Caleb Armstrong (7), Tyler Roahrig (56) and Kody Swanson pace the pack for last year’s 73rd annual Pay Less Little 500 at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway.
ANDERSON, Ind. – Lucas Oil has been named title sponsor of 74and Little 500 race at Anderson Speedway.
For the past 34 years, PayLess Super Markets and Kroger have been the title sponsor of the race, which is the richest pavement sprint car race at Anderson Speedway on an annual basis.
Speedway officials on Tuesday announced the deal with Lucas Oil, which is being brought forward by the UAW.
Lucas Oil Products, the global leader and distributor of automotive additives and lubricants, has entered into a multi-year agreement with Anderson Speedway.
“The Little 500 is such an integral part of racing history in America and Lucas Oil is thrilled to be a part of it as it continues its tradition into its 74th year and beyond,” said the Motorsports director. Partnerships, Brandon Bernstein. “From the start of the race to the grueling nature of the 500 laps, everything about the Little 500 is exciting. We also hope to reach fans of the news to show them the importance of Lucas Oil Products in their daily lives.
The Lucas Oil Little 500 presented by the UAW has been a mainstay on the racing calendar since 1948. Raced on Memorial Day Saturday weekend, 33 sprint cars start the race in 11 rows of three for the 500-lap contest around from the high bank, a quarter mile oval.
Additionally, each team is required to make two pit stops in the indoor Figure-8 course of the circuit.
“We are thrilled to have Lucas Oil as the title sponsor of the Little 500,” said Anderson Speedway President Rick Dawson. “They have always shown a strong commitment to motorsports, especially short track racing, it seems only natural for them to be associated with this historic event. All of our staff work all year round to make the Little 500 a great experience for fans and riders. With the support of Lucas Oil, we believe we can make the Little 500 even better.”
MAVTV Plus will broadcast the Little 500 live on May 28. Additionally, MAVTV Plus will air Practice (May 25), CB Fabricating Pole Day (May 26), and The Tin Plate Fine Food & Spirits Bump Day (May 27). On Sunday, May 29, the day after the Little 500, MAVTV Motorsports Network will air a 3-hour race special that airs from 9 a.m. to noon.
Track officials also announced a record $136,700 purse for the Little 500.
Officials announced that the scholarship has been increased by $10,000 from a year ago, with those funds being split among graduates in positions three through 33.
The race pays $25,000 to win and $10,000 for second place. He will pay a minimum of $2,500 to start.