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Grand Prix of Houston Showcases Lubricants

Continuing a rich motorsports history, Shell Lubricants has proven again during the recent Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston that its relationship with IndyCar translates learning from the track to real-world benefits on the road and beyond.
Three-time Indy 500 champion and driver of the No. 3 Team Penske Shell V-Power/Pennzoil Ultra Chevrolet, Helio Castroneves, competed for the checkered flag during IZOD IndyCar Series Race #2 on Sunday, October 6, 2013, as part of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston.  During the race weekend, Shell showcased its motorsports technical alliances to the racing community and consumers, highlighted by Pennzoil Ultra 0W-40 full synthetic motor oil, which was used on the track all weekend, and is the same oil consumers can purchase and use on the road.(Photo Credit: Pennzoil/Kinnon Marshall)

Three-time Indy 500 champion and driver of the No. 3 Team Penske Shell V-Power/Pennzoil Ultra Chevrolet, Helio Castroneves, competed for the checkered flag during IZOD IndyCar Series Race #2 on Sunday, October 6, 2013, as part of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston. During the race weekend, Shell showcased its motorsports technical alliances to the racing community and consumers, highlighted by Pennzoil Ultra 0W-40 full synthetic motor oil, which was used on the track all weekend, and is the same oil consumers can purchase and use on the road.(Photo Credit: Pennzoil/Kinnon Marshall)

“As American road cars evolve to more closely reflect race car technology, the demand to deliver higher performance and improved fuel efficiency is at its peak,” said Istvan Kapitany, President of Shell Commercial Fuels and Lubricants Americas.

“Through our motorsports technical partnerships, Shell is able to garner technology insights to aid in the production of innovative lubricants for these new and demanding engine technologies.”

In an effort to accurately and efficiently test lubricant technology deemed compatible for consumer-owned vehicles, Pennzoil technology is used off the shelf in all of its Chevrolet twin-turbocharged V-6 engines that compete in the IZOD IndyCar Series.

The Pennzoil Ultra™ 0W-40 full synthetic motor oil, which was used on the track during the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston, is the same oil consumers can purchase and use on the road.

Shell showcased its motorsports technical alliances to the racing community and consumers during the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston. This included its key technical partnership with Penske Racing’s NASCAR and IndyCar teams, which over time, has provided a testing ground for lubricant technologies and products in demanding road conditions.

At an executive media lunch, Bud Denker, Executive Vice President of Penske Performance, joined Kapitany to talk about the Shell/Penske relationship. Said Denker,

“At Penske Racing, our Chevrolet IndyCar engines are designed to deliver extremely high power outputs and reach very high engine speeds in each race. We take comfort in knowing that Shell supplies us with the top-tier lubrication performance that is demanded by our engines.”