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Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston
June 27-29, 2014
Reliant Park, Houston, TX
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Hennessey Venom GT & Shell/Pennzoil Take Center Stage at the Houston Grand Prix

While IndyCars took to the street circuit in downtown Houston for the first time since 2007, spectators inside Reliant Arena were treated to a display that cemented the partnership between the race’s title sponsor, Shell/Pennzoil, and Hennessey Performance. Entering the display area, race fans could take in a Ferrari Formula 1 machine, a pair of Pennzoil-liveried Indy cars (including the No. 6 car that Rick Mears drove to victory in the 1984 Indy 500), ultra-high-mpg creations for the Shell Eco-marathon and none other than three-time Indy winner Helio Castroneves taking the stage in a talk with Shell technicians.

Our own display of Hennessey horsepower featured a stellar cast: The 750-hp Camaro ZL1 that achieved 204 mph last year on Texas Toll Road SH130, a 700-hp Dodge Viper, a 750-hp Nissan GT-R and a Ford F-150 VelociRaptor 600. But the crown jewel behind stanchions and velvet ropes was the 1244-bhp Hennessey Venom GT, the same car that achieved 265.7 mph earlier this year at Lemoore Naval Air Station in California. Shell dignitaries were on hand, including István Kapitány, president of Shell Oil Company’s fuels and lubricants business in the Americas; and Ian Shannon, Shell’s head of global technology. The Hennessey contingent was well represented too, including John Hennessey, president; Don Goldman, Hennessey CEO; and Dave Golder, Hennessey general manager. We even had a visit from country music artist Clay Walker, on hand to sing the national anthem before the start of the race.

“We’re truly excited about our partnership with Shell and Pennzoil,” said John Hennessey. “Only the most rigorously tested oil will ever see the dry sump tank of a Venom GT, and we have full trust in Pennzoil’s formulations.” It’s been announced that the IZOD IndyCar series will race at Reliant Park again in 2014, continuing the double-header format on June 27-29, and that Shell/Pennzoil will remain the title sponsor.

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