STP History

60 Years of power, performance and protection

It all started in a backyard garage in St. Joseph, Missouri in 1954. Three men created an oil treatment that would help protect car engines, helping them to maintain optimum performance and last longer.

The three men, Charles Dwight (Doc) Liggett, Jim Hill and Robert DeHart, named the company STP, for Scientifically Treated Petroleum. The STP® brand grew from virtual obscurity to a position of dominance on the world stage. Market share grew from 7% in 1963 to an amazing 85% by 1970.

By the late 60s, STP® Oil Treatment additive and free STP® decals were available in 99% of the 238,000 petrol stations and 37,000 car parts wholesalers across the USA

The racing heritage for the STP® brand has a long track record of success. STP® sponsored its own Indy Car racing team, featuring Mario Andretti, the winner of the 1969 Indianapolis 500. In 1972 STP made headlines throughout the world by beginning its association with future stock car legend Richard Petty, a partnership that continues to this day, with Petty Enterprises'famous #43.

Drivers of cars sponsored by STP include the world's most famous drivers, such as Mario Andretti, Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Juan Pablo Montoya, Richard Petty, Jochen Rindt, Al Unser, Alex Zanardi.

Today STP® has a presence in practically every country in the world.

  • 1960

    STP's first gas product launched – STP® Gas Treatment

  • 1969

    STP sponsored its own Indy Car racing team featuring Mario Andretti. STP® became a public corporation and shares went on the American Stock Exchange

  • 1978

    The STP® brand introduced new, improved grades of motor oil and sleek-looking, easy-to-pour Gas Treatment containers

  • 2011

    The STP® brand sponsored the Nationwide Series race STP® 300 and the Sprint Cup Series race STP® 400

  • 2014

    STP® launched STP® Ultra 5-in-1 Fuel System Cleaner, the most advanced STP formula ever made

  • 1954

    STP company founded, first product – STP® Oil Treatment – launched

  • 1963

    STP got involved with auto and boat racing

  • 1972

    The STP® brand made headlines throughout the world by beginning its association with future stock car legend Richard Petty

  • 1990

    The STP® brand has reached a presence in nearly every country in the world

  • 2013

    STP became the title sponsor of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series. STP returned as co-primary sponsor of the Richard Petty 2013 STP Gas Booster 500