• Apr 22, 2010
For years Marlboro has been nearly synonymous with Penske, its racing cars (in open-wheels especially) adorned with the tobacco company's red-and-white color scheme for decades, even if their name hasn't appeared on the cars since 2005. But after 19 years in racing together, Marlboro parent company Phillip Morris ended its sponsorship of the motor racing dynasty earlier this year. Now it appears that Shell Oil could be taking its place.

The deal, which comes into effect next season, encompasses Penske Racing teams in several series, including the Indy Racing League and both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series in NASCAR, but does not appear to extend to Penske's American Le Mans Series team.

In the Sprint Cup, the Shell deal comes at the expense of Richard Childress Racing (pictured above), which brought in Shell to replace Jack Daniels sponsorship which it lost last year. The Shell and Pennzoil logos will instead adorn the #22 car of Penske's former champion Kurt Busch, while teammate Brad Keselowski's #2 Dodge will continue with Miller Lite sponsorship. In Indy, meanwhile, the sponsorship replaces Penske's longstanding deal with ExxonMobil.

[Source: Autosport]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      You have Busch's and Keselowski's car numbers transposed in the story. Busch is #2 and Keselowski is #22.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No they have it right. Busch will be moving to the #22 car and Keselowski will drive the Blue deuce.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Brad drives the #12 currently, next year miller and the #2 will move to Brad's team while Kurt will get Shell and the #12 will change to 22 at his team. It also leaves Sam Hornish hanging as a result of his #77 being sponsored by mobil1, which will not be on the car next year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "...but does not appear to extend to Penske's American Le Mans Series team." That *would* be an interesting deal, since it would require a time machine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shell was brought in to replace GM Goodwrench. The jack daniel's team (07) was just eliminated.