Shell to Become official Fuel Supplier for Indycar in 2023

Shell, Pennzoil To Build on Long-Standing Relationship with NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Team Penske  Multiyear Extension To Include New, Official Fuel Designation for NTT INDYCAR SERIESINDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, May 26, 2022) – Equilon Enterprises LLC (d/b/a Shell Oil Products US) and Pennzoil-Quaker State Company announced today a multiyear extension and expansion of their sponsorship agreement with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) and Team Penske. Building on a longtime business relationship and technical alliance that began in motorsports and has extended well beyond the track, the agreement will feature exciting new opportunities between industry-leading organizations, beginning in 2023.The agreement includes engagement across all Penske Entertainment and Team Penske platforms:

Beginning in 2023, Shell will become the Official Fuel of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and IMS. Additional details regarding the Official Fuel designation for INDYCAR will be announced soon

.Shell-Pennzoil will continue its sponsorship of Team Penske’s winning INDYCAR and NASCAR programs.Shell and Pennzoil also will be primary sponsors for two of Team Penske’s entries in the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. Two-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Josef Newgarden will race the No. 2 Shell V-Power Chevrolet, and Scott McLaughlin will compete in the No. 3 Pennzoil Chevrolet at IMS.Pennzoil will extend its sponsorship as the Official Motor Oil and Lubricant Supplier of the IMS, INDYCAR and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.Pennzoil will continue to sponsor the Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard NASCAR Xfinity Series race in July at IMS.

Shell and Pennzoil will continue to serve as the preferred fuel and lubricant supplier for Penske Transportation Solutions and Penske Automotive Group.

“We are proud of the global business relationship with Shell and Pennzoil that extends across our Penske companies,” Roger Penske said. “Over the years, we have experienced great success together on the track, and the relationship has evolved to include our transportation business operations all over the world. Our teams are also working with Shell and Pennzoil on product development and multiple sustainability initiatives to help keep us focused on the future.”

“For more than 100 years, Shell has been forging long-lasting relationships that extend beyond the brand and products the company produces,” said Steve Reindl, president, Shell Lubricants Americas. “Our relationship with Penske continues to evolve, both commercially and in motorsport, giving Shell and Penske a vast platform to pursue our respective sustainability and decarbonization goals.”

Shell-Pennzoil and Team Penske reunited in 2011, building on a racing legacy that was established in the 1980s. Pennzoil first aligned with Team Penske as a sponsor of its INDYCAR SERIES program in 1983 and won two Indianapolis 500 races (1984, 1988) with driver Rick Mears.

Pennzoil became the Official Motor Oil and Lubricant Sponsor of INDYCAR and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in 2021 and has continued to expand the relationship, including today’s announcement of Shell becoming the Official Fuel of INDYCAR and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES beginning in 2023.

“This new and significant step forward in our relationship with both the Shell and Pennzoil brands is tremendous news for our entire series, our storied venue and our legion of racing fans across the globe,” Penske Entertainment Corp. President & CEO Mark Miles said. “Shell will be a terrific fuel sponsor for INDYCAR, helping us maintain our world-class standards on track while always keeping an eye on the future. When it comes to our historic and exciting Brickyard Weekend, we know the team at Pennzoil will continue to invest in its growth and success here in Central Indiana and beyond.”

About Shell

Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of Shell plc, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with operations in more than 70 countries. In the U.S., Shell operates in 50 states and employs more than 14,000 people working to help tackle the challenges of the new energy future. For more information visit www.shell.com

Shell’s motorsports technical alliances around the world provide a testing ground for fuel and lubricant technologies and products in demanding road conditions. Shell and Pennzoil gain knowledge through these alliances to help address the mobility energy challenge with efficient solutions that power and protect motorists around the globe.

About Pennzoil

At Pennzoil we are passionate about driving the future and are relentlessly innovating to help transform the motor oil category. Pennzoil is the first synthetic motor oil made from natural gas. Base oil made from natural gas is 99.5% free from engine clogging impurities, making it purer than crude. Pennzoil Synthetic motor oil gives you unbeatable engine protection[1]. Pennzoil Platinum extends the life of your engine and protects for up to 15 years or 500,000 miles guaranteed[2]. When you choose Pennzoil synthetic 0W Carbon Neutral[3] motor oils, you can now make a difference and reduce your emissions[4] too. The Proof is in the Pennzoil.

For more information about the full line of Pennzoil lubricating products, motor oils and filters, please visit www.pennzoil.com.

About INDYCAR

INDYCAR is the Indianapolis-based governing body for North America’s premier open-wheel auto racing series, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, and its developmental series, Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES features an international field of the world’s most versatile drivers – including reigning series champion Alex Palou, six-time series champion Scott Dixon, two-time series champion Josef Newgarden and four-time and defending Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves – who compete on superspeedways, short ovals, street circuits and permanent road courses. The 2022 season consists of 17 races in the United States and Canada and is highlighted by the historic Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Indy Lights, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IMS Productions are owned by Penske Entertainment Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penske Corporation, a global transportation, automotive and motorsports leader. For more information on INDYCAR and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, please visit www.indycar.com. For more information on Indy Lights, please visit www.indylights.com.

About Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the world’s largest spectator sporting facility, has been the worldwide leader in motorsports entertainment since opening in 1909. IMS will host the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 29, 2022, the world’s most prestigious auto race. In 2022, IMS also hosts two NTT INDYCAR SERIES road races, on May 14 and July 30, and NASCAR Xfinity Series and Cup Series road races during Brickyard Weekend on July 30-31. The Racing Capital of the World also includes USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli/GT Challenge World Challenge America events. IMS, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and IMS Productions are owned by Penske Entertainment Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penske Corporation, a global transportation, automotive and motorsports leader. To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit ims.com.

autionary Note

The companies in which Shell plc directly and indirectly owns investments are separate legal entities. In this press release “Shell”, “Shell Group” and “Group” are sometimes used for convenience where references are made to Shell plc and its subsidiaries in general. Likewise, the words “we”, “us” and “our” are also used to refer to Shell plc and its subsidiaries in general or to those who work for them. These terms are also used where no useful purpose is served by identifying the particular entity or entities. “Subsidiaries’’, “Shell subsidiaries” and “Shell companies” as used in this press release refer to entities over which Shell plc either directly or indirectly has control. Entities and unincorporated arrangements over which Shell has joint control are generally referred to as “joint ventures” and “joint operations”, respectively. Entities over which Shell has significant influence but neither control nor joint control are referred to as “associates”. The term “Shell interest” is used for convenience to indicate the direct and/or indirect ownership interest held by Shell in an entity or unincorporated joint arrangement, after exclusion of all third-party interest.This press release contains forward-looking statements (within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) concerning the financial condition, results of operations and businesses of Shell. All statements other than statements of historical fact are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements of future expectations that are based on management’s current expectations and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements. Forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements concerning the potential exposure of Shell to market risks and statements expressing management’s expectations, beliefs, estimates, forecasts, projections and assumptions. These forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as “aim”, “ambition”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “could”, “estimate”, “expect”, “goals”, “intend”, “may”, “objectives”, “outlook”, “plan”, “probably”, “project”, “risks”, “schedule”, “seek”, “should”, “target”, “will’’ and similar terms and phrases. There are a number of factors that could affect the future operations of Shell and could cause those results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements included in this press release including (without limitation): (a) price fluctuations in crude oil and natural gas; (b) changes in demand for Shell’s products; (c) currency fluctuations; (d) drilling and production results; (e) reserves estimates; (f) loss of market share and industry competition; (g) environmental and physical risks; (h) risks associated with the identification of suitable potential acquisition properties and targets, and successful negotiation and completion of such transactions; (i) the risk of doing business in developing countries and countries subject to international sanctions; (j) legislative, fiscal and regulatory developments including regulatory measures addressing climate change; (k) economic and financial market conditions in various countries and regions; (l) political risks, including the risks of expropriation and renegotiation of the terms of contracts with governmental entities, delays or advancements in the approval of projects and delays in the reimbursement for shared costs; (m) risks associated with the impact of pandemics, such as the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak; and (n) changes in trading conditions. No assurance is provided that future dividend payments will match or exceed previous dividend payments. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained or referred to in this section. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Additional risk factors that may affect future results are contained in Shell’s Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2021 (available at www.shell.com/investors and www.sec.gov). These risk factors also expressly qualify all forward-looking statements contained in this press release and should be considered by the reader. Each forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date of this press release, May 27, 2022. Neither Shell plc nor any of its subsidiaries undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or other information. In light of these risks, results could differ materially from those stated, implied or inferred from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release

We may have used certain terms, such as resources, in this press release that the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) strictly prohibits us from including in our filings with the SEC. Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in our Form 20-F, File No 1-32575, available on the SEC website www.sec.gov.[1Based on Sequence IVA wear test using SAE 5W-30.[2]15 years or 500,000 miles whichever comes first, guaranteed, if you exclusively use Pennzoil Platinum® Full Synthetic motor oils. Your engine must have less than 125,000 miles and have been manufactured in the past 72 months. To maintain your warranty, change your vehicle’s oil and oil filter at least as often as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. Enrollment required. Keep your receipts. Other conditions apply. Click here toenroll and for full details and terms.[3]The CO2e lifecycle emissions of this product have been offset with verified Nature-Based Carbon Credits.[4]Based on Sequence VI fuel economy test using SAE 0W-20. 

Shell, Pennzoil to Become Official Suppliers to IMS, Indycar

Shell, Pennzoil To Build on Long-Standing Relationship with NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Team Penske  
Multiyear Extension To Include New, Official Fuel Designation for NTT INDYCAR SERIES
INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, May 26, 2022) – Equilon Enterprises LLC (d/b/a Shell Oil Products US) and Pennzoil-Quaker State Company announced today a multiyear extension and expansion of their sponsorship agreement with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) and Team Penske. Building on a longtime business relationship and technical alliance that began in motorsports and has extended well beyond the track, the agreement will feature exciting new opportunities between industry-leading organizations, beginning in 2023.The agreement includes engagement across all Penske Entertainment and Team Penske platforms:
Beginning in 2023, Shell will become the Official Fuel of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and IMS. Additional details regarding the Official Fuel designation for INDYCAR will be announced soon.
Shell-Pennzoil will continue its sponsorship of Team Penske’s winning INDYCAR and NASCAR programs.
Shell and Pennzoil also will be primary sponsors for two of Team Penske’s entries in the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. Two-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Josef Newgarden will race the No. 2 Shell V-Power Chevrolet, and Scott McLaughlin will compete in the No. 3 Pennzoil Chevrolet at IMS.
Pennzoil will extend its sponsorship as the Official Motor Oil and Lubricant Supplier of the IMS, INDYCAR and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.
Pennzoil will continue to sponsor the Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard NASCAR Xfinity Series race in July at IMS.
Shell and Pennzoil will continue to serve as the preferred fuel and lubricant supplier for Penske Transportation Solutions and Penske Automotive Group.
“We are proud of the global business relationship with Shell and Pennzoil that extends across our Penske companies,” Roger Penske said. “Over the years, we have experienced great success together on the track, and the relationship has evolved to include our transportation business operations all over the world. Our teams are also working with Shell and Pennzoil on product development and multiple sustainability initiatives to help keep us focused on the future.”
“For more than 100 years, Shell has been forging long-lasting relationships that extend beyond the brand and products the company produces,” said Steve Reindl, president, Shell Lubricants Americas.
“Our relationship with Penske continues to evolve, both commercially and in motorsport, giving Shell and Penske a vast platform to pursue our respective sustainability and decarbonization goals.”
Shell-Pennzoil and Team Penske reunited in 2011, building on a racing legacy that was established in the 1980s. Pennzoil first aligned with Team Penske as a sponsor of its INDYCAR SERIES program in 1983 and won two Indianapolis 500 races (1984, 1988) with driver Rick Mears.
Pennzoil became the Official Motor Oil and Lubricant Sponsor of INDYCAR and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in 2021 and has continued to expand the relationship, including today’s announcement of Shell becoming the Official Fuel of INDYCAR and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES beginning in 2023.
“This new and significant step forward in our relationship with both the Shell and Pennzoil brands is tremendous news for our entire series, our storied venue and our legion of racing fans across the globe,” Penske Entertainment Corp. President & CEO Mark Miles said. “Shell will be a terrific fuel sponsor for INDYCAR, helping us maintain our world-class standards on track while always keeping an eye on the future. When it comes to our historic and exciting Brickyard Weekend, we know the team at Pennzoil will continue to invest in its growth and success here in Central Indiana and beyond.”
About Shell
Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of Shell plc, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with operations in more than 70 countries. In the U.S., Shell operates in 50 states and employs more than 14,000 people working to help tackle the challenges of the new energy future. For more information visit www.shell.comShell’s motorsports technical alliances around the world provide a testing ground for fuel and lubricant technologies and products in demanding road conditions. Shell and Pennzoil gain knowledge through these alliances to help address the mobility energy challenge with efficient solutions that power and protect motorists around the globe.
About PennzoilAt Pennzoil we are passionate about driving the future and are relentlessly innovating to help transform the motor oil category. Pennzoil is the first synthetic motor oil made from natural gas. Base oil made from natural gas is 99.5% free from engine clogging impurities, making it purer than crude. Pennzoil Synthetic motor oil gives you unbeatable engine protection[1]. Pennzoil Platinum extends the life of your engine and protects for up to 15 years or 500,000 miles guaranteed[2]. When you choose Pennzoil synthetic 0W Carbon Neutral[3] motor oils, you can now make a difference and reduce your emissions[4] too. The Proof is in the Pennzoil.
For more information about the full line of Pennzoil lubricating products, motor oils and filters, please visit www.pennzoil.com.
About INDYCAR
INDYCAR is the Indianapolis-based governing body for North America’s premier open-wheel auto racing series, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, and its developmental series, Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES features an international field of the world’s most versatile drivers – including reigning series champion Alex Palou, six-time series champion Scott Dixon, two-time series champion Josef Newgarden and four-time and defending Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves – who compete on superspeedways, short ovals, street circuits and permanent road courses. The 2022 season consists of 17 races in the United States and Canada and is highlighted by the historic Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Indy Lights, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IMS Productions are owned by Penske Entertainment Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penske Corporation, a global transportation, automotive and motorsports leader. For more information on INDYCAR and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, please visit www.indycar.com.
For more information on Indy Lights, please visit www.indylights.com.
About Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the world’s largest spectator sporting facility, has been the worldwide leader in motorsports entertainment since opening in 1909. IMS will host the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 29, 2022, the world’s most prestigious auto race. In 2022, IMS also hosts two NTT INDYCAR SERIES road races, on May 14 and July 30, and NASCAR Xfinity Series and Cup Series road races during Brickyard Weekend on July 30-31. The Racing Capital of the World also includes USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli/GT Challenge World Challenge America events. IMS, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and IMS Productions are owned by Penske Entertainment Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penske Corporation, a global transportation, automotive and motorsports leader. To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit ims.com.
Cautionary Note
The companies in which Shell plc directly and indirectly owns investments are separate legal entities. In this press release “Shell”, “Shell Group” and “Group” are sometimes used for convenience where references are made to Shell plc and its subsidiaries in general. Likewise, the words “we”, “us” and “our” are also used to refer to Shell plc and its subsidiaries in general or to those who work for them. These terms are also used where no useful purpose is served by identifying the particular entity or entities. “Subsidiaries’’, “Shell subsidiaries” and “Shell companies” as used in this press release refer to entities over which Shell plc either directly or indirectly has control. Entities and unincorporated arrangements over which Shell has joint control are generally referred to as “joint ventures” and “joint operations”, respectively. Entities over which Shell has significant influence but neither control nor joint control are referred to as “associates”. The term “Shell interest” is used for convenience to indicate the direct and/or indirect ownership interest held by Shell in an entity or unincorporated joint arrangement, after exclusion of all third-party interest.
This press release contains forward-looking statements (within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) concerning the financial condition, results of operations and businesses of Shell. All statements other than statements of historical fact are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements of future expectations that are based on management’s current expectations and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements. Forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements concerning the potential exposure of Shell to market risks and statements expressing management’s expectations, beliefs, estimates, forecasts, projections and assumptions. These forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as “aim”, “ambition”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “could”, “estimate”, “expect”, “goals”, “intend”, “may”, “objectives”, “outlook”, “plan”, “probably”, “project”, “risks”, “schedule”, “seek”, “should”, “target”, “will’’ and similar terms and phrases. There are a number of factors that could affect the future operations of Shell and could cause those results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements included in this press release including (without limitation): (a) price fluctuations in crude oil and natural gas; (b) changes in demand for Shell’s products; (c) currency fluctuations; (d) drilling and production results; (e) reserves estimates; (f) loss of market share and industry competition; (g) environmental and physical risks; (h) risks associated with the identification of suitable potential acquisition properties and targets, and successful negotiation and completion of such transactions; (i) the risk of doing business in developing countries and countries subject to international sanctions; (j) legislative, fiscal and regulatory developments including regulatory measures addressing climate change; (k) economic and financial market conditions in various countries and regions; (l) political risks, including the risks of expropriation and renegotiation of the terms of contracts with governmental entities, delays or advancements in the approval of projects and delays in the reimbursement for shared costs; (m) risks associated with the impact of pandemics, such as the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak; and (n) changes in trading conditions. No assurance is provided that future dividend payments will match or exceed previous dividend payments. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained or referred to in this section. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Additional risk factors that may affect future results are contained in Shell’s Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2021 (available at www.shell.com/investors and www.sec.gov). These risk factors also expressly qualify all forward-looking statements contained in this press release and should be considered by the reader. Each forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date of this press release, May 27, 2022. Neither Shell plc nor any of its subsidiaries undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or other information. In light of these risks, results could differ materially from those stated, implied or inferred from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.We may have used certain terms, such as resources, in this press release that the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) strictly prohibits us from including in our filings with the SEC. Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in our Form 20-F, File No 1-32575, available on the SEC website www.sec.gov.[1Based on Sequence IVA wear test using SAE 5W-30.[2]15 years or 500,000 miles whichever comes first, guaranteed, if you exclusively use Pennzoil Platinum® Full Synthetic motor oils. Your engine must have less than 125,000 miles and have been manufactured in the past 72 months. To maintain your warranty, change your vehicle’s oil and oil filter at least as often as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. Enrollment required. Keep your receipts. Other conditions apply. Click here toenroll and for full details and terms.[3]The CO2e lifecycle emissions of this product have been offset with verified Nature-Based Carbon Credits.[4]Based on Sequence VI fuel economy test using SAE 0W-20. 
 
 

Coming to the 500? Plan Ahead, Come Early

IMS president Doug Boles encourages people to come early Sunday, and plan ahead. Fewer than 10,000 tickets remain for the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. 5-6,000 tickets are available in the north vista between turns three and four. The southwest and northwest vistas each have about 500-1,00 seats remaining. All stands on the front stretch are sold out.

Boles also said parking is sold out as well. “If you do not have a parking pass for one of our inside lots or outside lots, you need to start thinking about where you’re going to park.,” Boles said.

“It is going to feel like the 500 should feel,” he said.

Boles urged patience and encouraged people to go to ims.com/planahead.

“We’re asking you to come early. The theme is Bringing Our Family Back'”

Vintage cars will be on track again with a focus on years ending in 2.

Boles addressed security concerns. There are 1,100 police on the grounds, some undercover. The Speedway also has air support and a third party security team to screen guests and cars. IMS has support from federal and state agencies. Boles said he is comfortable with the level of security for Race Day.

To help fans enter as quickly as possible, 21 gates with 220 lanes will be open. Social media will provide real time information on where the shortest lines are.

Shuttle transportation is available downtown and from the airport. Boles expects about 6,500 people to ride the shuttles. Fans who choose to bike to the speedway should use gates 4, 6, or 9.

With a sketchy forecast for Carb Day tomorrow, Boles said the priority is getting cars on track. The Pit Stop Competition may have to move. The concert will go on as scheduled rain or shine regardless of the status of track activity.

Indiana Oxygen- Passion, Performance, Efficiency

Garage N 15 sits at the back of Gasoline Alley, a small separate structure from supplier row which includes Firestone and Impact. Despite its solitary location, the company is one of the key suppliers to racing teams and has been since 1915. CEO Wally Brant is the third generation to head the family business, which has roots going back to the dawn of the Indianapolis 500. He has a great passion for the race, a trait passed down from his father and grandfather. Indiana Oxygen incorporated in 1915, but his grandfather had a stake in the inaugural race.

Wally’s grandfather and uncle had a Lozier dealership, and the car company entered the race.

“The Speedway was to showcase Indianapolis made automobiles. And so they had invited everybody to enter, and Lozier sent two cars down from Detroit,” Brant said. “They didn’t have any garages here (at the Speedway). So they kept the cars in my grandfather’s agency, which was at the corner of Fremont and Capitol downtown. Yeah, the northeast corner and they would actually drive the cars out Indiana Avenue to 16th Street, practice and then drive them back. In the first 500 in 1911 Ralph Mulford, one of Lozier’s drivers. finished second. My grandfather swore to the day he died that we won the first race.

“The way he explains it is the trip wires and everything had kept breaking, but they also some backup. One person was assigned to each car and there was a

Wally Brant

long bench at the end on a stand at the end of the pits. Each person was assigned a car and all he had to do is when that car went by was pick up a marble out of this tray and drop it in a calibrated tube to keep track of the laps. It’s even on film. An accident in the pits destroyed part of the scoring stand. Before that Mulford had a half a lap lead. Afterwards he was half a lap behind but nobody passed him.” Lozier went out of business in 1914.

“My grandfather got back to electrical engineering. A process had been invented in Sweden that came over here, where you bombard water molecules with electrons and separates them into oxygen and hydrogen. And those were the two gases.”

Indiana Oxygen incorporated April 28, 1915.

“A couple of days later the Speedway opened up for practice And so the speedway was one of our very first customers. What we did was brought out compressed air with a regulator. Up to that point they have these great big pumps. That was a big deal. So we started providing the first compressed air. “

Barney Oldfield fills a tire from an an Indiana Oxygen tank.

From compressed air for tires, the Brant brothers began experimenting with nitrogen. They found that nitrogen, because of its larger molecules, didn’t leak from tires like oxygen did. and it also helped with gas mileage.

The Brants tested their nitrogen theory with the help of the Prest-O -Lite team. at the Speedway. One car’s tires had nitrogen, and the other car’s tires were filled with oxygen. The tires with nitrogen had more air left in them.

Indian oxygen was the sole provider of compressed air for teams at IMS for the first 50 years of racing. In 1937 the company began helping teams improve pit stop time. Indiana Oxygen worked with Wilbur Shaw to have fuel delivered to the car during a pit stop via a compressed nitrogen pump. Shaw beat Ralph Hepburn by 2.16 seconds, and he credited his faster stops for the win.

“All the race teams after 1937 had this system until after the ’64 race,: Brant said. “The Sachs/-McDonald accident changed the way things were done.”

Wilbur Shaw gets tire service in the garage. he was the first driver to use pressurized fuel delivery during pit stops.

In 1958, the company worke3d with mechanic A. J. watson to improve pit time even more..

“In 1958 providing nitrogen he (Watson) comes up with this idea like how can we make pitstops faster? The idea of having the air on board the car. They couldn’t figure out how to safely operate it. If they run it off the engine it would stall. We couldn’t use electricity. So my dad and Watson knew each other. And so they should just use high pressure nitrogen So these are the air jacks. W also provide air for the pneumatic tools.”

Welding became part of the business in 1965 when the company that provide that service closed and aske Indiana Oxygen to take over.

“We shared the garage with them because we sold them the hydrogen out of that garage. So they said you guys want to take this over?” These days welding is mostly for team accessories rather than the cars.

Brant explained, “You’re walking around race car, mostly it’s carbon fiber or the story and even a nose cone. When they crunch one they put a new one, not fix the old one. They autograph it and put it in an auction. But no on frames, right? But we’ll also be welded sunglasses, stools, umbrella stands, things for their scoring box and everything.”

There was one welding job they refused to do.

“So the only the only job that we refused to do I believe the year was 1979 when they had the pop off valve. Jerry Sneva could not get up to speed and he asked us if we would weld the popoff valve shut. We couldn’t do that. “

Each year different welding jobs come up. One year a weight was added to the floor of a car that didn’t meet the minimum weight. Another year radiators needed many repairs. The first IRL spec cars required reinforcement of the the suspension arms.

There is one thing that would make Brant happy. He wishes that a driver would thank Indiana Oxygen in their speech at the Victory Banquet.

“Johnny Rutherford was the last driver to mention us at the banquet in the 1980’s,” Brant said. Rutherford is a frequent guest in their garage during May.

A fourth generation is on the rise, as Brant’s son and daughter are part of Indiana Oxygen. Race teams will have their tire and pit tool needs covered as long as the Speedway exists. Indiana Oxygen isn’t going anywhere.

Pit Stop Competition Matchups Set; Ruoff Mortgage New Sponsor

From Indycar:

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, May 25, 2022) – Thirteen of INDYCAR’s top pit crews will compete for more than $100,000 in prizes as the Ruoff Mortgage Pit Stop Challenge returns to Miller Lite Carb Day on Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The traditional Carb Day competition will be held for the first time since 2019, when the crew of Arrow McLaren SP’s Marcus Ericsson was victorious. Ruoff Mortgage, which serves as the primary partner of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES’ Fastest Seat in Sports, will extend its INDYCAR SERIES involvement by serving as the event’s sponsor.
“What better way to welcome back fans to Miller Lite Carb Day than to bring back the Ruoff Mortgage Pit Stop Challenge,” INDYCAR President Jay Frye said. “NTT INDYCAR SERIES racing is a team sport, and this contest showcases how important pit stops are to helping their team win the Indy 500 on Sunday.”
Participating pit crews – representing seven different teams – qualified for this year’s Ruoff Mortgage Pit Stop Challenge via pit stop performance in NTT INDYCAR SERIES races since the 2021 Indy 500, their ranking in the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES entrant standings or as a one-off Indianapolis 500 entrant.
Crews will compete head-to-head in single-round eliminations for the first three rounds of the competition in which they are required to change four tires and simulate refueling.
The top three ranked squads – top-seeded No. 2 Team Penske, second seed No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing and third seed No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing – earned byes to the quarterfinals
In the championship round, the last two teams will meet in a best-of-three series, with teams alternating lanes in the first two races.
The winning crew and driver will share a $50,000 bonus, custom-designed rings from Jostens and a variety of other prizes.
First Round (Team listed first has lane choice)
#12 Team Penske (Will Power) vs. #10 Chip Ganassi Racing (Alex Palou)
#5 Arrow McLaren SP (Pato O’Ward) vs. #23 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (Santino Ferrucci)
#26 Andretti Autosport with Curb-Agajanian (Colton Herta) vs. #45 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (Jack Harvey)
#24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (Sage Karam) vs. #7 Arrow McLaren SP (Felix Rosenqvist)
#20 Ed Carpenter Racing (Conor Daly) vs. #28 Andretti Autosport (Romain Grosjean)
Quarterfinals (Team listed first has lane choice unless noted)
Q1: #2 Team Penske (Josef Newgarden) vs. Power/Palou winner
Q2: O’Ward/Ferrucci winner vs. Herta/Harvey winner (Fastest first-round time has lane choice)
Q3: #9 Chip Ganassi Racing (Scott Dixon) vs. Karam/Rosenqvist winner
Q4: #15 Rahal Letterman Racing (Graham Rahal) vs. Daly/Grosjean winner
Semifinals (Fastest quarterfinal time has lane choice)
S1: Q1 winner vs. Q2 winner
S2: Q3 winner vs. Q4 winners
Finals (Best-of-Three Series)S1 winner vs. S2 winner
Team Penske leads the Challenge with a combined 17 wins.
Helio Castroneves is the winningest driver in the competition with eight titles.
Coverage of the Ruoff Mortgage Pit Stop Challenge begins at 2:30 p.m. (ET) and will be available on Peacock Premium. 
 
 

Gainbridge Extends Partnership with the Indianapolis 500

From IMS:

Gainbridge Extends Presenting Sponsorship
of Indianapolis 500 in Multiyear Agreement
  
2023 Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge Logo Unveiled
INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, May 25, 2022) – Gainbridge, an online digital platform offering trusted financial products simplified for the modern age, has reached a multiyear agreement to extend its presenting sponsorship of the Indianapolis 500, the world’s largest single-day sporting event.
“We have enjoyed a tremendous relationship with IMS and Penske Entertainment and are thrilled to extend our sponsorship of the Indianapolis 500,” said Dan Towriss, CEO and president of Group 1001, parent company of Gainbridge.
“This event is so iconic in the world of motorsport and a hallmark to Indianapolis. The parallels between racing and our business, a commitment to success and making every second count, make this the perfect partnership.”
The presenting sponsorship, which began in 2019, provides Gainbridge a key platform for brand recognition and customer acquisition.
“Gainbridge is fully invested in racing as a vehicle for brand growth and understands the unique and global platform the Indianapolis 500 provides,” said Penske Entertainment President & CEO Mark Miles. “We’re excited to continue this mutually productive relationship between two innovative and trusted partners in their space.”
As part of the extended sponsorship announcement, the logo for the 2023 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge also was unveiled. The logo is a forward-moving representation of the famed oval. The inside of the logo is a black shield, which embodies class and prestige, as well as the track surface, with the words “Indy 500” in the iconic slanted font. Surrounded by the familiar gold of the Wing & Wheel, the logo is the latest iteration of a series that began in 2019 with Gainbridge’s inaugural sponsorship.
The logos celebrate the iconography of the 500-Mile Race. Since 2019, the logo has featured the bricks, the checkered flag, the Pagoda and the winner’s wreath. With the extended Gainbridge sponsorship, there are more icons to come.
Gainbridge invests in strategic partnerships to further its mission, and this extension further cements Gainbridge’s commitment to racing. Gainbridge also is the primary sponsor of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES No. 26 Andretti Autosport with Curb-Agajanian Gainbridge Honda driven by Colton Herta and will continue to be the official annuity and life insurance partner of INDYCAR, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500.
NBC’s live coverage of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge starts at 11 a.m. (ET) Sunday, May 29. Visit ims.com to purchase tickets for the race.
About Gainbridge
Gainbridge is a digital platform that allows you to invest in trusted financial products wherever you are, whenever you want, that are simple, intuitive and backed by smart technology. Gainbridge is part of Group 1001 Insurance Holdings, LLC (“Group 1001”), an insurance holding company in the United States with current combined assets under management of $58 billion as of March 31, 2022. For more information, visit gainbridge.life
 

Palou Leads Ganassi Sweep of Top Three; Kellett Okay after Crash

Alex Palou didn’t get on track until about 40 minutes remained in today’s post-qualifying practice, but he shot immediately to the top of the pylon with a 229.441 lap. he led teammates Scott Dixon and Jimmie Johnson as Chip Ganassi Racing sent a strong message for the rest of the grid prior to Race Day.

Takuma Sato broke up the CGR parade in fourth, followed Marcus Ericsson in a fourth Ganassi car. Ericsson turned the most laps of any of the Ganassi drivers, 38. Palou and Kanaan each made 31 circuits, the team low.

The rest of the top 10:

Josef Newgarden, Conor Daly, Marco Andretti, Sage Karam, and Simon Pagenaud.

The action had a race day intensity, with cars running in packs, sometimes three wide.

The month’s first incident occurred with about 30 minutes left. Dalton Kellett went high in turn 1, spun and hit the wall hard facing the wrong way. The right side of the car lifted but returned to the ground quickly. Kellett was uninjured.

Sato ran the most laps today, 106. Four other drivers, Scott McLaughlin, Christian Lundgaard, and Colton Herta also turned at least 100 laps.