CASTROL AND VOLKSWAGEN – WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
Castrol and Volkswagen Motorsport have been partners since 2005 and have been involved in a variety of motor racing together from the famous Dakar Rally to the World Rally Championship. Volkswagen Motorsport joined the WRC in the top class in 2013. Powered by Castrol EDGE, they immediately took a clean sweep of the top three world titles up for grabs: Manufacturers' Champion, Drivers' Champion and Co-drivers' Champion. They repeated this performance in 2014 & 2015, the first team in history to achieve this. Over 13 rallies on four continents, Castrol and Volkswagen showed they had the strength to perform in any environment.
CASTROL AND FORD - WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP & IMSA
2016 is an exciting comeback year for Ford, 50 years after their first victory at Le Mans with the iconic Ford GT40, that dominated the race from 1966-69. Powered by Castrol EDGE, Ford will be competing in the GTE Pro Class (GTLM in America). This class consists of the most sophisticated production-based models on the track. These cars are specifically engineered to extract maximum performance, serving as an important proving ground for top manufacturers in the industry and an important showcase for the superior performance of Castrol EDGE.
CASTROL AND AUDI SPORT – WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP
Castrol & Audi have been partners in endurance racing since 2011. For many years, the Audi Sport team has dominated the world-famous Le Mans 24 Hours - the gruelling endurance race, where cars compete day and night, in all weathers. With top speeds of 220mph on the mile-long straights, and average speeds of 150mph - Le Mans is the ultimate test of engine and lubricant working as one and demonstrates the phenomenal endurance power of Castrol EDGE.
CASTROL AND AUDI SPORT - DTM
In 2014, Audi and Castrol extended their long-running partnership in the World Endurance Championship to the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM). In our first season together, Audi claimed the much coveted DTM manufacturers’ title powered by Castrol EDGE.
CASTROL AND HONDA – WORLD TOURING CARS
Castrol and Honda have a long and proud history of motorsport success making them the perfect partners in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). "We are delighted to have Castrol as our team’s title sponsor," said team principal Alessandro Mariani. "Like Honda, Castrol has a long and proud history in the world of motorsport and their enthusiasm and passion for racing matches our own".
CASTROL AND M-SPORT (FORD) – WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
Castrol's relationship with Ford and M-Sport in the World Rally Championship stretches back to 2003. With a 13-round calendar that ranges from freezing temperatures in Sweden and high altitudes in Mexico to 140mph+ speeds in Finland, the uniquely challenging nature of the World Rally Championship provides the ultimate testing ground to develop and demonstrate the strength of Castrol EDGE.
CASTROL AND SKODA – EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP & WRC2
Skoda and Castrol have formed a hugely successful relationship, dominating the European Rally Championship in recent years and WRC2. Even though the rally cars are based on road-based production counterparts, they are pushed to the limit in some of Europe’s toughest conditions. This gives Castrol EDGE the opportunity to develop, test and improve its products in the most demanding and challenging environments.
CASTROL AND VOLVO – WORLD TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP AND STCC
Castrol has been a proud sponsor of the Volvo Polestar Racing Team since 2007. Volvo and Castrol will debut in the World Touring Car Championship this year - the brand new Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 race car with 1.6-liter Drive-E engine spearheads Volvo's long-term commitment to WTCC glory. Volvo also continues to dominate the Scandinavian Touring Cars Championship, showcasing the superior strength of Castrol EDGE in high performance road cars.
2016 North American Castrol Racing Teams:
Audi Sport Flying Lizard/Krohn Racing
Audi LMS GTD No. 45
Born in 1976 and raised near the Nurburgring, the racing bug bit Pierre Kaffer at an early age. Like many boys, his enthusiasm for cars was great from the start and led him to karting. From karting from it took a typical trajectory with the introduction to various Formula series. His success in the German Formula 3 series was significant to his career, gaining considerable international experience. In addition to his two-year commitment for Audi in the DTM series, his resume boasts experience in different types of vehicles and classes of the LMS, ALMS, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and of course, the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. In 2012, Pierre also participated in the WEC with in an LMP2 machine. With an extensive career in endurance racing, as well as history with Krohn Racing and Audi, German racer Pierre Kaffer is a solid fit to the for the 2016 racing season.
The 2016 season will mark Nic Jonsson’s 26th year racing professionally, and more impressively, his 12th full season with Tracy Krohn. With such consistency being a rare find in motorsports, the two teammates will strengthen the already robust driver line up. The 49 year-old Swedish driver’s resume is extensive, including experience in IndyCar, Touring cars and NASCAR.
Krohn Racing was created by founder Tracy Krohn in 2005, and entered the team into international competition. These included GRAND-AM Road Racing, the American Le Mans Series, and FIA World Endurance Championship. Krohn Racing has celebrated three podium finishes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2007, 2009 and 2012. Since Tracy Krohn's first year acting as a team owner and driver, this 62 year old has been a part of an endurance race winning effort. In 2005, Krohn and co-driver Nic Jonsson clinched the overall win at the Six Hours at the Glen, and in 2011, Krohn celebrated class wins at the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans.
Ford GT No. 66
Müller began his IMSA career 17 years ago and has competed in 111 races in the series. He has recorded 18 wins and 30 poles during his tenure and most recently competed in a full-season IMSA entry for BMW Team RLL in the GTLM class in 2014. He won ALMS championship titles twice in GT - the first in 2000, with Porsche, and the second in 2011 with current co-driver Joey Hand, for BMW. Dirk is 40 years old and lives in Thurgau, Switzerland, with his wife Daniela and daughter Mina Emily. In his time away from racing, he enjoys running and golf.
Hand, widely considered one of the best road racers in the world, returns for his second full-time season with Ford Chip Ganassi Racing. He helped the team finish fourth in the 2015 IMSA Prototype points standings. Hand co-drove to the win at the Lone Star Le Mans at COTA and recorded five podium finishes, including a second place in-class finish at the season finale at Road Atlanta. Prior to that, he won the 2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona in his first of three appearances with the team (2011-13 Rolex 24 at Daytona). Co-driving the No. 1 car that led the race for 231 laps, Hand was behind the wheel for 116 of those. He led the race six times overall en route to the team’s fourth of six wins in the sports car classic. He previously competed in the DTM series from 2012-14 and had been in the American Le Mans Series from 2004-11, where he won two 12 Hours of Sebring titles and the 2011 GT Driver Championship. Joey is 37 years old, and lives in Wilton, CA with his wife Natalie, daughter Kaylee and son Chase. In his free time, he enjoys coaching his son’s baseball team, karting and Cross Fit.
Ford GT No. 67
Twelve-time IMSA and eight-time Verizon IndyCar Series race winner Ryan Briscoe rejoins the Ganassi team after most recently running the No. 8 NTT DATA car in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series for the team. Briscoe began his IndyCar racing career in 2005 driving the No. 33 for Target Chip Ganassi Racing when it was a three-car team with Scott Dixon and Darren Manning, and was also a driver of the team’s 2005 Rolex 24 at Daytona entry. Over the past 10 years, Briscoe has driven for multiple IMSA teams, recording 12 wins over 36 races, and most recently, a win during the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring in the GTLM class. Ryan is 34 years old, and lives in Farmington, CT with his wife Nicole and daughter Finley. In his time away from the track, he enjoys Cross Fit.
Following a promising karting and single-seater career, Westbrook switched to GT racing and later moved on to sign a factory contract deal with Porsche. In 2009, Westbrook won the FIA GT2 Championship. In 2011, he signed with Chevrolet as a factory driver and spent the next five years driving for the manufacturer as part of both their GT and prototype programs. Westbrook has recorded eight wins, including the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2013, and the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen in 2014 and 2015. He also earned eight poles over his nine-year sports car career. Richard is 40 years old and lives in Bath, England with his wife Jessica and his children Amelia and Laurel. In his free time, he enjoys golf, cooking and squash.
Audi Sport Magnus Racing
Audi R8 No. 44
John Potter is in his eighth full season of professional sports car competition, and 2016 will see John competing in his seventh season as a team owner. Running in his fifth season with co-driver Andy Lally, the duo looked to be an incredibly strong force in pursuit of the TUDOR United SportsCar GTD championship. Lally's first race with Magnus in 2012, the 50th Running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, resulted in victory, and the duo have since taken wins at the 12 Hours of Sebring, the Inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix, the Continental Tire SportsCar Festival, and the inaugural North American Endurance Championship in 2012.
Following a 2011 season that included NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year honors, Andy Lally claimed his third Rolex 24 at Daytona victory and sixth Rolex watch; series veteran Andy Lally joined Magnus Racing in 2012. He was also reunited with fellow team driver John Potter. Immediately beginning his tenure with Magnus on a high note, Lally's first race with Magnus, the 50th Running of The Rolex 24 at Daytona, resulted in a win, the first in the team's short history. Known as a Porsche specialist, the Northport, NY native is looking to apply his skills behind the wheel of the new Audi R8 LMS GT3.
Driving his sixth race with the team, Marco Seefried is opening up his 2016 campaign after a stellar 2015 season. Competing in IMSA, the Blancpain Endurance Series, as well as VLN, the German also took part in a full season of the World Endurance Championship, where he took a victory and three podiums, including a third at the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans. Additionally, Seefried took podium honors with Magnus Racing at the Six Hours of the Glen last year, his third podium with the team including a victory at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in 2014. “It’s always a joy to return to Magnus Racing,” stated Marco. “It’s such a fun and warm team, but also incredibly competitive. The new Audi R8 LMS GT3 is really strong and our win at Daytona proved that. With my fellow teammates, I’m very excited for this season,” said Marco.
Returning to Magnus after sharing victory at the Rolex 24 in 2012, René Rast will head into the season in the hopes of maintaining a 100% win rate with the team. He scored another win in the GTD driving an Audi R8. The German driver has had an incredible career since, signing as a factory driver for Audi and proceeding to compete and win in such series as ADAC GT Masters, the Blancpain Endurance Series and more. Most notably, the 28-year old was given the opportunity to compete in the prodigious Audi R18 e-tron during the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a high honor to drive one of the most revered LMP1 machines in history. With Magnus Racing driving Audi machinery for this year’s race, the choice to bring in Rast was clear, as he has great memories with everyone at Magnus Racing, and is very excited to get behind the wheel of 2016 Audi R8 LMS GT3.
Mazda Prototype No. 55
The 33-year-old native of Louisville, TN. returned to the Mazda fold in 2015 after nearly winning the GTLM driver’s title in 2014 with the SRT team. The versatile racer has six career victories in the top categories of American road racing. He has a long history with Mazda, most prominently winning the GT class at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2010 in a rotary powered Mazda RX-8. This is his second season behind the wheel of the Mazda Prototype.
Nunez has been a Mazda driver since his professional career began in 2012. The resident of Boca Raton, FL. turned 20 years old in the off-season, and still retains records as the youngest race winner and series champion in U.S. professional road racing history. Nunez won the championship in the 2012 Cooper Tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda series, and the open-wheel Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone in England the same year. Nunez created his own distracted-driving program, the “Dnt txt n drV” Foundation, and has made many presentations across the country to young students, emphasizing the dangers of distracted driving.
Mazda Prototype No. 70
The native of Hesperia, CA., paired with Long to finish seventh in the Prototype driver standings in 2015. Miller is a rare professional driver who is also a mechanical engineer, receiving his degree from the University of California, Riverside. Miller, 27, is the featured presenter of the Mazda STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program called Racing Accelerates Creative Education (R.A.C.E.). The racing-themed educational presentation has reached more than 16,000 high school students across the United States since 2014, and is a part of the Mazda Drive for Good, a national program that gives back to local communities and charities. Miller moved to sports cars after an open-wheel career, and is the official driver coach/mentor for the Mazda Road to Indy open-wheel driver development program.
In January, Long became the first Mazda driver and the first with diesel power to lead overall in the 53-race history of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Long, a noted driving coach, finished seventh in the Prototype class driver points last year and enters his third season in the top IMSA sports car category. The 33-year-old resident of Charlotte, NC.is a former Pro Miata (now Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup) champion, and has been the lead development driver for the brand new Mazda MX-5 Global Cup car that will make its professional racing debut in 2016.
Audi Sport Stevenson Motorsport
Audi R8 GTD No. 9
Having started his professional racing career in 2008, Matt Bell is a record setting qualifier, award winning Daytona Prototype driver, and back-to-back race winner. Matt was hired by Stevenson Motorsports to team with Jeff Bucknum in the distinctive blue No. 6 Sunoco Fuels Chevrolet Camaro in 2010. The duo brought new levels of success for the Camaro, with Bell scoring a breakthrough pole and leading the first laps for the Riley Technologies-built machine as well as picking up a pair of podiums. Matt has raced for Stevenson ever since in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge category and steps up to the GT ranks with the team this year in the Audi R8 LMS. Matt is 31 years old and resides in Los Altos, CA.
Lawson started racing karts at the age of eight and went on to win State, National, North American and four Grand National Championships. After a successful move to open wheel racing at the age of 16, Lawson won championships in some of the most prestigious series in North America. In 2005, he finished on the podium in his first professional sports car race and then burst onto the scene in 2006 winning the SPEED World Challenge GT Series in his rookie year. Lawson graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2006 with a double major in Engineering Science and Mathematics. He also received a minor in Management of Technology. When not racing, he enjoys strength training, karting, music, racing, and travel. Lawson is 31 years old and resides in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
Dion von Moltke
The American racer, who has strong ties to South Africa, was born in Houston, Texas before moving with his family to Dallas, Sydney, Los Angeles, and then finally to his current home in Miami — where Dion started racing karts at age 13. He won several championships at the local and state level before moving up to the National and International level, participating in World championship Karting events in Italy. Dion steadily progressed through several professional racing series and has become a very successful and respected professional race car driver. Dion has multiple wins in Skip Barber, Grand-Am, and American Le Mans series, including two wins at the legendary 12 Hours of Sebring in 2012 and 2013 along a win at the Daytona 24 Hour race in 2013.
Audi R8 GTD No. 6
Robin was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, but now lives in Northampton, England. He is one of racing’s most experienced drivers with numerous race wins in both prototype and GT cars. In addition to Stevenson Motorsports, Robin has driven for Corvette Racing, Intersport Racing, Panoz and Tafel Racing. Robin first entered the IMSA ranks in 2004 and has since made 137 starts and amassed 29 victories and 59 podiums in the GT category. He teamed up with Andrew Davis in the No. 6 Camaro Z/28.R in 2015 and won the 2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship. Robin is 43 years old and is an integral part of Stevenson Motorsports.
Having grown up at the racetrack, Andrew developed a passion for everything pertaining to auto racing. His in-depth knowledge of the sport along with an unquestionable desire for success has allowed Andrew to thrive as both an instructor and a race car driver. Starting in SCCA club racing, he captured two Sports 2000 championships in his first two years of competition. Next, he made the jump to open-wheel cars earning a points championship in Formula Continental. Andrew then moved into the professional ranks of auto racing by competing in the United States. In 2001, he set his sights on sports car racing, capturing a podium finish in his first ALMS race at the 2001 Petit Le Mans. Over the last decade, Andrew has proven to be a very versatile driver by competing in Prototypes and GT Cars in the IMSA ranks. He has 9 wins and 32 podiums to his credit in IMSA competition. Andrew is 40 years old and currently lives in Borgart, GA
Connor De Phillippi
On his 5th Birthday Connor’s dream came true when his grandfather got him his very own Kart with a 50cc engine. His foot hit the accelerator for the first time and has not let off since. Connor comes from a family with a racing background as his father raced motorcycles and his uncle was a 5 Time World Champion Offshore boat racer. Connor’s love and passion for racing has paid off and matured as he has claimed 4 Top-5 Finishes in the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany and 2 Top-5 Finishes in the Porsche SuperCup. Connor is 24 and lives in San Clemente, CA.