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.
2015 North American Castrol Racing Teams:
Flying Lizard Motorsports
- Website: http://www.lizardms.com
- Racing Venue: IMSA Tudor United Sports Car Challenge – GTD Class
- Drivers: Marco Holzer/Robert Thorne /Colin Thompson
- Car: Audi R8 LMS – Car No. 45
- Engine: Audi V10
Flying Lizard is based on Sonoma, California, and competes in the IMSA Tudor United ports Car Challenge. Before the formation of the Tudor series, Flying Lizard competed in the American Le Mans Series for ten consecutive seasons. Flying lizard’s drivers are Marco Holzer, Robert Thorne and Colin Thompson.
Marco Holzer Born in Bavaria, Holzer (28) graduated from karting in 2003. In 2008, Holzer switched to sports car racing, finishing fifth at the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany. He signed as Porsche junior works driver, and raced at the 2009 FIA GT Championship driving a Porsche 911. Marco also became a Porsche works driver in 2010 and was a vice-champion at the FIA GT3 European Championship with two wins. He also competed in several endurance races with Flying Lizard. In 2012, he raced full-time at the American Le Mans Series for Flying Lizard in the GT class, collecting a best result of 5th at Virginia. Robert Thorne Thorne has spent the better part of his life winning from behind the wheel of go-karts and racecars alike. When Thorne was eight years old, he began racing karts after his godfather purchased a track to refurbish. It was then that Thorne realized that his racing talent came naturally. Thorne earned his competition racing license at 15 years old, a year before it was legal for him to drive on public roads. In 2008, Thorne was ready to step up to a higher level, and signed with Racer’s Edge Motorsports, a team competing in the Rolex Grand-Am Series. Thorne’s initial test at Daytona and first drive in a sports car showed promising results when he broke the track record by half a second. Thorne and his teammates followed the performance by finishing in the top 10 at the Daytona 24 Hours in the GT competition class. Thorne joined Flying Lizard Motorsports in 2015 just before the start of the Rolex 24, seven years after his first run at the legendary event. Colin Thompson American Colin Thompson raced fulltime in GT Cup class in the Pirelli World Challenge before joining Flying Lizard Motorsports in 2015. The young racer boasts an impressive resume, having won the 2014 Championship in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama and starting the 2015 season well with a win in both GT Cup race rounds at the Pirelli World Challenge season opener at Circuit of the Americas. Thompson has also enjoyed previous success at Sebring International Raceway, and will be a great asset to Flying Lizard Motorsports getting behind the wheel of the Audi R8 LMS.
- Website: http://www.speedsource.com
- Racing Venue: IMSA Tudor United Sports Car Challenge – Prototype Class
- Drivers: Tom Long/Joel Miller/Ben Devlin–Car No. 07; Tristan Nunez/Jonathan Bomarito/Sylvain Tremblay–Car No. 70
- Car(s): Mazda SKYACTIV Prototype–Car No. 07; Mazda SKYACTIV Prototype–Car No. 70
- Engine: Mazda Four-Cylinder Diesel
In 1995, Sylvain Tremblay established SpeedSource to provide full-service race services and custom components to both club level and professional series drivers. With countless wins, multiple driver and team championships, SpeedSource is now one of the largest road racing teams in the country. SpeedSource is committed to develop emerging technologies and build each of its cars in-house to remain at the forefront of road racing in the US.
Driver Bios – Mazda Car No. 07
Tom Long Tom Long started his racing career in grassroots sports car racing with the Showroom Stock and Spec Miata classes. He quickly took a liking to lightweight sports cars, setting multiple track records and winning Championships, while competing in the SCCA Runoffs with podium results. In 2005, Tom then went on to win the Mazda MX5 Cup National Championship before moving into the Grand Am Continental Tire Series in 2006. By 2007, Long was on the steps of the Grand Am podium, winning his first race in the series at his home track, Virginia Int'l Raceway in 2009. For 2010, he was a regular in both the Grand Am Rolex and Continental Tire Series, winning multiple races and a top-5 result in the Championship. 2011 and 2012 brought Long's most celebrated results to date, leading several hours of the 2011 Daytona Rolex 24 Hour and going on to a podium finish with Dempsey Racing's Mazda RX8 while also finishing runner-up in the 2012 Continental Tire Series ST Championship. Joel Miller Joel’s motorsport career started in karting at the age of 6, and for the past 18 years he has been winning races and championships as he’s climbed the motorsport ladder system. Paralleling his passions for driving, Joel enjoys the technical side of racing and graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of California Riverside in 2012. Joel’s career has taken him all over North America from karting, to Indy Lights, and various sports cars as well as representing Team USA while racing in England. He’s a graduate of the MAZDASPEED Driver Development program and loves being a driver in Mazda's next motorsports program. Ben Devlin Ben Devlin has been recruited to drive the No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda Prototype entry in 2015. While Devlin’s last ALMS race start came at the wheel of Intersport Racing’s Lola-AER at the Petit Le Mans in 2010, he has enjoyed an ongoing relationship with the Japanese manufacturer for over seven years. He’s well acquainted with the Mazda SpeedSource program.
Driver Bios – Mazda Car No. 70
Tristan Nunez Even though tennis was the family sport, Tristan Nunez found his passion in racing. While his twin brother Dylan carried on the family’s love of tennis, Tristan found the same love for sports car racing. Tristan started racing at 12 years of age and the more time he has spent on the track, the better driver he has become. In 2012, he scored 11 wins, 12 poles and seven track records in his rookie season as a driver in the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda Championship. In 2013, Tristan earned his first podium result in the American Le Mans Series during the season opener at the Twelve Hours of Sebring. That same year, he competed in his first Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona for SpeedSource in the MAZDASPEED/Visit Florida Mazda6 Sky Activ Clean Diesel. Jonathan Bomarito Hailing from Monterey, California, Jonathan Bomarito started out in carting, and then moved up to the Grand-Am Cup and then Formula Ford 2000. In 2003, he took home a championship before heading to the Atlantic Championship, in which he would capture his first series win, finishing 5th in the championship. Jonathan would also take home numerous victories in 2008. After competing in the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2005, 2008 and 2009. By 2010, Jonathan was behind the wheel of a Mazda RX-8 in the GT class racing in the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series and was also Rookie of the Year. In 2013, Jonathan took home 2 podiums and 2 poles. In 2014, Jonathan once again claimed more on-track success with 1 pole, 2 wins, 6 podiums and 1st place overall in GTLM. Sylvain Tremblay SpeedSource team owner and driver Sylvain Tremblay has raced since winning the first race he ever entered-an SCCA autocross at age 16. Over the years Sylvain’s love of racing turned into business, and now eight years after establishing SpeedSource in 1995, he found himself running a fleet of Porsches. After finishing second in the Grand Sports Championship several times in the late 90's in a Mazda RX-7 Twin Turbo, Tremblay put together a career season in 2001, scoring 7 wins on the way to the Triple Crown Championship. In 2004 Tremblay took home his second professional Championship when he won the Grand Am Cup Sport Touring title. The 2004 season was the debut year for the team's Mazda RX-8 program.
- Website: http://germainracing.com
- Racing Venue: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
- Driver: Casey Mears
- Car: Chevrolet SS
- Engine: Chevrolet Small Block
Germain Racing team owner Bob Germain Jr. is passionate about racing in NASCAR’s highest ranks. He and his brothers, Steve and Rick, established the racing team in 2004 and Bob is thrilled to see the team’s progression to competing each week in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Casey Mears Casey Mears carries with him one of the most recognized names in the sport of auto racing, while his resume makes him the obvious choice to be the wheelman of the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS. He has experienced success at each of NASCAR’s top two levels, winning races in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series. Versatility being a cornerstone for Mears, he has also won races in the Indy Lights Series, ARCA Series, and in 2006 he became the first full-time NASCAR driver to achieve an overall victory at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Bryan Herta Autosport
- Racing Venue: Verizon Indycar Series - Gabby Chaves; Red Bull Global Rallycross and X Games - Austin Dyne
- Drivers: Gabby Chaves - Dallara-Honda; Austin Dyne - Ford Fiesta ST
- Car: Dallara-Honda; Ford Fiesta ST
- Engine: Honda V6 - Dallara-Honda; Turbocharged Ford Four-Cylinder - Ford Fiesta ST
Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) extended its associate partnership with Castrol EDGE for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season. The Castrol EDGE brand will be prominently displayed on the #98 Bowers & Wilkins/Curb Dallara-Honda, which will be driven by Gabby Chaves, 2014 IndyLights champion. Chaves will be a leading contender for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series.
Driver Bio - Dallara-Honda
Gabby Chaves Despite being a series rookie, Gabby Chaves is no stranger to open wheel racing, as he was just 13 when he won his first championship. The 21-year-old Chaves was born into a family of drivers as his mother, grandfather and uncle raced cars in South America and Europe. Since his first race in 2006, Chaves has competed in many different series including a Pan Am GP Series, Formula BMW and Italian F3. In 2007 and 2008, Gabby was the undefeated Formula Skip Barber Southern Series champion with 11 victories in 11 races. In 2014, Gabby was also the 2014 Indy Lights champion with four wins.
Driver Bio - Ford Fiesta ST
Austin Dyne In 2013, BHA ran an ex-Scott Speed X Games-winning Ford Fiesta and Austin Dyne took on driving duties and showed a promising pace. Austin Dyne (23) is very quick behind the wheel. Set to be the rising star in the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship series and determined to make his mark in 2014, Austin will compete in the No. 14 Barracuda Racing Ford Fiesta in partnership with Bryan Herta Racing. Already a Rookie of the Year winner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, a title achieved in the past by NASCAR legends such as Chad Little and David Gilliland, there is every reason to believe Austin Dyne will be challenging for podium honors in his new chosen series. There is no question Austin grew up loving motorsports. Ever since he was young, he had a natural talent for action sports and racing. He now races in one of the most popular growing action sports on TV – Red Bull Global Rallycross.