Shell Oil and Penske Racing unveiled on Thursday their 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and IZOD IndyCar Series car color schemes along with important driver details for the 2011 season. Officials from both companies met with members of the media at the Penske-Wynn Ferrari dealership at the Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nev., to unveil both the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge that Kurt Busch will drive throughout the 2011 season and the No. 3 Shell V-Power-Pennzoil Ultra Dallara/Honda that Helio Castroneves will race at the Indianapolis 500 next May.
In April, Shell and Penske Corporation announced a multi-year cross-business alliance to begin with the 2011 racing season. The deal includes primary sponsorship of Busch's new No. 22 Dodge entry in Sprint Cup (teammate Brad Keselowski will drive Busch'fs former No. 2 Miller Lite car in Cup next year), as well as associate sponsorships promoting Shell's V-Power and Pennzoil Ultra brands in IndyCar with Castroneves, Will Power and Ryan Briscoe.
“I am very excited to be working with Shell and Pennzoil this season,” said Castroneves. “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!”
“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. “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.”
Penske Racing entries have twice raced to victory at Indy in Pennzoil yellow in 1984 and '88, both times with Rick Mears at the wheel. Castroneves will attempt to join Mears, A.J. Foyt and Al Unser as a four-time Indy winner next May.