Before the Oil Goes In, Mobil 1 Racing Lubricant Engineers Considering NASCAR’s 2015 Rule Changes

After being an integral technology partner, helping Stewart-Haas Racing capture its second Sprint Cup Championship in four years, Mobil 1 readying for new set of challenges

  • When seconds matter, lubricant science and engineering really matter.
  • Mobil 1 engineers assessing the impact NASCAR rule changes will have on lubricant requirements for Stewart-Haas Racing’s cars.
  • As Tony Stewart did in his first season with Mobil 1, Kevin Harvick secured the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship racing with Mobil 1 technology under the hood.
  • SHR drivers help ExxonMobil improve the quality of Mobil 1™ products for consumers.
  • Mobil 1 enters 13th season as the “Official Motor Oil of NASCAR.”

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Thursday, February 19, 2015 10:00 am EST

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DAYTONA, Fla.
"When seconds matter, racing lubricant science and engineering really matter"

DAYTONA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--After securing two NASCAR® Sprint Cup titles in four seasons, Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) and Mobil 1 TM Racing lubricant engineers have spent the offseason working together to prepare for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and the latest rule changes.

“When seconds matter, racing lubricant science and engineering really matter,” said Bruce Crawley, motorsport technology manager at ExxonMobil. “In considering the latest NASCAR rule changes, we implemented a detailed analysis to assess how it could affect our lubricant approach for the 2015 season.”

According to Crawley, who is starting his 10th season of heading up Mobil 1’s global motorsport technical program, even seemingly small rule changes demand close attention and deliberation. “For instance, the change to short and intermediate track engines for 2015 places even greater emphasis on friction reduction as a lever to improve performance.”

During the past few seasons, the collaboration between Mobil 1 and SHR engineering teams has resulted in different lubricant solutions for different tracks and driving conditions.

“When looking at the rule changes from a big-picture perspective, the optimum engine oil requirements are tending to converge for restrictor plate and open race engines,” said Crawley. “With 2015 rules for short and intermediate track engines resulting in reduced horse power, roller lifters and lower engine rpm, the optimum engine oil formulation oil will likely be different. We are approaching this like any new research and development project. It will be data driven and require extensive evaluation and prove out testing.”

Since teaming up in the 2010 off-season, SHR and Mobil 1 engineers have formed a close working relationship that has addressed numerous racing challenges and NASCAR rule changes, both large and small. From the 2011 season on, that partnership has led to significant on-track success with two Sprint Cup titles, 18 wins, 79 top 5s, 135 top 10s and 17 poles. When the green flag drops for the 2015 season, Mobil 1 Racing will now be directly supporting SHR drivers with more than 100 combined total Sprint Cup wins.

Last year saw the SHR and Mobil 1 partnership bring home its second Sprint Cup Series title in just four years when Kevin Harvick won the Chase’s Championship Round at Homestead. As Tony Stewart did in 2011, Harvick won both the race and Championship at the season finale at Homestead.

With the help of Mobil 1 lubricant technology, Harvick’s 14th season in NASCAR’s top series was highlighted by five race victories, 20 top 10 finishes and eight pole positions. He also led an astounding 2,137 laps during the course of his 2014 campaign – more than 500 laps greater than any other NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver.

“Our technology partnership with SHR is a symbiotic engineering relationship,” said Artis Brown, global motorsports manager at ExxonMobil. “The Mobil 1 engineering team supporting SHR designs lubricant packages that help the team win races while ultimately helping Mobil 1 improve the quality of our lubricant products for consumers. It’s a classic track-to-street technology transfer story. As long-time motorsports participants, we can’t wait to see how the 2015 season unfolds for the SHR drivers using Mobil 1 lubricant technology.”

In addition to its association with SHR, Mobil 1 is entering its 13th season as the “Official Motor Oil of NASCAR.”

About Mobil 1 in Motorsports

The Mobil brand’s history in motorsports officially began in 1979 with a sponsorship of Williams Formula One Racing Team. From that time, the presence of Mobil 1™ technology on race tracks and circuits has grown by global proportions. Today, Mobil 1™ synthetic motor oil is relied on for its ability to deliver exceptional engine performance and protection even under some of the most extreme conditions by team owners and many of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers.

Along with its status as the Official Lubricant Technology Partner and Official Motor Oil of NASCAR, Mobil 1 enjoys a long association with many of world's most popular and successful race teams, including Stewart-Haas Racing in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, McLaren Honda Formula One team, Corvette Racing’s Tudor United Sportscar Championship team, Tony Stewart Racing’s USAC and World of Outlaws team and the Falken Tire racing drift team. Mobil 1 also serves as the title sponsor of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and the Official Technology Partner of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.

About Mobil 1

The world's leading synthetic motor oil brand, Mobil 1™ features anti-wear technology that provides performance beyond our conventional motor oils. This technology allows Mobil 1 to meet or exceed the toughest standards of car builders and to provide exceptional protection against engine wear, under normal or even some of the most extreme conditions. Mobil 1 flows quickly in extreme temperatures to protect critical engine parts and is designed to maximize engine performance and help extend engine life.

For more information, visit mobil1.com and, on Facebook, www.facebook.com/mobil1.

Mobil and Mobil 1 are registered trademarks of Exxon Mobil Corporation or one of its subsidiaries.

About Stewart-Haas Racing

Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team co-owned by three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The team fields four entries in the elite Sprint Cup Series – the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet for Stewart, the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet for Danica Patrick, the No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet for Kevin Harvick and the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet for Kurt Busch. Based in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Stewart-Haas Racing operates out of a 140,000-square-foot facility with approximately 280 employees. For more information, please visit us on the Web at www.StewartHaasRacing.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/StewartHaasRacing, on Twitter @StewartHaasRcng and on Instagram @StewartHaasRacing.

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After securing two NASCAR Sprint Cup titles in four seasons, Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) and Mobil 1 Racing lubricant engineers have spent the offseason working together to prepare for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and the latest rule changes. (Photo: Business Wire)

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