Sprint CEO Dan Hesse confirmed last night that the telecommunications giant has signed an extension of its title sponsorship of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, extending the agreement through the 2016 season.
Tonight would not be possible without the resolute leadership of NASCAR. They have made a number of bold changes over the past 18 months, from adding Chase "Wild Card" spots, to revising the points system, to allowing NASCAR drivers to BE NASCAR drivers. This leadership creates an environment that allows the best drivers, crew members and engineers in the world to deliver racing excitement that captivates us every week.
"I could not be more pleased to announce and celebrate tonight, that Sprint and NASCAR have agreed to an extension of our relationship, ensuring that through at least the 2016 season, every Champion crowned will be a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion."
Hesse concluded his remarks by presenting a point fund check for $5.8 million to 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart.