Sunoco to sponsor Indy 500 rookie of the year

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Fuel company Sunoco will be the presenting sponsor of the rookie of the year award at the Indianapolis 500, its latest step in a longstanding relationship with the race.

Among those who have won the award are Parnelli Jones, Mario Andretti and Tony Stewart.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles said Wednesday that “what makes the award exciting is that a driver who might not have had the best of practice or qualifying leading up to the race could put it all together on race day and make a strong showing when it counts.”

The award is voted on by speedway officials, IndyCar officials and the media. The winner will be announced Monday, the day after the 98th running of the Indy 500. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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