Pastrana To Kick Off Sunoco Free Fuel 5000 In Vegas

Travis Pastrana helps launch the seventh annual Sunoco Free Fuel 5000 promotion this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Las Vegas MGM Hotel in a style fitting for the action sports star embarking on a NASCAR career in 2011.

The 11-time X Games gold medal winner plans a 75-foot, ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jump over the familiar Sunoco logo and barrels, representing 5,000 gallons of Sunoco gasoline to kick off Sunoco’s Free Fuel 5000 promotion. The promotion officially began on June 1 and ends August 31.

Taking part in the Sunoco Free Fuel 5000 promotion is easy. Simply visit any participating Sunoco station, pick up a free Sunoco decal, put it on your car, and visit Sunoco stations on a regular basis for a chance to be “spotted” for your chance to win. There will be spotters at every Sunoco station at least once this summer, and there is no limit on how many times you can win. Winning is easy as well. In fact, 17,000 people won last year.

If you are at a Sunoco station and the Sunoco Prize Patrol sees a Sunoco decal on your car, you instantly win one of thousands of $10 Sunoco gift cards, and you are automatically entered to win 5,000 gallons of Sunoco fuel. To put this much free fuel in perspective, if a customer drives 12,000 miles each year and averages 20 miles per gallon, 5,000 gallons of Sunoco fuel would last for more than eight years.

“Sunoco is looking forward to another summer of rewarding our loyal consumers with free gas as well as providing one lucky Sunoco customer with 5,000 gallons of free fuel,” said Sunoco brand marketing manager Drew Kabakoff.

Pastrana will enter seven Nationwide races beginning in Indianapolis on July 30 driving the No. 99 Boost Mobile Toyota. He plans to run at least 20 races in 2012 driving for Pastrana-Waltrip Racing, which is owned by Pastrana, Michael Waltrip Racing along with Gary and Blake Bechtel.

“This is a pretty cool way for Sunoco and I to begin our relationship,” said Pastrana. “I’m really looking forward to the jump on Saturday as well as all the ways we’ll be promoting the Free Fuel 5000 over the next few months. Coming to NASCAR has been a lot of fun so far and it’s only just starting. It’s cool to see my fans turn on to NASCAR and to see the NASCAR fans take a look at some of the stuff we do with Nitro Circus.”

Sunoco and Pastrana plan to wage an aggressive social media effort through Pastrana’s and PWR’s Facebook, Twitter and websites reaching more than 25 million fans. Fans can visit Sunoco’s Facebook page this month to view Pastrana’s exclusive Vegas jump.  Additional behind-the-scenes videos of Pastrana and his Nitro Circus team as well as other exclusive activities will continue to be rolled out during the summer.

Sunoco will also be giving away Pastrana autographed items on its Facebook page

Pastrana is in Las Vegas this weekend performing with the Nitro Circus Live Show at the MGM Grand. No fewer than 10 world-firsts are planned to be attempted Saturday night. With sold-out shows in Australia and New Zealand, the international tour is being billed as the “greatest live action sports show of all time” for its stunning choreographed displays in FMX, BMX and skate, as well as world-first stunts and crazy contraptions launched off the infamous 50-foot high Nitro Giganta Ramp, all performed by the best action sports stars on the planet.

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