Three Generations Race Together with
Valvoline at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals
DENVER, NC (August 14, 2017) – Gray Motorsports will premier three professional pro stock cars at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals September 1-4 at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Team owner and funny car national event winner Johnny Gray will race in the pro stock class alongside national pro stock event winners Shane Gray and Tanner Gray. Shane is the son of Johnny and Tanner the grandson. This is the first time in NHRA history that three generations of one family will race together in a professional class.
Adding to this historical event, each Gray Motorsports pro stock car will be carrying the respective Valvoline logos that were relevant to the era related to each driver’s birth year. Valvoline has a rich history in the motorsports industry and has been a program supporter of Gray Motorsports for many years.
“Valvoline has a long and storied history in racing including NHRA with many great teams and drivers,” Vice-President of marketing & customer experience for Valvoline Inc. Jamal Muashsher said. “Valvoline is proud to add to this rich history by extending our partnership with the outstanding team at Gray Motorsports. We are excited to support the three generations competing on the track and off the track by helping capture this unique story to share with fans."
Johnny Gray will race his Chevrolet Camaro SS with a Valvoline logo from the 1950’s.
“Valvoline has been a great partner of Gray Motorsports,” team owner Johnny Gray said. “Our partnership with Valvoline has elevated our program and to be able to draw significance to the three generations competing against each other at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals is what Gray Motorsports is all about.”
Shane, Johnny’s son, will race his Chevrolet Camaro SS with a Valvoline logo from the 1970’s.
“I’ve chosen to run a limited schedule this season,” 2017 Gainesville national event winner Shane Gray said. “Racing alongside my dad and Tanner at Indy with each of us carrying the Valvoline logos from different eras will be a lot of fun and I am looking forward to it.”
And Tanner, Johnny’s grandson, will race his Chevrolet Camaro SS with a Valvoline logo from 2000.
“Getting the opportunity to race alongside my grandpa and dad at an event like the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals is pretty special,” the eighteen year old Gray said. “Having an opportunity to make more history by being the first three generations of one family to compete professionally in the same class makes this rookie season I am having even more awesome.”
Gray Motorsports will test August 28-29, 2017 at zMax Dragway in Concord, NC in preparation for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.
Along with the respective logos, a four episode video series will be available exclusively to Team Valvoline (https://team.valvoline.com/), which includes interviews with each driver as well as a first look at all three generations of Gray together speaking about this historical event.
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