WIX filters continues partnership with SH Rallycross

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SH Rallycross announced today WIX® Filters will be the primary sponsor on the No. 07 SH Racing Ford Fiesta, driven by Nelson Piquet Jr., for three races during the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross season.

In addition, WIX will serve as a major associate sponsor with SH Rallycross for the 12-race 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross season as well as the 2015 X Games. This is the second consecutive season WIX has partnered with SH Rallycross.

“We are very excited to have WIX Filters back with SH Rallycross in 2015,” said Dennis Reinbold, Partner in the SH Rallycross program. “WIX is a tremendously valued contributor to our motorsports activities and critical to the performance of our race cars. With four podium finishes, seven heat wins and an X Games medal in 2014, we’re looking to continue our success together and build upon what we have achieved both on and off the track.”

Piquet’s Ford Fiesta will sport a special WIX Filters livery in the Ft. Lauderdale season opener on May 31, as well as in Detroit on July 25 and the Port of Los Angeles race on September 12.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with SH Rallycross and Nelson again this season,” said Jennifer Gibson, brand manager for WIX Filters. “Nelson has a great personality and a loyal following of global fans, so it’s a strong partnership for the WIX brand. Coming off such a great 2014, we’re excited to see what he and this team accomplish this year.”

WIX’s racing products include oil, air and fuel filters that have been track tested and proven in all levels of stock car, dirt track, off-road and drag racing. WIX uses motorsports as a grueling testing ground for scenarios involving high temperatures, fluctuations in pressure and rapid breakdown of engine oil.

“WIX Filters has been a leader in its category for 75 years and SH Rallycross is excited to be continuing this relationship in 2015,” said James “Sulli” Sullivan, Principal SH Rallycross. “We are very pleased to have WIX as the primary sponsor on our race car when the season opens May 31 in Ft. Lauderdale.”

Piquet became an X Games Medalist after capturing the bronze in the 2014 X Games Austin, and had podium finishes in the Washington, D.C., Charlotte, and New York events while scoring seven heat wins.

“It’s great to have WIX Filters back with SH Rallycross for the 2015 season,” said Piquet, who placed fourth in the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross SuperCars point standings. “We had a solid season last year and we hope to improve those performances with wins in 2015.”

Red Bull Global Rallycross events are contested on tracks between a half-mile and a mile in length, featuring a mixture of dirt, tarmac and other obstacles. Events include qualifying, heat races, a last-chance qualifier and the final, where the winner is determined.

GRC vehicles are able to produce 600 horsepower, accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds, withstand 70-foot jumps and do not include traction control.

SH Rallycross previously announced that The No. 07 car will have primary sponsorship from HYDROXYCUT at seven of twelve Red Bull GRC races this year, as well as the 2015 Austin X GAMES. The team expects to make additional major primary and associate sponsorship announcements in the coming weeks.

Jenson Button joins NASCAR Garage 56 at Le Mans with Jimmie Johnson, Rockenfeller

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Garage 56 entry in the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be driven by champions of three major-league series — Jenson Button, Jimmie Johnson and Mike Rockenfeller.

The lineup of the Hendrick Motorsports-prepared Next Gen Camaro was announced Saturday before the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

NASCAR’s Garage 56 project was announced in March 2022 as a joint effort by NASCAR, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet and Goodyear. It marks the return of a NASCAR team to Le Mans for the first time in nearly 50 years with Hendrick fielding a Camaro ZL1 as the “Garage 56” entry in the 100th edition of the sports car classic.

It’s long been expected the car would include Johnson, the seven-time Cup Series champion who is returning to NASCAR’s premier series as a driver-owner in 2023. Rockenfeller, the 2013 DTM champion and 2010 Le Mans overall winner, has attended every NASCAR Garage 56 test since last year while racking up simulator testing hours.

The surprise was Button, the 2009 Formula One champion who has become a popular commentator. Rick Hendrick initially said wanted four-time Cup champion and current Hendrick Motorsports COO Jeff Gordon to drive the car, and Gordon had raced a sports car at Indianapolis last year to test his race shape.

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“Since the beginning of the Garage 56 project, it has been our goal to partner with the top racers in the world to represent us in Le Mans,” NASCAR chairman and CEO Jim France said in a release. “The lineup of Jimmie, ‘Rocky’ and Jenson is everything we could have dreamed of – three elite drivers who have won at the highest levels of motorsports worldwide. As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of NASCAR, we are honored to have these world-class champions help bring the sights and sounds of a NASCAR race car to fans in Le Mans, and across the world.”

Button had one of the most prolific careers in F1 history finishing with 15 wins and 50 podiums on top of his 2009 World Championship and is widely considered one of the top British drivers of all time.

“As a lifelong racing fan, I have always dreamed of racing certain cars, with and against certain drivers and competing in certain events,” Button said in a release. “In June, a number of those dreams will come true in one event when I get to bring NASCAR to the world stage alongside my pals Jimmie and ‘Rocky’ for the 100th anniversary of the most prestigious race in the world. I’m really looking forward to sharing this journey with NASCAR, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet and Goodyear, and current and future NASCAR fans from around the world.”

Johnson will make his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut a year after starting his first Indy 500. He has 83 victories in the Cup Series, where he will return for the Daytona 500 next month with his Legacy Motor Club team.

He also has been involved with testing the Garage 56 Camaro.

“I’m super thrilled – it’s been at the top of my bucket list to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans someday,” Johnson said. “To have this opportunity come – and to partner with everybody and this driver lineup – is truly an incredible opportunity and one that I am thankful to be a part of.”

Rockenfeller teamed with Johnson on the No. 48 Ally Cadillac in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2021-22. The German driver has been the lead test driver for Garage 56 and has driven during every on-track test.

“It has been a great journey so far with the whole team and project,” Rockenfeller said. “To be involved as a driver from day one until now was already a great honor, and to now have Jimmie and Jenson alongside me as teammates in Le Mans is unbelievable.”

The car will continue testing with all three drivers next week at the Daytona International Speedway road course. Rolex 24 and four-time IMSA champion Jordan Taylor, who drives for Corvette Racing, will be the team’s backup driver and coach. Taylor also won the GTE Pro class in 2015 at Le Mans, where he has four podium finishes.

The project also is being supported by IMSA GTP team Action Express, whose general manager is former NASCAR executive and Daytona 500-winning crew chief Gary Nelson. Action Express built the first test car for the Garage 56 but since has handed off the project to Hendrick, where it’s being over seen by vice president of competition Chad Knaus (the crew chief for Johnson’s seven championships).

“Action Express got it going and built the mule car, and then Hendrick joined the program, took it from where we had it, and they’re doing a major percentage of the work,” Nelson told NBC Sports. “We just did a test a couple months ago on a wet track. We’ve done a couple of other tests as they were ramping their program up. Now their car is good, tested and running. We’re still involved and here to help. The Hendrick guys have taken the reins, and Rick Hendrick and Chad Knaus are a thrill to work with and doing a much better job. It’s more NASCAR than prototype racing.”