Sunoco Refuels Record Number of Vehicles in 60 Minutes

The stunt set an official new Guinness World Records title for the most vehicles fueled in an hour.

October 31, 2018

QUEENS, N.Y. – On October 27, Sunoco succeeded in its attempt to set an official new Guinness World Records title for most vehicles refueled in one hour—148 vehicles. The record-setting feat took place during a NASCAR-inspired event—complete with a NASCAR pit crew fuel man, pace car, spotters and lap counter board—in which the new Sunoco app was put to the test.

“We’re thrilled to have set a new lap counter board title,” said Sandy Deiters, senior marketing director at Sunoco LP, in a press release. “The app is free to use and customers can just tap, pump and go – there’s minimal waiting and plenty of additional benefits like digital receipts and location-specific offers.”

At 12:01 pm, a string of vehicles began lining up at 12 designated pumps at a Sunoco station in Queens, New York, looking to score a free tank of gas and to be a part of Sunoco history. At 12:15 pm, John Gianninoto, No. 9 Team NASCAR pit crew member, and brand ambassadors (spotters) took their places near each of the 12 pumps and prepared for the 60-second countdown beginning at 12:59 pm.

At 1:00 pm, the official one-hour countdown clock started, and each spotter prompted the Sunoco app for payment. The official pumper, John Gianninoto, raced to beat the clock as each spotter waived a green flag when a vehicle was ready to be filled. Once the tank was filled, the spotters waived a checkered flag, signaling for John to close the pump and cueing for the next vehicle to drive up. In order to be counted as a fill-up, at least half a tank of gas was pumped for each car. At 2:00 pm, an air horn signaled the end of the event.

Afterwards, an official Guinness World Records adjudicator presented Sunoco and John Gianninoto with a lap counter board title for “Most Vehicles Refueled in One Hour.”