Pennzoil, INDYCAR Launch Pennzoil Performance+ Racing Oil

Shell, Pennzoil and INDYCAR continue to advance their sustainability journey by unveiling the new Pennzoil Performance+ Racing Oil using re-refined base oil (RRBO) to deliver top engine performance with less greenhouse gas emissions.

INDYCAR teams will use Pennzoil Performance+ Racing Oil during the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge and throughout the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

“We are thrilled to have Pennzoil Performance+ Racing Oil as the Official Lubricant of the 2024 NTT INDYCAR SERIES and to help showcase the advancements in technology and performance of motor oil made with a re-refined base oil,” said Bree Sandlin, vice president, Shell Lubricants Marketing North America. “INDYCAR is a premier testing ground to prove the reliability and durability of our lubricant technologies for use in demanding road conditions.”

The use of RRBO in Pennzoil Performance+ Racing Oil conserves non-renewable resources by reducing its use of base oils made from primary fossil material. The re-refined base oil component used reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 50%[3] compared to the base oil used in the Pennzoil products formulated for the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

When combining RRBO with our premium additives, Pennzoil Performance+ Racing Oil delivers a 15% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions1 compared to the Pennzoil products formulated for the 2023 racing season.

“Pennzoil Performance+ Racing Oil has been rigorously tested and approved by INDYCAR, Chevrolet and Honda to meet the high-performance requirements for racing without compromise to performance,” said Bassem Kheireddin, Shell Motorsports technology manager.

“The addition of Pennzoil Performance+ Racing Oil using re-refined base oil is another significant milestone as we continue to move toward a more sustainable future for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and the motorsports industry,” Penske Entertainment Corp. President and CEO Mark Miles said.

Re-refined base oil (RRBO)

The re-refined base oil (RRBO) used in Pennzoil Performance+ Racing Oil is created from used lubricants that undergo advanced re-refining processes, resulting in high-quality base oil that can be used as a component to formulate new lubricant products. Generally, when oil has reached the end of its ‘useful’ life and has been drained from a vehicle or equipment, re-refining can remove depleted additives and contaminants that accumulate in motor oil during use.

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