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.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.