October 25-27, 2013
Chase Field Industrial Complex, Beeville, TX
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.