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.

Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.