Darlington Raceway, September 3, 1999 - Petty Enterprises owner Richard Petty announced today that STP would continue to serve as the team's sponsor until next year's Pepsi 400 at Daytona. That's when General Mills will step on board as the...
Darlington Raceway, September 3, 1999 - Petty Enterprises owner Richard Petty announced today that STP would continue to serve as the team's sponsor until next year's Pepsi 400 at Daytona. That's when General Mills will step on board as the team's primary sponsor.
RICHARD PETTY, owner (No. 43 STP Pontiac Grand Prix): "We've been racing 50 years and Petty Enterprises has got all kinds of things going. We got John signed up again this year for the next two or three years. We're looking forward to doing a bunch of stuff on down the road. STP has been with us 28 years, 29 years next year. That's a pretty long relationship. Our basic deal for the next two or three years, 30 years we hope with our new sponsor. What we've got is STP is going to be the primary sponsor for the first part of the season up until Daytona. Then General Mills will come on as a sponsor for the next two or three years after that. STP lasted for 28-29 years and we hope General Mills can last that long, too. We've already done some stuff with General Mills. This is just a continuation of a family situation. We're looking forward to doing a good job for STP this year. They've got a bunch of different promotions coming up. Then we'll get into the latter part of the year with General Mills and Cheerios. There will be a lot of promotions going on on all fronts. We'll be working together real close working on the paint schemes. We're real excited that STP has been with us 28 and a half years and we're looking forward to General Mills being with us at least that long. "The car is still going to have 43 on the side of it and it's still going to be blue. It used to be a blue car when I went with STP and then it went half and half. I figure we'll wind up the same way with... blue and yellow. We'll make that work, too. General Mills will also have a little sticker on our other vehicles, too, Kyle's car and Adam's. They're jumping on full-bore and they're going the whole route with the whole family deal. That made us feel real good. They're family and we're family and as long as we can all work it that way we'll be fine. We've got a family of cars and trucks now and I've got to look after them, too."
JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 STP Pontiac Grand Prix): "Obviously, it's an exciting time for us. I think that a lot of things have happened this year. I went into Richard's office and we talked about the future, my future with the team. I love being with Petty Enterprises. I've got a great owner, got a great team. It meant a lot to me to be a part of the team. I've heard a lot about the sponsor rumblings and all the things going on, but I don't pay attention to it because I know they've been in business for 50 years and they'll continue to be in business. To go through the transition from STP to General Mills is a great opportunity for anybody. My association with STP goes back a long way as well. Maybe another Andretti can win the 500 with General Mills.
It's really exciting for me. My wife Nancy is involved with Pattie, Kyle's wife, and Lynda, Richard's wife, with General Mills before I was even involved. She's the one I have to think. I'll have to thank her for bringing the sponsorship to us, so she's expecting a royalty check, her commission. I think it's going to be a lot of fun. The thing that put me over the top for the three years is the discount coupons for the General Mills products.