PALMETTO, FL (Jan. 13, 2010) Officials of the USF2000 National Championship presented by Cooper Tires and powered by Mazda announced today a three-year agreement with VP Racing Fuels, the world leader in race fuel technology.   With the agreement, VP is designated the Official Fuel with all USF2000 racers to use VP110 race fuel.   

"Among VP’s nearly 70 fuel blends, we selected VP110 for both of the USF2000 series' classes through the 2012 season and hopefully beyond," said Dan Andersen, co-owner and chief executive officer of Andersen Promotions, which administers the series.

VP will provide trackside service and technical support at all 12 USF2000 races in 2010 and also will supply VP110 at all series tests.   In addition, the San Antonio, Texas-based company will present a $1,500 award at the series' year-end awards ceremony. 

"Having used VP race fuel in the Star Mazda series for the past five seasons, I am well acquainted with the excellent quality and service provided by VP through its national network of dealers," Andersen said.   "I am pleased that they will be involved with us for at least the next three seasons, and that they have also chosen to include a year-end award in their support package." 

The USF2000 series was designed to provide an arena for up-and-coming drivers, engineers, mechanics and other racing personnel to hone their skills as they strive to reach the IZOD IndyCar Series. VP will play a key role in that effort by offering the USF2000 participants technical support via telephone or e-mail in addition to its presence at the track. It will also work closely with Mazda and Elite Engines, the official engine preparer of the Mazda MZR engine that is destined to become the spec engine of the series' top division. 

Just last month VP announced an expansion of its technical support group, which can be reached at (812) 878-2025 or tech@vpracingfuels.com. In addition, customers can visit VP's Web site at vpracingfuels.com to review fuel information and submit tech questions online. 

"The importance of technical support can't be overemphasized," said Steve Burns, VP's president and chief executive officer. "When you lead an industry in technological development as we do, people look to you for guidance and support to ensure they can effectively implement that technology. We look forward to working with the USF2000 series and its racers to help ensure they achieve maximum performance." 

 In addition to USF2000, VP is the Official Racing Fuel of the NHRA, ADRL, American Le Mans Series, Star Mazda, the World of Outlaws sprint cars and late models, and more than 40 other series. More information, including a list of authorized distributors, may be found on the company's website at vpracingfuels.com. 

Sanctioned by the Indy Racing League (IRL), the USF2000 National Championship is one of only two series that are part of both the IRL's Road to Indy ladder system and the MAZDASPEED_Motorsports driver development program. The series' 2010 season will open with a doubleheader March 27-28 on the street circuit in St. Petersburg, Fla. in support of an IZOD IndyCar Series headliner. 

For more information on the series, see usf2000.com or call (941) 723-3900. 

In addition to fuels, VP's product line includes performance chemicals, specialty lubricants, traction adhesives and fuel-handling accessories.   Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, VP owns and operates race fuel distribution centers in Texas, Indiana, Georgia and Delaware, as well as a regional sales office in Southern California.   VP also has master distributors in Florida, Kansas, Washington, Calgary, Ontario, Montreal and Australia, as well as international distribution in Europe, Russia, the Pacific Rim, Africa and the Middle East.