In 2016, Shell and Penske Corporation look to celebrate their on-going alliance in North America with a number of key milestones and continued successes, on and off the race track.

The alliance, which was forged in 2011, features Shell and Pennzoil sponsorship of Team Penske entries in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the Verizon IndyCar Series. In addition, Shell and Pennzoil continue to be the preferred supplier of fuels, lubricants and related products to the entire Penske organization.

For Team Penske, 2016 will be a significant year as they celebrate their 50th anniversary in motorsports. The team waved the green flag on the commemorative activities by displaying an exhibit at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC in late January with a similar display to debut in mid-February at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. Each display will showcase cars spanning multiple racing disciplines from 1966 to present. Cars owned and prepared by Team Penske have produced 424 major race wins, 487 pole positions, and 28 national championships in the half-decade.

2015 was a phenomenally successful year on the track for the Shell-supported teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Verizon IndyCar Series.

A number of key victories including two of the biggest, the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500, highlighted a year where teams in each series had dominant runs and championship aspirations.

In NASCAR, Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion) further established himself to be an annual championship contender by scoring a series-high six victories including the biggest race of the year – the Daytona 500. Logano found himself atop the standings most of the season while earning career-best numbers in nearly every statistical category. He was no longer considered a tough competitor and occasional race winner, but was now one of the sport’s true stars and a force to be reckoned with.

Helio Castroneves, Indianapolis, IN, USA - May 10-21, 2015; Indianapolis 500 practice and qualifications
Helio Castroneves and team, Indianapolis, IN, USA - May 10-21, 2015; Indianapolis 500 practice and qualifications

In the Verizon IndyCar Series, Team Penske captured their 16th Indianapolis 500 victory when Juan Pablo Montoya held off teammate Will Power for his second career win in one of the most prestigious races in the world.

Montoya lost the 2015 IndyCar Series title in a heart-breaking tiebreaker at the end of the season after finishing tied in points with another driver.

Three-time Indianapolis 500 champion, Helio Castroneves, carried the Shell V-Power NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline colors for Shell in two IndyCar races last year, and with another successful season in 2015, moved even higher among the ranking greats in IndyCar history.

Helio ranks fourth all-time in pole positions won with 45, is tied for 11th in wins, and second with 38 second-place finishes in the series. Castroneves will carry the famous Pennzoil “Yellow Submarine” colors on his No. 3 Chevrolet in the 100th running of the Indy500 this year. With a win, Castroneves would join an elite group of only three other drivers to visit victory lane four times at the famous Brickyard in The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

In 2014, Pennzoil introduced Pennzoil Platinum® Full Synthetic motor oils with PurePlus™ Technology, fully synthetic motor oils formulated from natural gas. Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic motor oil with PurePlus™ Technology 0W-40 motor oil is the exact same oil that Team Penske and all other Chevrolet race teams in the Verizon IndyCar Series use right-out-of-the-bottle in all of their V6 powered race cars.

Shell and Pennzoil will also be associate sponsors on all Team Penske cars competing throughout the 2016 season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Xfinity Series and Verizon IndyCar Series.

The Team Penske relationship is an extension of the Shell and Pennzoil racing legacy. Pennzoil first aligned with Team Penske as part of its IndyCar teams in 1983 and won two Indianapolis 500-mile races (1984 & 1988) with driver Rick Mears.

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