VP Racing Fuels was founded by Steve Burns, who initially exhibited his aptitude for R&D in the early 1970's as a young racer in San Antonio, Texas. Self-taught in chemistry and physics, Steve was convinced the race fuel manufacturers of the day were falling short in their quest for optimum horsepower. To address this shortcoming, he began experimenting with exotic blends of fuel, much to the dismay of his parents whose garage served as Steve's laboratory. Steve began at the local tracks in South Texas, where racers tried his fuel and liked the power gains. His first fuel was christened "C12", the word spread and Steve's company was founded as VP Racing Fuels in 1974.
Several of VP's earliest customers went on to become some of the most successful drag racers in history, including multi-time NHRA champions Warren Johnson and Bob Glidden. Early R&D work was accomplished with the help of the Reher-Morrison team and others who were among the most influential engine builders in the industry. Recognition from the most successful teams in racing helped VP evolve into a household name in racing pits around the country, with C12 going on to become arguably the most successful race fuel in motorsports.