By Anthony Caruso III
Royal Purple Raceway is no move. The track has made the switch to Houston Raceway Park powered by Pennzoil on Monday.
Pennzoil and the track entered into a multi-year agreement.
“Today’s announcement with Pennzoil marks another exciting chapter in the history of Houston Raceway Park,” HRP Vice President Seth Angel said. “The commitment Pennzoil has made to the sport of NHRA drag racing, specifically through its association with Don Schumacher Racing, is a testament to its faith in the future of our sport.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to ‘Make the Switch’ to Pennzoil as we head into the 2019 race season.”
This agreement allows Pennzoil to have naming rights at the track. In addition, they will be presented as the Official Lubricant as Houston Raceway Park powered by Pennzoil.
Pennzoil will also have their logo placed on several buildings at the track, including the left-lane scoreboard and the VIP Tower Suite. The logo will be also part of the high-value areas in the pits.
“We are thrilled to be expanding our relationship with Houston Raceway Park,” said Patty Lanning, Vice President of North American Marketing for Shell Lubricants. “The Pennzoil brand, part of the Shell family of lubricants, has deep roots in motorsports, including many successful years in NHRA. In fact, our relationship with Don Schumacher Racing is a great example of that success, both on and off the track.
“This new entitlement at Houston Raceway Park is a perfect opportunity for Pennzoil and Houston Raceway Park to begin a new chapter and build on a solid history of supporting an incredibly exciting and popular motorsports series.”
This will also allow the Angel Brothers Enterprises and their Texas construction division to enter into a business-to-business opportunity with Pennzoil. There will also be exclusive Pennzoil offers, along with one-of-a-kind opportunity for its employees, customers, and race fans.
“Pennzoil has a huge presence in the Houston area and has a reputation for being a nationwide industry leader,” Seth Angel said. “Likewise, we’ve always strived to make our facility one of the best on the circuit with continual upgrades to both the racetrack and the common areas to make sure the racers and our guests have a great time. Entering our 32nd season, we’re thrilled to team up with Pennzoil in such a big way and we will push ourselves to reach new heights to make all of the Shell and Pennzoil employees in the Greater Houston area proud of what we’re doing here.
“Just seeing the iconic Pennzoil logo going up everywhere has us all very excited about 2019.”
The track will kick off its 2019 season on January 11th with legal street racing. Their track will host the 32nd annual NHRA SpringNationals from April 12-14.