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|Traded as||NYSE: SAH|
|Founder||O Bruton Smith|
|Headquarters||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States|
|O Bruton Smith
Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer
B. Scott Smith
President, Chief Strategic Officer, Director
Sonic Automotive, Inc. (NYSE: SAH) is a Fortune 500 company based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is one of the largest automotive retailers in the United States. The company's founder and CEO is O Bruton Smith, who is also the founder and CEO of Speedway Motorsports (NYSE: TRK).  Sonic ranked 309th on the 2014 Fortune 500 list. The company also is a member of the Russell 2000 Index.
Sonic Automotive operates in 14 states with more than 100 dealerships representing 25 different brands of automobiles.These dealerships provide numerous services, including sales of new and used cars; sales of replacement parts; vehicle maintenance, warranty, paint, and collision repair services; and arrangement of extended warranty contracts, financing, and insurance for the company's customers.
Sonic Automotive was launched as a public company in November 1997 by O. Bruton Smith. At the time, the company had 20 stores, representing 15 brands and several hundred employees.