Sports.


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