Champion Oil for a second year in a row is supporting the Steve King Foundation at the Knoxville Nationals with nightly 2 Seat Sprint Car Charity Rides. Champion will also auction a celebrity driven ride on Aug. 11 at 12:30 p.m. at the Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa, with proceeds going to the Steve King Foundation and the Sprint Car Hall of Fame.
The Steve King Foundation is a non- profit, tax deductible, charitable organization established for the purpose of helping the dirt track racing community. The foundation was established after the death of Steve King. Steve died from a brain injury sustained during an accident between turns three and four during Wednesday night race qualifying for the 2006 Knoxville Nationals.
The Knoxville Nationals is an annual sprint car event held at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa. This year’s event is Aug. 8 through 11. The Knoxville Nationals was originally scheduled as a one day event for Super Modifieds and was later expanded to two, three, and finally four days of racing for Sprint Cars. The first Knoxville Nationals was held in 1961 with Roy Robbins taking the win. The purse has risen dramatically: in 1961 it was $5,455, 1971 - $22,000, 1981 - $82,000, 1991 - $284,052, 2001 - $707,000, and 2003 - $750,000. Today, the total payout exceeds $1,000,000. This year’s event is being held August 8th through the 11th.
From 1961 through 1977, the race was unsanctioned, meaning that it was 'open competition'. From 1978 through 2005, the race was sanctioned by the World of Outlaws. Because of the split in the sport, the Nationals are again unsanctioned andhave run with track rules since 2006. Drivers such as Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Kenny Schrader, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, A.J. Foyt, and many otherfamous drivers have raced on the famous half- mile.
Champion Oil develops synthetic motor oils for racing. These multi-viscosity motor oils contain high zinc and phosphorous formulas designed to deliver the correct balance of chemistry to protect high performance engines, especially those using flat tappet roller cams operating at high RPM's and requiring high-pressure valve springs.
These “purpose-built” lubricant products contain Champion’s proprietary TVS® (Thermal Viscosity Stabilizer) which extends oil film capacity for better protection at high temperatures. The Champion oils also contain special lubricity modifiers to reduce friction, and unlock thefull potential of any engine by providing increased compression, horsepower and torque.