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News   July 4, 2011   by Auto Service World

Consumers Can Buy This IndyCar Technology Off The Shelf

When the Izod IndCar Series rolls into Toronto this coming weekend, top teams will be employing a lot of special technology to keep their cars fast and reliable. One technology that consumers can buy off the shelf is motor oil, the same motor oil that many top IndyCar teams are using.
After a 20year absence from IndyCar racing, Pennzoil has returned to the sport in a big way. In addition to being back on the track through the brand’s multiyear alliance with Penske Racing and Penske Corporation, the brand’s premium Pennzoil Ultra Euro 5W40 motor oil was approved for use in all Honda Indy V8 engines that are competing in the 2011 Izod IndyCar Series.
And the Pennzoil Ultra Euro formulation used by IndyCar’s top teams is the same motor oil available to consumers today.
“Pennzoil is no stranger to Indy racing, so we are happy to add Pennzoil Ultra Euro 5W40 to the short list of motor oils approved to keep our engines in pristine condition and working at optimum efficiency,” said Roger Griffiths, technical director of Honda Performance Development. “The engines we build are designed to deliver extremely high power outputs and reach very high engine speeds in each race, and our dyno testing has demonstrated that Pennzoil Ultra provides the toptier lubrication performance that our engines require.”
This year, Pennzoil embarked on a multiyear alliance with Penske that expanded Pennzoil’s motorsports presence to include the Izod IndyCar Series. Pennzoil is a primary sponsor of the No. 3 Shell VPower Pennzoil Ultra Dallara/Honda, driven by threetime Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves.
Pennzoil Ultra Euro 5W40 is running in not only Castroneves’ IndyCar, but the cars of each of his Penske Racing teammates, Ryan Briscoe and Will Power, as well. Pennzoil has a long history of involvement in motorsports, beginning with Russ Snowberger in 1930.
Pennzoil’s history in Indy car racing has been highlighted victories by esteemed drivers Johnny Rutherford (1980), Rick Mears (1984, 1988), Danny Sullivan (1985) and Al Unser (1987).
“The opportunity to be in the engines of some of the top teams in Indy racing provides us with an environment to test our lubricants in extreme conditions,” said Pennzoil global brand manager Debbie Van Schalkwyk. “Pennzoil scientists gain insights from the track that can be translated directly into the formulation of our consumer motor oils.”
Pennzoil Ultra became a reality through the incredibly high standard set by the Pennzoil brand and delivered by Shell Lubricants technology teams around the world. Years of collaboration resulted in a Pennzoil Ultra formulation that helps to keep engines as close to factory clean as possible, and far exceeds the most stringent car manufacturer standards for cleanliness and protection1 – going beyond just lubricating and protecting an engine.
The Hyper Cleansing Technology built into Pennzoil Ultra plays a critical role in the engine. The oil lubricates moving engine parts to reduce friction and power loss, and helps keep the engine clean by seeking out and dissolving contaminants safely into the oil before they form deposits in the engine. Pennzoil Ultra is available in SAE 5W20, 5W30, 5W40, 10W30 and 10W60 viscosities.
Pennzoil Ultra 5W20, 5W30 and 10W30 viscosities can be found in major automotive retailers.
Ordering information for Pennzoil Ultra Euro 5W40 and 10W60 viscosities as well as additional information can be found at

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