Efforts will include a variety of sustainability initiatives to help reduce carbon footprint in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES
Shell and INDYCAR are continuing their sustainability journey together by announcing a range of additional energy solutions for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) ahead of the prestigious Indianapolis 500. Together and separately, the organizations have designed a variety of sustainability that will help reduce the carbon footprint within INDYCAR and propel progress towards more sustainable motorsports in North America.
“The fuels, lubricants and energy solutions developed through our strategic relationship with INDYCAR and Penske Corporation can ultimately help accelerate the reduction of carbon emissions from transportation across many sectors of the economy,” said Carlos. Maurer, Executive Vice President of Sectors and Decarbonization at Shell. “Shell’s motorsport technical alliances around the world provide a testing ground for fuel and lubricant technologies and products in demanding road conditions.
100% Renewable Shell Racing Fuel
Building on the sponsorship contract renewal and extension announced May 26 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Shell will be the official fuel, motor oil and lubricant sponsor of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.
From 2023, Shell will produce new racing fuel for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. This new product consists of a blend of second-generation ethanol derived from sugarcane waste and other biofuels to create a fuel made from 100% raw materials classified as “renewable” under applicable regulatory frameworks.
The fuel developed by Shell is expected to make the NTT INDYCAR SERIES the first US-based motorsport series to power racing with 100% renewable racing fuel and achieves at least a 60% reduction in exhaust gas emissions. greenhouse effect compared to fossil gasoline.
“This racing fuel development for INDYCAR is a great example of how fuel technology is key to helping decarbonise sport,” said Dr Selda Gunsel, President of Shell Global Solutions. “Today’s development brings us one step closer to that goal.”
The second-generation ethanol will come from Raízen, a Brazilian joint venture created in 2011 by Shell and Cosan. Raízen is one of the largest sugarcane ethanol producers in the world and owner of the first commercial second-generation ethanol plant.
“It is an honor for Raízen to contribute advanced ethanol to this renewable racing fuel, and it is an exciting introduction to one of motorsport’s most iconic categories,” said Ricardo Mussa, CEO of Raizen.
“Motorsport has always been at the forefront of innovation and technology, and today INDYCAR continues that tradition in a very important and transformational way,” said Mark Miles, president and CEO of Penske. Entertainment Corp. “We are proud to be a leader in sustainability and decarbonization as we strive to become the first American motorsport series to run on renewable fuel. With industry-leading organizations like Shell and Penske sharing the same ambition for a cleaner energy future, remarkable progress can be made.
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Pennzoil Synthetics 0W oils are trusted to power all engines running in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and are now carbon neutral. As the official sponsor of NTT INDYCAR Series engine oil and lubricants, Pennzoil works hand-in-hand with engine manufacturers to develop and test superior engine oil formulations. Pennzoil is proud of the performance of the first synthetic motor oil made from natural gas helping to fuel and protect Chevrolet and Honda INDYCAR engines under demanding race conditions. Pennzoil premium motor oil provides complete engine protection to deliver the superior level of performance trusted by major automakers, racing teams and car enthusiasts.
A 150 kW high-power electric charger was installed on the IMS grounds, in coordination with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and Shell Recharge Solutions. All race tires supplied for Indianapolis 500 practice, qualifying and race day will be delivered to the “Racing Capital of the World” from their central Indiana warehouse using Freightliner eCascadia from Penske Truck Leasing’s fleet of electric vehicles.
Through Shell’s environmental products trading business, IMS will offset its entire operational carbon footprint during the month of May through its contributions to GreenTrees, a vital effort that is restoring natural habitats to over a million acres in seven states in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley, and part of Shell’s nature-based solutions project portfolio. IMS has also partnered with climate tech company CHOOOSE on the implementation of a new customer program that allows fans to offset their travel footprint with a nominal contribution.
- Shell Eco-Marathon Americas
In early April, the annual Shell Eco-Marathon Americas was held at IMS for the first time. The event saw 50 teams competing in two classes to create some of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the world. The event annually inspires future high school and college inventors to build and design vehicles that will accelerate energy transition and decarbonization efforts, a shared ambition of Shell and Penske.
- Silver certification by the Council for Responsible Sport
Earlier in 2022, it was announced that the 2021 Indy 500 had been certified at the Silver level by the Council for Responsible Sport after achieving 37 good practice social and environmental standards. The site has implemented facility upgrades to increase energy and water use efficiency, calculated a robust greenhouse gas emissions inventory, and improved its “ Bike to the 500”. IMS is striving to become the first sports facility in the world to become a Certified Responsible Sports Venue.
- Penske Truck Leasing and Shell Recharge Solutions North America
Off-track, Penske Truck Leasing and Shell Recharge Solutions North America recently announced a new joint initiative to support light electric vehicle (EV) charging at Penske locations. The project will initially deploy Level 2 (L2) electric truck charging stations with plug and charge capabilities to support Penske’s growing battery electric truck fleet in California. Additional sites will be rolled out in four US states in 2022, with more sites expected to be added in 2023 and beyond.
To support Penske, Shell Recharge Solutions will provide support for the design, installation and management of the charging network through its SKY software platform. Shell Recharge Solutions will also provide maintenance support on Penske’s L2 electric truck charging station network.