Natural Gas Transmission Company Signs as Title Sponsor for Sunday’s Race
PALMETTO, Fla. – The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda is excited to announce a new partnership with Peninsula Pipeline which will see the Dover, Del.-based wholly owned subsidiary of the Chesapeake Utilities Corporation headline Round 4 of the championship. The Peninsula Pipeline Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be held this Sunday, March 24, on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., in support of INDYCAR.
“We are very pleased to have Peninsula Pipeline on board to support a fantastic event on our schedule,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions, the series promoter. “It is exciting for us to have a new company come in and explore the marketing platform that our series provides, and we will do our best to ensure that their staff and guests have a first-class experience. Our drivers put on two exciting shows at our season-opener this past week and we are looking forward to more great racing in St. Petersburg.”
Peninsula Pipeline was established in 2005 and serves large industrial customers, electric generators and local distribution companies throughout Florida. The company plays a significant role in improving Florida's fuel diversity and competitiveness by increasing the availability of natural gas in areas not currently served. Its parent company Chesapeake Utilities has a solid footprint in the state acquiring, in 2009, Florida Public Utilities Company, which has been providing energy to homes and businesses throughout the state since 1924.
Peninsula Pipeline and their guests will enjoy a VIP suite for entertaining, and participate in a variety of activities over the race weekend including exclusive paddock tours and driver meet-and-greets as well as involvement in race activities with honorary starters and podium presenters. In addition, all 31 cars on the USF2000 grid will carry Peninsula Pipeline branding throughout the event.
“We are very happy to be connected with such an exciting and prestigious event as the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg,” said Kevin Webber, Vice President of Peninsula Pipeline. “It provides a great platform to network, grow business opportunities and enjoy professional open-wheel racing.”
Race 1 of the doubleheader USF2000 weekend will take place on Saturday, March 23, at 12:15 pm ET. The green flag for the Peninsula Pipeline Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will fly at 9:30 am on Sunday, just prior to pre-race activities for the season-opening IZOD IndyCar Series race.
About Chesapeake Utilities Corporation:
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (Chesapeake) www.chpk.com , incorporated in 1947, is a utility company engaged in energy and other businesses. The Company operates in three segments: Regulated Energy, Unregulated Energy and Other. The Company operates regulated energy businesses through its natural gas distribution divisions in Delaware, Maryland and Florida, natural gas and electric distribution operations in Florida through Florida Public Utilities Company (FPU), and natural gas transmission operations on the Delmarva Peninsula and Florida through its subsidiaries, Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company (Eastern Shore) and Peninsula Pipeline Company, Inc. (Peninsula Pipeline), respectively. Its unregulated businesses include its natural gas marketing operation through Peninsula Energy Services Company, Inc. (PESCO); propane distribution operations through Sharp Energy, Inc. and its subsidiary Sharpgas, Inc. (collectively Sharp) and FPU’s propane distribution subsidiary, Flo-Gas Corporation; and its propane wholesale marketing operation through Xeron, Inc. (Xeron). It also has an advanced information services subsidiary, BravePoint, Inc. (BravePoint). In February 2013, Florida Public Utilities Company, a subsidiary of the Company announced that its propane subsidiary, Flo-Gas Corporation, purchased the propane operating assets of Glades Gas Company. Florida Public Utilities
(FPU) has been providing energy to homes and businesses throughout Florida since 1924. In 2009, Chesapeake Utilities acquired Florida Public Utilities. Chesapeake already operated in Florida as Central Florida Gas. This acquisition expanded Chesapeake’s energy presence throughout the state while providing FPU the opportunity to grow and expand its services. The two Companies share a combined rich history spanning 150 years and our commitment to distributing safe, reliable, fairly priced energy remains unchanged.
Florida Public Utilities Company (FPU) serves approximately 67,986 residential, commercial and industrial natural gas distribution customers in twenty counties in Florida, distributes electricity to approximately 30,986 customers in five counties in northeast and northwest Florida, and serves approximately 14,507 propane distribution customers.