With 31 championships and more than 400 races under their belt, Roush Fenway Racing is no stranger to performing on the track. On Monday, February 27th, Matt Kenseth scored another milestone for the iconic race team with his win at the Daytona 500. The victory signified not only the first Sprint Cup win of the season for Roush Fenway Racing and its 300th NASCAR victory, but also its first checkered flag since making the switch to Valvoline’s NextGen recycled motor oil technology, made with 50% recycled oil.
Roush Fenway’s decision to switch to a NextGen formula came after a litany of tests conducted in conjunction with esteemed engine builders, Roush Yates, last season. The validation process included laboratory simulations, numerous full-length race recreations, and a multitude of race-day evaluations in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series. According to the company, the process confirmed that NextGen technology provides optimal engine protection against the extreme heat, high RPM and anti-wear demands of racing without sacrificing protection or horsepower.
“Valvoline has been a trusted partner for many years and has always echoed our spirit of innovation, performance and sustainability,” explained Jack Roush, the legendary co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing. “Last year, we were able to see just how well this oil performed on track, including a monster win for Carl Edwards in Atlanta. With NextGen racing oil in all of our Fords this year, we feel we’re in the best possible position to make some great things happen this season.”
The pros aren’t the only ones using NextGen in 2012. This year also marks the introduction of Valvoline’s “Close the Loop” program, aimed at incentivizing drivers to maximize engine performance, while minimizing dependence on crude and foreign oil. With the help of major retailers including Advance Auto Parts and O’Reilly Auto Parts, Valvoline is encouraging Americans to return their used oil for recycling and purchase NextGen to receive a special $20 gift card mail-in offer.
“Like our drivers, both on the speedway and Main Street USA, we are firm believers in getting the job done right,” said Darryl Gaines, NextGen brand manager. “For us, this means providing the highest quality product in a responsible way and making it easy for our customers to do right by their engines and the environment.”
NextGen motor oil is available in conventional and MaxLife formulations. For further product information, visit NextGen.Valvoline.com.