NAPA Racing UK name forms 2022 partnership with Motorbase

NAPA Auto Parts will partner with Motorbase for the 2022 BTCC season to form NAPA Racing UK in a new commercial partnership.

Motorbase Performance will field two of their Ford Focus STs to form the ‘NAPA Racing UK’ name for their 2022 British Touring Car Championship campaign.

The North American and UK automotive parts manufacturer will expand from their existing US motorsport presence in NASCAR and IndyCar.

Their first 2022 driver will be confirmed in the upcoming days.

Pete Osborne, Motorbase Performance Team Owner and Team Principal said: “I’m absolutely delighted to welcome NAPA (National Automotive Parts Association) to Motorbase and the BTCC, it’s a huge brand in America in the automotive parts industry and one with a great motorsport history.

“Now they’re entering the UK market, it’s only natural NAPA should choose the BTCC to showcase the brand.

“In the short period we’ve been working with NAPA you can see clearly what their targets are and they align perfectly with ours.

“There’s ambition with a big picture in mind.

“We’re extremely proud to be promoting the NAPA brand both on and off track and we’re looking forward to a long and successful partnership. NAPA Racing has arrived, let’s go racing!”

Credit: BTCC

Motorbase claimed two victories and eight podium finishes throughout the 2021 season.

The NAPA Racing banner will take over two of the four Motorbase-run Focus STs, with the other remaining as part of MB Motorsport.

NAPA were introduced to the UK in 2019 by the Alliance Automotive Group with 24 existing products.

Steve Richardson, Alliance Automotive Group UK Manager, NAPA Racing added: “This partnership represents a ground-breaking opportunity for the NAPA brand.

“We are all very excited to bring the Motorbase team into the fold and are eagerly anticipating our shared future in the upcoming BTCC season.”

The 2022 championship will kick off at Donington Park on 23-24 April to mark the beginning of the hybrid era.