From Churchill Downs Inc.
International has been named the official truck of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby, officials said April 8. Churchill Downs Inc. and Navistar International Corp. have agreed to a two-year deal.
“We’re proud to make International the official truck of the Kentucky Derby,” said David Johanneson, Navistar group vice president for global sales, marketing, and distribution. “The rich tradition of this great sporting event plus the proud heritage of the International brand make this a strong combination.”
International vehicles will be on display at Churchill throughout the week leading up to the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Vehicles also will be highly visible throughout the spring and fall race meets; the water trucks that assist in maintenance of the racetrack between live races are International trucks.
“We appreciate Navistar’s continued support of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby,” said Jim Gates, general manager of Churchill Downs. “Their products have been great additions to our operation and are designed with the needs of the horse racing and breeding industry in mind.”
Navistar is a holding company whose wholly-owned subsidiaries produce International brand commercial and military trucks, diesel engines, IC brand school and commercial buses, and Workhorse brand chassis for motor homes and step vans.