Chip Ganassi Racing announced on Tuesday that convenience store 7-Eleven are returning to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2017 as an associate sponsor to Tony Kanaan’s No.10 NTT Data Honda.

Kanaan’s relationship with 7-Eleven dates back to 2003 when the store first began sponsoring the Brazilian.

Speaking about the new associate partnership Kanaan commented by saying:

It’s an unbelievable feeling to be back in the 7-Eleven family. 7-Eleven was my home for most of my career in INDYCAR and they were with me for 14 out of my 17 wins. It’s definitely special to have them with me to celebrate my 20th INDYCAR season and I’m looking forward to getting them to victory circle again like we did many times in the past. The 7-Eleven car was a staple in the Verizon IndyCar Series for years and most of my fans still come to me and talk about how great of a run we had together. It’s natural for me to be excited that we are reuniting forces now at Chip Ganassi Racing.

The new partnership will be for seven races in 2017 starting with the opening race of the year, (the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, Long Beach, Indianapolis and Texas). 7-Eleven CEO and President Joe DePinto commented on the deal saying:

Tony has proven himself to be an enthusiastic brand ambassador, both for the sport of racing and for 7-Eleven. Whenever he and the show car made a store appearance, crowds of customers would turn out to meet him. Tony would stay and sign photographs and talk to 7-Eleven customers for hours. He is a winner in everything he does.

Chip Ganassi Racing President Steve Lauletta commented by saying:

We‘re really excited to have 7-Eleven joining the team for the 2017 season and it’s great to see them back in the sport. They have such a strong history with Tony and we’re just glad that we can be a part of bringing that relationship back into racing. It’s a huge milestone for Tony to be celebrating his 20th season in INDYCAR and I think 7-Eleven is a perfect partner to come on board and be a part of the celebration.

The opening race of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg takes place from March 10-12, for ticket information visit – http://gpstpete.com/

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