Mars, Incorporated Sweetens Deal With Joe Gibbs Racing
HACKETTSTOWN, N.J., March 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Mars, Incorporated announced today that it is continuing its partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) through a new multi-year deal. The deal will extend the winning partnership that has brought the No. 18 Toyota to victory lane 14 times since 2008. The centerpiece of the partnership will continue to be the popular M&M’SÃ‚® brand as the primary paint scheme on JGR’s No. 18 Toyota.
“From connecting with NASCAR fans to engaging our retail partners, our partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing has proved to be tremendously successful,” explained Debra A. Sandler, Chief Consumer Officer at Mars Chocolate North America. “We’re thrilled to extend this partnership and look forward to celebrating more wins both on and off the track.”
“Mars and its iconic brands are a big part of the Joe Gibbs Racing family and we’re excited to continue what has become a winning relationship,” added Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “We are blessed through our relationship with Mars and the privilege to continue our partnership for years to come. Their brands have been a big part of our sport for a long time and we’re honored to carry them on the No. 18. Everyone at JGR is committed to ensuring they experience the type of success on and off the track deserving of such an outstanding company.”
“Our partnership has worked so well because everyone at Mars welcomed us from the very beginning and it’s grown from there,” said Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Toyota for JGR. “This is great news for everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing and our fans, but also shows how dedicated Mars is to our sport. We’ve really enjoyed our trips to victory lane with all of the Mars brands and we are committed to doing our part to continue a winning partnership and friendship.”
The multi-year partnership will continue the current level of Mars sponsorship of the No. 18 Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the sport’s top series.
About Mars, Incorporated:
In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars’ first roots as a confectionery company. In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAYÃ‚® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of building a business based on the philosophy of a “mutuality of benefits” for all stakeholders – this vision serves as the foundation of the Mars, Incorporated we are today. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $30 billion and six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks and Symbioscience. More than 65,000 Associates worldwide are putting our Mars Principles in action every day to make a difference for people and the planet through our performance.
Mars brands include: Chocolate – M&M’SÃ‚®, SNICKERSÃ‚®, DOVEÃ‚®, GALAXYÃ‚®, MARSÃ‚®, MILKY WAYÃ‚® and TWIXÃ‚®; Petcare – PEDIGREEÃ‚®, WHISKASÃ‚®, SHEBAÃ‚®, CESARÃ‚® and ROYAL CANINÃ‚®; Wrigley – ORBITÃ‚®, EXTRAÃ‚®, STARBURSTÃ‚®, DOUBLEMINTÃ‚® and SKITTLESÃ‚®; Food – UNCLE BEN’SÃ‚®, DOLMIOÃ‚®, EBLYÃ‚®, MASTERFOODSÃ‚® and SEEDS OF CHANGEÃ‚®; Drinks – ALTERRA COFFEE ROASTERS(TM), THE BRIGHT TEA CO.(TM), KLIXÃ‚® and FLAVIAÃ‚®; Symbioscience -SERAMISÃ‚®, CIRKU(TM) and COCOAVIA(TM).
For more information, please visit www.mars.com.
About Joe Gibbs Racing:
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) is one of the premier organizations in NASCAR, currently fielding three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams, three NASCAR Nationwide Series teams and a driver development program. Its driver lineup consists of Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano in the Sprint Cup Series, while Brian Scott joins those three in the Nationwide Series along with Michael McDowell. JGR also boasts Darrell Wallace, Jr. and Max Gresham in its driver development program. Based in Huntersville, N.C., and owned by Joe Gibbs – a three-time Super Bowl winner as head coach of the Washington Redskins and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame – JGR has competed in NASCAR since 1992, winning three Cup Series championships, and three Nationwide Series owner’s championship along with more than 150 NASCAR races, including three Brickyard 400s and the 1993 Daytona 500.
SOURCE Mars, Incorporated