Castroneves, Penske bring back the “Yelio Submarine” (VIDEO)

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What was a big hit in 2014, the Pennzoil “Yellow Submarine” for Helio Castroneves, is making a comeback in 2016 for the 100th Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

The car was revealed today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, as part of the launch of Team Penske’s 50th Anniversary exhibition also opening.

The car’s now being dubbed the “Yelio Submarine,” combining Yellow and Helio into one mashed up word.

The full release and images are below (Photos courtesy Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography):

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To coincide with the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, Pennzoil celebrated Team Penske’s 50th anniversary of racing history with the opening of the “Team Penske 50th Anniversary Exhibit” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. The museum display opened this afternoon marking the 100-day countdown to the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, taking place Sunday, May 29th.

“We are thrilled to be part of such a historic milestone for Roger Penske and all of Team Penske. It’s humbling for Pennzoil to witness winning traditions half a century in the making,” said Rusty Barron, Vice President of Marketing, Shell Lubricants Americas.

The Team Penske Exhibit will put a spotlight on 50 years of racing history, tradition and heritage with an amazing 22-car collection at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. The exhibit will feature an extensive lineup of Indy cars, stock cars, Formula 1 and sports cars accompanied by an array of memorabilia and trophies. The collection of Indianapolis 500 winning cars starts with Mark Donohue’s 1972 car along with winning cars from legends such as Rick Mears, Bobby Unser, Danny Sullivan, Al Unser, Emerson Fittipaldi, Al Unser Jr., Helio Castroneves, Gil de Ferran and Sam Hornish Jr.

Also on display for the first time under one roof will be both the 2015 Indianapolis 500 and the 2015 Daytona 500 winning cars of Pennzoil drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Joey Logano. The Team Penske Exhibit will run from Feb. 19 to Nov. 30, 2016, giving all racing fans the opportunity to witness the winning collection in all of its glory for most of 2016.

“It’s truly an honor for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum and Pennzoil to showcase all of the hard work, dedication and winning momentum from everyone at Team Penske from over the past 50 years,” said Roger Penske. “The museum is a true testament to the heritage this team embodies and we’re most excited to be able to share this with our racing fans.”

To top off the celebration, former Team Penske driver Rick Mears was on hand to help Helio Castroneves unveil his paint scheme for the 100th running of the Indy 500. The No. 3 Chevrolet will be sporting the iconic Pennzoil Yellow Submarine paint scheme, the very scheme that Rick Mears so memorably drove to victory at the Indy 500 in 1984 and again in 1988.

“We’re confident that the Team Penske winning tradition will continue in 2016 and we’re hoping to be celebrating another victory from the Pennzoil Yellow Submarine 100 days from now,” added Barron.

Pennzoil® is the “Official Motor Oil” of Team Penske with cutting edge PurePlus™ Technology running under the hood of every race car with which the team competes across the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR XFINITY Series and Verizon IndyCar Series. PurePlus™ Technology is a patented, revolutionary gas-to-liquid process which converts pure natural gas into the first-of-its-kind, high quality full synthetic base oil.

The technical partnership with Team Penske provides Pennzoil with the ability to test existing and new motor oil technology developed by the industry leading Shell and Pennzoil scientists to gain insights from the track that translate directly into the formulation of its consumer motor oils.

Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez and Formula One embrace the United States

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Last week, Red Bull Racing revealed its new car, the RB19, and a new relationship with Ford Motor Co. in an event in New York City complete with drivers Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez and team principal Christian Horner.

It’s the first Formula 1 team to launch in the United States for 2023, but even that small move of the needle reflects a major shift in the attitude of both F1’s management and their teams – and the extent to which the American audience has fully embraced the sport.

“It’s something fantastic and unique, for the sport to be able to break it into the U.S,” Perez told NBC Sports. “The market is huge and it’s a huge opportunity for everyone involved, for the drivers, for the team. It’s always a huge market.”

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Sergio Perez finished fourth in the Unites States Grand Prix, but he was first with the fans.  – Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

In 2023, Formula 1 will race three times in the United States and five times in North America. The Circuit of the Americas will host their 11th consecutive race in October before heading south to Mexico City. Miami returns for a second time in May on a temporary street course around the Hard Rock cafe and the third addition is in downtown Las Vegas in November.

With the Canadian Grand Prix on the schedule for June and the Brazilian Grand Prix in November, American fans are now in the ballpark of Europeans, who have eight events on the continent and one in England.

In 2022, Verstappen won every race in North America. He was kept from sweeping the hemisphere only by George Russell, who won in Brazil. That fact is less remarkable when one considers that Verstappen won 15 times in the season – nearly two-thirds of the races on the schedule.

By the time Formula arrived in Austin, Texas, for Round 20 of 23, Verstappen already had wrapped up his second consecutive championship.

“Sometimes it can be hard to replicate the season, but I think it’s the same as with the car, right? You always try to improve it,” Verstappen told NBC Sports. “And I always look at the little details that even when you have had a good race, you could have done better. And then of course you also learn from the bad races. So we always try to look for these little improvements and general experience you gain year after year.

“You try to do better, but of course it also depends a lot on the package you have.”

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Max Verstappen United States Grand Prix win was one of 15 for the drivers and 17 for Red Bull.
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Now Verstappen’s thoughts inevitably will turn to establishing a dynasty, and America will again play a pivotal role.

“I just enjoy what I’m doing,” Verstappen said.  “After the years in Formula One, when you have to be on top of your game and you gain a lot on your experience – in that sense nothing really can get to you anymore. Every year you just try to do the best you can. But a lot depends on the material around you. It’s always a bit of a guess. Start the season as fit as you can be and be well prepared. But if you don’t have the car, you’re not going to win the championship.”

Perez added two wins to Red Bull’s total, at Monaco and the Marina Bay Street course. With two of the US 2023 races on street courses, Perez hopes to close the gap on Verstappen and potentially be his chief rival for the championship.

“The strategy is clear; it is to maximize the potential of the car – and we believe we have a good car, but how good?,” Perez said “We don’t know what the competition is doing. We just give our best in building this car and we hope that it’s good enough to get us to win races.

“I think we have to work together as a team. At the same time. We both want to win the championship. It’s just having good compromise. The competition will be really strong out there, so we really need everything we possibly can get from each other.”

Formula One returns to the United States for Round 6 and the Miami Grand Prix on May 7.