WELD Racing to be Title Sponsor of 2017 Capitani Classic Presented by Great Southern Bank

Wednesday, April 05, 2017
WELD Racing, one of the most respected brands in all of auto racing, has partnered with Knoxville Raceway as the title sponsor of the 2017 WELD Racing Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank. The race honors the late Knoxville Raceway track promoter Ralph Capitani, who passed away in February.

“We are extremely excited to be the title sponsor of this awesome event for racers and fans that showcases our products in action,” said Norm Young, President and CEO of WELD Racing. “The 2017 WELD Racing Capitani Classic will be one of the biggest Sprint Car events of the year and is the perfect way to honor the hard work and dedication of the late Ralph Capitani whose tireless efforts made Knoxville Raceway one of the greatest racing venues.”

The WELD Racing Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank is one of the biggest events in all of sprint car racing. Held on Sunday, August 6, the event kicks off the 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores week. The race also hosts the Greenland Homes Pole Shootout, a knockout-style dash to set the starting line-up of the feature event.

This year’s event will hold even more significance as the racing community continues to honor the loss of one of the greatest promoters in sprint car history.

“We are proud to have WELD Racing celebrate its 50th anniversary with us at Knoxville Raceway,” said Kendra Jacobs, Director of Marketing at Knoxville Raceway. “WELD has a long history of speed, innovation and success – all things that we value at Knoxville, too. It’s a great partnership. Obviously this year’s Capitani Classic will carry a new meaning without Ralph (Capitani) here with us. I’m glad the folks at Weld, who knew Cappy and his impact on the sport, will be with us to honor him.”

Shane Stewart, driver of the Larson Marks Racing No. 2, is the two-time defending winner of the Capitani Classic. More than 60 drivers and teams competed in the 2016 event.

Tickets for the 2017 WELD Racing Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank start at just $20 and are available at or by calling the Knoxville Raceway ticket office at 641-842-5431.

About WELD
WELD, based in Kansas City, Missouri, is the technology and manufacturing leader in the performance wheel market. Since 1967, WELD is a pioneer in wheel engineering and manufactures the highest quality forged race wheels for dirt, oval and drag racing, along with wheels for performance street cars and trucks. Each WELD wheel is precision engineered for maximum performance on the street, off road and at the track. WELD brands include WELD Racing, CCW Forged Performance, WELD Racing XT, and HiPer Technology by WELD products. WELD is part of the Cisneros Corporation

About Cisneros Corporation
Cisneros Corporation is a third generation global family enterprise led by Eduardo, Andres and Henrique Cisneros. Conceived in 1929 by Diego Cisneros and championed by Ricardo Cisneros, the three brothers continue to grow and push new boundaries. With experience in numerous industries across media, telecom and consumer goods, Cisneros Corp. leverages its vast experience to find and create opportunities around the world.

For further PR information, contact:
David Hakim
HP2 Communications (WELD Racing)