Shell and INDYCAR will introduce 100% renewable race fuel for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in 2023
Efforts include various sustainability initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint within the NTT INDYCAR SERIES
Shell and INDYCAR continue their shared sustainability journey by announcing a series of additional energy solutions for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) ahead of the prestigious Indianapolis 500. Together and separately, the organizations have developed a variety of sustainability initiatives that will help reduce the carbon footprint within INDYCAR and drive progress toward more sustainable motorsports in North America.
“Ultimately, the fuel, lubricant and energy solutions developed through our strategic partnership with INDYCAR and Penske Corporation can help accelerate the reduction of carbon emissions from transportation in 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 proving ground for fuel and lubricant technologies and products in demanding road conditions.”
Shell 100% renewable racing fuel
Building on the sponsorship renewal and extension announced May 26 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Shell will become the Official Fuel, Motor Oil and Lubricant Sponsor of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.
From 2023 Shell will produce a new racing fuel for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. This new product consists of a blend of second-generation ethanol, derived from sugar cane waste, and other biofuels to create a fuel made from 100% raw materials classified as “renewable” under the current regulatory framework.
Developed by Shell, the fuel is expected to make the NTT INDYCAR SERIES the first US-based motorsport series to power races on 100% renewable race fuel and enable a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of at least 60% compared to fossil-based gasoline.
“This race fuel development for INDYCAR is a great example of how fuel technology is critical to decarbonizing the sport,” said Dr. Selda Gunsel, President of Shell Global Solutions. “Today’s development brings us one step closer to this goal.”
The second-generation ethanol is sourced from Raízen, a Brazilian joint venture established in 2011 by Shell and Cosan. Raízen is one of the largest sugar cane ethanol producers in the world and owner of the first second generation commercial 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 Raízen.
“Motorsport has always been at the forefront of innovation and technology, and today INDYCAR continues that tradition in very important and transformative ways,” said Mark Miles, President and CEO of Penske Entertainment Corp Sustainability and Decarbonization as we work toward hosting the first U.S. To become a motorsport series powered by renewable fuels. With industry-leading organizations like Shell and Penske sharing the same ambitions for a cleaner energy future, remarkable progress can be made.”
• Carbon neutral motor oil
Pennzoil Synthetics 0W oils are used in all NTT INDYCAR SERIES engines and are now carbon neutral. As the official engine oil and lubricant sponsor of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Pennzoil works hand-in-hand with engine manufacturers to develop and test premium engine oil formulations. Pennzoil prides itself on the performance of the first synthetic natural gas engine oil to help power and protect Chevrolet and Honda INDYCAR engines under demanding racing conditions. Pennzoil’s premium engine oil provides complete engine protection to deliver a premium level of performance trusted by major automakers, racing teams and car enthusiasts.
• Charging electric vehicles at IMS
A 150 kW high power charger was installed on the IMS site 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 shipped to the “World Racing Capital” by Freightliner eCascadia from Penske Truck Leasing’s fleet of electric vehicles from their warehouse in Central Indiana.
• Travel footprint offsets
Through Shell’s environmental products trading business, IMS will offset its entire May operational carbon footprint through its contributions to GreenTrees, a vital initiative restoring natural habitats on more than 1 million acres in seven states in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley and portions of Shells Portfolio of Nature Based Solutions projects. IMS has also partnered with climate technology company CHOOOSE to implement a new customer program that will allow fans to offset their travel footprint through a nominal contribution.
• Shell Eco-Marathon Americas
At the beginning of April, the annual Shell Eco-Marathon Americas took place at the IMS for the first time. The event saw 50 teams compete across two classes to create some of the world’s most fuel-efficient vehicles. The annual event inspires future inventors at both the high school and college levels to build and design vehicles that accelerate the energy transition and decarbonization efforts, a shared goal of Shell and Penske.
• Silver certification from the Council for Responsible Sport
In early 2022, it was announced that the 2021 Indy 500 had been certified at Silver level by the Council for Responsible Sports after meeting 37 social and environmental best practice standards. The venue implemented upgrades to the facility to increase both energy and water use efficiencies, calculated a robust inventory of greenhouse gas emissions and enhanced its Bike to the 500 program. IMS is working 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
Away from the 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 provide Level 2 (L2) electric truck charging stations with plug-and-charge capabilities to support Penske’s growing fleet of battery electric trucks in California. Additional locations will be launched in four US states in 2022, with additional locations planned for 2023 and beyond.
To support Penske, Shell Recharge Solutions will provide design, installation and charging network management support, enabled through its SKY software platform. Shell Recharge Solutions will also provide maintenance support for Penske’s network of L2 electric truck charging stations.