Machine tool maker Cincinnati Inc. and heavy-duty truck manufacturer Freightliner have expanded their NASCAR programs to become primary sponsors of Kyle Larson's No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro for two races each and be featured as full-time associate sponsors of the team.
"We're pleased to have Cincinnati and Freightliner grow their respective partnerships with us," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "The best way we can show our appreciation is with high performance on and off the racetrack. NASCAR has tremendous momentum going into 2021, and Kyle and the No. 5 crew will certainly be one of the most exciting teams to watch this year. We look forward to seeing Cincinnati and Freightliner at the front of the field with them."
NASCAR driver Kyle Larson
Cincinnati joined Hendrick Motorsports in 2019 following a landmark 10-year agreement. With the addition of primary sponsorship of the No. 5 team, the leading machine tool manufacturer has grown its racing program for the 2021 season. Cincinnati is Hendrick Motorsports' Official Metal Fabrication and Additive Equipment Provider.
"We are very happy to announce the expansion of our NASCAR program in 2021," said Tim Warning, president and CEO of Cincinnati Inc. "Our entire team takes great pride in knowing that Cincinnati machines contribute to the success of Hendrick Motorsports on the racetrack, including last year's Cup Series championship. It was also extremely powerful to see the Cincinnati car in victory lane at Auto Club Speedway in 2020, which ignited incredible enthusiasm inside our company and with our customers. We're looking forward to building a strong relationship with Kyle and sharing in the excitement of winning more races with the No. 5 team."
Larson, 28, has won more than 250 events across a variety of sanctioning bodies and vehicle styles. The Elk Grove, California, native began driving at age 7 and has raced stock cars, winged and non-winged sprint cars, karts, trucks, and sports cars. Larson made his NASCAR Cup Series debut in 2013 and was named its 2014 rookie of the year in his first full-time season.
Dates for the Cincinnati and Freightliner events have not been determined. NationsGuard was the primary sponsor of the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports team in the season-opening DAYTONA 500 this past weekend where Larson finished in 10th place.
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