One of the most competitive cars in racing, the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion, will help raise awareness about the importance of safe digging during five races in 2015. Shell Pipeline Company L.P. (SPLC) and the Common Ground Alliance are working with Team Penske on the program, which will highlight 811, the national “Call Before You Dig” hotline, at the races immediately preceding and following National 811 Day on August 11:

  • July 11 (Kentucky)
  • July 26 (Indianapolis)
  • August 9 (Watkins Glen)
  • August 16 (Michigan)
  • November 1 (Martinsville)

“We’re bringing back this program for a seventh year because it’s such an important cause. Every time we display the 811 logo on the decklid of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion in a race the Common Ground Alliance sees an increase in 811 calls,” said Greg Smith, President of SPLC. “When somebody starts a digging project without calling 811, they run the risk of damaging pipelines or knocking out power or gas to an entire neighborhood, for which they can be held financially responsible. It’s critical that everyone remember to call before digging, even for small projects.”

“We are proud to continue to support Shell in the longstanding work they do to further awareness of safe digging practices,” said Roger Penske. “Just like Joey has a spotter to let him know whether or not it is clear before he makes a move on the track, 811 helps you make sure you are clear to break ground.”

SPLC and the Common Ground Alliance are announcing the program on March 31st, a day before National Safe Digging Month begins.

811 is the national number designated by the Federal Communications Commission to help protect do-it-yourselfers, landscapers and contractors from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines while working on digging projects – large and small. A quick and easy call to 811 will connect you with a local One Call Center operator who will record information about your dig location and notify the underground facility operators so they can mark the approximate location of underground utilities and pipelines.  Once the lines are marked, you can begin to dig, but always dig with care.

For more information about safe digging practices and what you can do to avoid causing injury or damaging infrastructure, visit www.call811.com.

About Shell Pipeline Company L.P.:  For more than 95 years, Shell Pipeline Company LP, a subsidiary of Shell Oil Company, has helped meet America’s energy needs. We transport more than 1.5 billion barrels of crude oil and refined products annually through thousands of miles of pipelines located in five states.

Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of the Royal Dutch Shell plc, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with 93,000 employees in more than 90 countries. [(NYSE:RDS.A) and (NYSE:RDS.B)]

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