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Over 60 years of shared passion for performance with Ferrari on and off the track came to life on November 14 – 17 in Austin for the 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX weekend and Austin Fan Fest fueled by Shell.
Heritage runs deep for Shell and Scuderia Ferrari. Our long-standing technical partnership and collaboration has helped drive innovations that help ensure the most performance for drivers on the track and off.
Today, we have a world-class road fuel, Shell V-Power Premium Gasoline, which contains 99% the same types of compounds found in the Shell V-Power race fuel being used by Ferrari in the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship.
Grand Prix Houston - October 4 - 6
“We are thrilled to be returning to Houston,” said Michael T. Lanigan, Chairman and CEO of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston.
“The Grand Prix was very successful in 2006 and 2007, with big crowds at Reliant Park witnessing an exciting three-day festival of speed. In 2013 it will be better than ever, with the IZOD IndyCar Series making its debut in the Bayou City, and a great new title sponsor in Shell and Pennzoil. We are looking forward to a long and productive relationship with Shell and Pennzoil as well as the IZOD IndyCar Series.”
Shell and Pennzoil have a long history with the IZOD IndyCar Series; and with our lubricants in the IndyCars, we view the racetrack as today's laboratory for tomorrow's road cars," said Shell Oil Company President Marvin Odum. "There are few better places to show that off than at a Grand Prix in our own backyard."
“It is important for the IZOD IndyCar Series to bring events to major markets to not only grow the series, but to expand the audience and create new fans of the sport,” said owner of Penske Racing, Roger Penske.
“With the history of open-wheel racing in downtown Houston and at Reliant Park, this is a great opportunity to bring a vibrant street race to the fourth-largest city in the United States. We look forward to working closely with our sponsors at Shell and Pennzoil to make this a truly special event.”
“I’m excited about the IZOD IndyCar Series bringing a street race back to a city the size of Houston,” said Helio Castroneves, driver of the No. 3 Shell V-Power/Pennzoil Ultra Chevrolet.
“It’s always fun to put on a great show in front of large crowds, and with Houston being a gateway to Central and South America, it’s important for the series’ Latin America audience to have the opportunity to experience these urban festivals that always have a fun and exciting atmosphere.
"My fellow drivers and I are looking forward to putting on a great show for the people of Houston and really appreciate our sponsors from Shell and Pennzoil in making that happen.”
Currently, Helio Castroneves is the overall leader in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar series with a 49 point lead over second place. He will be carrying the Shell V-Power/Pennzoil Ultra paint scheme on his No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet in both events in Houston. With the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston representing the third and second-to-last race in the season, it’s very possible that Helio could wrap up the championship over the SPGPH weekend.
In 2006 and 2007, the Grand Prix of Houston had an estimated economic impact of more than $35 million per year to the region and resulted in substantial international exposure for the City of Houston and Harris County. With this in mind, City of Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett founded the Grand Prix Local Organizing Committee (LOC) in 2010, and local businessman George DeMontrond was appointed as Chairman.
The LOC was established with the intent of identifying a title sponsor to make the Grand Prix’s return possible, the announcement in 2012 represented the culmination of that effort.
Organizers of the SPGPH are planning a “three-day festival of speed”, with a variety of family-friendly activities complementing world-class racing. The weekend will feature the third and final “double-header” for the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2013.