CHARLOTTE, NC - (Marketwired - January 12, 2016) - On Tuesday, executives of the 600 Festival™ Association announced the return of Circle K Stores as the title sponsor of the 22nd and 23rd annual Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street.
"To secure a partner like Circle K Stores is a testament to the legacy of this event," said Jacqueline Gafrarar, executive director of the 600 Festival Association. "However, it is our shared passion and commitment to grow this annual event and deliver an even better guest experience that will make Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street truly exceptional."
The three-day, family-friendly festival in Charlotte, North Carolina, is recognized for live musical entertainment, appearances by NASCAR's stars and interactive displays from a variety of sponsors.
"We are very excited to continue our title sponsorship of Speed Street," said Tom Harman, director of marketing for Circle K Southeast. "We look forward to continue raising awareness around the event and providing a family-friendly atmosphere that will keep people coming year after year. This year we have focused on customizing the event to increase the excitement and drive more traffic by listening to what the fans want and delivering on that promise."
In 2016, Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street will take place May 26-28 and in 2017, May 25-27. As one of the largest street festivals in the Southeast, Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street is open daily from noon to 11 p.m. ET.
As producer of the event for 20 years, JHE Production Group President Jay Howard added, "We are excited about the event's future with Circle K and Kangaroo as lead sponsors. Our patrons have asked for an increased level of musical talent and more appearances by the stars of NASCAR. This new partnership enables us to deliver on both fronts, creating a memorable event."
For more than 31 years, the 600 Festival Association has commemorated the May races at Charlotte Motor Speedway with family-oriented events that support the growth of motor sports.
This year's lineup of events includes the May 6 Movies on the Campus in conjunction with Jiggy with the Piggy in Kannapolis; Haulers on Union in Concord on May 19; the Little 600 at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville May 24; the Speed Street 5K and Kids 600 Yard Fun Run on May 28; and Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street.
For more information or to obtain the event logo and/or images, please visit the 600 Festival Association news room here.
The 600 Festival Association is a nonprofit that has been commemorating the May races at Charlotte Motor Speedway with spectacular, family-oriented events for more than 31 years. This year's lineup of events includes Movies on the Campus in conjunction with Jiggy with the Piggy in Kannapolis (May 6); Haulers on Union in Concord (May 19); Little 600 at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville (May 24); the Speed Street 5K and Kids 600 Yard Fun Run (May 28); and Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street in uptown Charlotte (May 26-28). For more information on the five 2016 600 Festival Association events, visit www.600festival.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter @600festival and Instagram @600festival.
Circle K Stores Inc. and The Pantry, Inc. are part of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. ("Couche-Tard") which is the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry. In the United States, it is the largest independent convenience store operator in terms of number of company-operated stores. In Europe, Couche-Tard is a leader in convenience store and road transportation fuel in Scandinavian and Baltic countries while it has a significant presence in Poland.
As of February 1, 2015, Couche-Tard's network comprised 6,314 convenience stores throughout North America, including 4,870 stores with road transportation fuel dispensing. Its North-American network consists of 13 business units, including nine in the United States covering 40 states and four in Canada covering all ten provinces. More than 60,000 people are employed throughout its network and at the service offices in North America. Following the acquisition of The Pantry, Inc. on March 16, 2015, more than 1,500 additional stores were added to the network in the United States, totaling 7,815 convenience stores approximately, more than 75,000 people.
In Europe, Couche-Tard operates a broad retail network across Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), Poland, the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) and Russia, which comprised 2,233 stores as at February 1, 2015, the majority of which offer road transportation fuel and convenience products while the others are unmanned automated service-stations which offer road transportation fuel only. The Corporation also offers other products, including stationary energy, marine fuel, aviation fuel, lubricants and chemicals. Couche-Tard operates key fuel terminals and fuel depots in eight countries. Including employees at Statoil branded franchise stations, about 17,500 people work in its retail network, terminals and service offices across Europe.
In addition, about 4,600 stores are operated by independent operators under the Circle K banner in 12 other countries worldwide (China, Guam, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam) which brings to more than 13,100 the number of sites in Couche-Tard's network.
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