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.”