ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Bankers Financial Corporation (BFC), the St. Petersburg-based insurance, surety and business solutions company, announced a continuation of its associate sponsorship of the Ed Carpenter Racing (ECR) No. 21 Chevrolet, driven by Josef Newgarden, for the 2016 Firestone Grand Prix. The event will take place March 11-13, 2016 in the downtown streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. and marks the beginning of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship.
"This is a great opportunity for Bankers to support a local event and build awareness for Bankers in our hometown," Bankers Chief Marketing Officer Bill Lafontaine said. "Partnering with ECR owner Ed Carpenter and driver Josef Newgarden is an ideal way for Bankers to continue to build our brand in the St. Petersburg area."
Team owner Carpenter is the only owner/driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series. "Having Bankers join us as a sponsor for the Firestone Grand Prix is very exciting as we kick off the 2016 season and continue our momentum with Josef following his two race wins last year. I have always run our race team with family in mind, so it is a great fit to have family-owned Bankers continue as a valuable team member," stated the two-time Indianapolis 500 pole position winner.
Practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg begins on March 11, 2016 with the race beginning at 1:00 pm ET on Sunday, March 13, 2016.
SOURCE Bankers Financial Corporation