Jimmie Johnson Makes History by Capturing Fourth Consecutive Sprint Cup Title

Hendrick Motorsports Driver Leads the Quaker State Team to their Fourth Straight Sprint Cup Title and Eighth Overall Since Relationship Began

TORONTO, Nov. 24 /CNW/ - Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson made history on Sunday, November 22, by capturing his fourth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. For the fourth year in a row, he powered his No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet to the highest level in NASCAR competition with Quaker State(R) racing oil under the hood.

"Four consecutive wins for Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports is an incredible feat that the Quaker State team is proud to be a part of," said Luis Guimaraes, General Manager, Shell Americas Lubricants Business. "We congratulate Jimmie Johnson on the win and we are honoured to provide his engines with Quaker State oil that helped him be the first to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship finish line. We are thrilled to have Quaker State racing oil in each of the top three drivers' engines and we look forward to keeping the winning tradition alive."

Johnson earned his record-setting title by dominating the season especially in the final 10 races. Throughout the 36-race schedule, the four-time champion captured seven wins, 17 top-five and 25 top-10 finishes. He also claimed six poles.

Johnson and the No. 48 team proved each week they arrived at the track that they were a contender for the title.

"Success for four straight championships doesn't come without the support of an outstanding team," said Johnson. "I'm very proud of what our team, with the assistance of our technical partners, has been able to accomplish with the No. 48 car."

In the 14 years since the sponsorship was initiated, the relationship with Hendrick has grown into a championship-winning technical team. Our engineers work diligently with Hendrick Motorsports throughout the season to analyze and adjust motor oil formulations to help achieve optimal engine performance. With Quaker State(R) racing oil under the hood, Hendrick Motorsports has also captured 140 of its 188 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) wins; eight of its nine NSCS championships; one NASCAR Nationwide Series championship and three NASCAR Truck Series championships. Add to that the four wins from first-year NSCS team Stewart-Haas Racing, and it is obvious that Quaker State(R) racing oil has the durability to help professional race teams win races and championships.

"We owe so much of our success to our partner brands like Quaker State," said team owner Rick Hendrick. The technical expertise they bring to Hendrick Motorsports is tremendous, and we're extremely proud of what we've accomplished, both on and off the track, throughout this relationship. Not only is Quaker State(R) the motor oil that our race cars depend on, it's the oil we use at more than 60 Hendrick Automotive Group dealerships across the U.S."

Quaker State(R) is an iconic, long-standing brand with a history of quality and performance that consumers recognize and trust. The complete line-up of value-led motor oils in the Quaker State family features "durability" as the main product attribute. Each of the four products is formulated to deliver outstanding friction-related wear protection to help engines deliver optimal performance under any driving condition.

For more information on the full line-up of Quaker State(R) durable motor oils, visit www.QuakerState.ca.

Notes to Editors

    About Shell Lubricants

Shell is the global leader in branded lubricants and the largest marketer of lubricants with 13% of the global lubricants market, in volume terms (source: Kline & Company report: 'Competitive Intelligence for the Global Lubricants Industry, 2007 - 2017'). The term 'Shell Lubricants' collectively refers to Shell Group companies and partnerships engaged in the lubricants business. They manufacture and blend products for use in a range of applications from consumer motoring to mining and power generation to commercial transport. Shell's portfolio of lubricant brands includes Pennzoil(R), Quaker State(R), Shell Rotella(R) T, Shell Helix(R), Shell Rimula(R), Shell Tellus(R), a portfolio of car care products and Jiffy Lube(R). Shell have leading lubricants research centres around the world: in Germany, Japan, UK, and the US, plus a new presence in India.


For further information: For further information: Enquiries: Jamie Tinney, Birchall & Associates, jamie@birchallpr.com, (905) 338-7600; Amanda Li, Pennzoil-Quaker State Canada Inc., (905) 335-5577

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