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Shell, Pennzoil To Sponsor Helio's Car In 2011 Indianapolis 500


Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves will drive a car sponsored by Shell and Pennzoil in the 2011 edition of the race, Shell Oil Company and Penske Corporation officials announced Dec. 2 in Las Vegas.

Castroneves will attempt to become just the fourth four-time winner of the world’s most prestigious auto race in the No. 3 Shell V-Power®-Pennzoil Ultra™ Dallara/Honda. The 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500, “The Most Important Race in History,” is scheduled for Sunday, May 29, 2011 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“I am very excited to be working with Shell and Pennzoil this season, and I’m proud to have the opportunity to drive the beautiful Shell V-Power®-Pennzoil Ultra™ car in the 2011 Indianapolis 500 representing the No. 1 premium gasoline and Pennzoil’s most advanced motor oil in the U.S,” Castroneves said. “Shell and Pennzoil have such a great history in IndyCar racing, and they have certainly had some special moments with Penske Racing at the Indy 500. I hope we can create a little bit more history together this May at Indianapolis!”

Castroneves won the race for Team Penske in 2001, 2002 and 2009. Penske Racing has won the Indianapolis 500 a record 15 times.

Shell and Penske Corporation announced in April 2010 a multi-year cross-business alliance to begin with the 2011 racing season. As leaders in fuel and lubricant technology, the alliance allows Shell and Pennzoil to expand their motorsports presence to include primary sponsorship of 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch and as associate sponsorships promoting Shell V-Power® and Pennzoil Ultra™ with IZOD IndyCar Series drivers Castroneves, Will Power and Ryan Briscoe.

“Shell has more than a half-century of motorsports expertise and alliances allowing our organization to bring quality fuels and lubricants technology from the track to the road,” said Lisa Davis, president, Shell Lubricants, Americas. “Strategic alliances are very important to our organization, and the new relationship with a winning team like Penske provides us with additional opportunities to continue furthering our technological leadership and product development through the invaluable knowledge gained both on and off the track.”

The renewed alliance will provide Penske’s IndyCar and NASCAR teams with cutting edge Pennzoil Ultra racing oil technology for all their race cars. This also will enable further product development for Shell and Pennzoil through the invaluable knowledge gained surrounding fuels, lubricants and engine technologies. Like Shell and Pennzoil, Penske Corporation has a close relationship with Chrysler and Ferrari, both part of the Fiat Group.

“Shell and Pennzoil are two established and winning brands, and they will be strategic business providers for our Penske Automotive Group and Penske Truck Leasing businesses,” said Roger Penske, founder and chairman of Penske Corporation. “This is a very important global relationship for our organization, and we look forward to producing many victories for Shell and Pennzoil in NASCAR, in the IZOD IndyCar Series and across our businesses.”


2011 Indy 500 tickets: Tickets are on sale for the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500, “The Most Important Race in History,” on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Race Day ticket prices start at just $20. Fans can buy tickets online at, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or by visiting the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.

Children 12 and under will be receive free general admission to any IMS event in 2011 when accompanied by an adult general admission ticket holder.


Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.


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