Seadog is right, this has been brewing for quite a while. But now it appears that Shell will become primary on Helio's car. Won't know for sure until they announce it.
Funny reading the grand statements in that April thread like, "If Verizon pulls out of NASCAR, you can say goodbye to Verizon in Indycar."
We're witnessing a shift of some strong sponsors from spec taxis to Indycars.
Great to see, if it is officially announced. As for Pennzoil, maybe that is with Briscoe?
I just don't think Sunoco is infusing major dough into the IICS to demand exclusivity or be pissed about Shell.
"Any time that I can be out at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, you're going to see a smile on my face." - Dan Wheldon
"It's crazy how the Indianapolis Motor Speedway can make you so emotional. I went from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows in less than 24 hours." - Alex Tagliani
Woah, nice spy work Big Mo. I'm really surprised Team Penske would put that image out there before any kind of announcement.
PS: You can't infer the car's colors from the uniform alone. Also, I think it was Cavin in one of his Q&A's or maybe on trackside who said that Penske would announce sponsorship for Helio AND Ryan soon.
Interesting that Helio's firesuit, despite showing the new sponsor (Shell), is still sporting the Honda logo.
"The IRL's future should be good, but it can't be the grass-roots series Tony George envisioned. That was a wet dream." - Bobby Unser
I thought I heard that they may be rebranded as "Shell Team Penske"
I didn't take the photo, my best racing buddy did yesterday (Tuesday). I told him he had to text me the image.
A good judge of health (IMO) of a motorsport is the amount of Beer and Oil (primary) sponsorships. This is one (that isn't tied to Chavez....allegedly).
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A few thoughts:
Briscoe is probably still "Team Penske" They said they were willing to do one car that way. When they announced Briscoe coming back, it became clear that either he or Helio had additional sponsorship. Here it is.
Re: the Pennzoil idea: Does Peak have any exclusivity re: the ability to block other lubricants from primary sponsorship of a team?
Some fans claim one series or another runs "real race cars." What's everybody else running, fake race cars? :confused:
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I don't think Peak does. I'm not even sure if Izod does as they allowed William Rast to sponsor Saavedra at Indy. Granted I don't think that Izod has a jeans line. Randy has said he doesn't want to exclude anyone except a sponsor at the title (Izod) level.
Gonna be interesting to see how his car is going to look next year. Count me as one who liked the Shell scheme on Brack's car.
Cavin just said that Penske is having a press conference on Dec. 4th at the NASCAR banquet, where he will announce Indy 500 sponsorship. Hornish not included.