Valvoline's Recycled NextGen Motor Oil to Power National Hot Rod Association's Don Schumacher Racing Stable

Valvoline’s Recycled NextGen Motor Oil to Power National Hot Rod Association’s Don Schumacher Racing Stable

Engine protection is paramount for National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) car engines that are the most explosive and demanding in motorsports. With cars producing 8,000 horsepower and clocking an acceleration of 0-100 miles per hour in less than one second, high-quality motor oil is the engine’s lifeblood and a critical barrier against failure.

Engine protection is paramount for National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) car engines that are the most explosive and demanding in motorsports. With cars producing 8,000 horsepower and clocking an acceleration of 0-100 miles per hour in less than one second, high-quality motor oil is the engine’s lifeblood and a critical barrier against failure. Now drivers and pit crews, including the legendary Don Schumacher Racing team, are adopting a new formula for success and relying on Valvoline’s NextGen recycled motor oil technology to keep their engines performing at their best.

“The extreme conditions and pressure these cars put on our components demand motor oil that can withstand that intensity and perform again and again,” said Don Schumacher, of Don Schumacher Racing. “We’re thrilled to be using Valvoline’s NextGen recycled motor oil technology in competition, as it’s shown it can deliver optimal protection in a product that’s better for the environment – making it an obvious choice for DSR.”  

Made with 50 percent recycled oil, NextGen motor oil launched to consumers this spring and features a breakthrough formulation that was the result of years of research by Valvoline scientists along with advancements in the oil re-refining process. Since used oil actually contains fewer contaminants and more usable molecules than crude oil, it provides a better starting point when creating new motor oil. NextGen takes advantage of the highest quality recycled oil and improves it with Valvoline’s award-winning additive package to make NextGen exceed industry specifications and match the quality of regular Valvoline oils. The process takes a lesser toll on our natural resources, making NextGen “better than new” oil.

The opportunity to bring NextGen motor oil technology to NHRA represents a major milestone in Valvoline’s long heritage of bringing innovation to motorsports. Don Schumacher Racing put NextGen in the driver’s seat following rigorous validation testing to ensure it met and exceeded its high standards for engine wear protection, durability and horsepower. After passing those stringent tests, the team’s crews and technical experts determined that NextGen motor oil was the right choice for their drivers’ engines on race day.

“This is exactly what we’ve seen since first testing NextGen technology,” said Jack Beckman, currently ranked second in the NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car standings. “There’s zero downside. In NextGen we’re able to use a recycled oil product that delivers the engine protection we expect from Valvoline in a product that’s better for the environment. That helps make us a winner on and off the track.”  

Valvoline NextGen motor oil technology has already scored six round wins with top DSR Racing drivers Jack Beckman and Antron Brown, including Bristol, Norwalk, and Chicago.

DSR is quickly transitioning more of its cars to Valvoline NextGen technology with a full shift expected following the U.S. Nationals on Labor Day weekend.

The Recycling Opportunity
NextGen motor oil represents an opportunity that extends far beyond the race track – and with far-reaching implications. American cars and trucks use more than three billion quarts of motor oil each year.  While many Americans dispose of used oil properly, Valvoline aims to inspire more to follow suit. One gallon of improperly disposed oil can contaminate up to one million gallons of drinking water. In addition to its potentially harmful effects to our ecosystems, oil is also a precious resource.  If every American switched to NextGen motor oil, it would save 400 million gallons of crude oil.  That’s enough barrels to stretch from New York to Los Angeles and back – every year.

Let’s Do M.O.R.E. (Motor Oil Recycling Education)
Consumers can find out more about motor oil recycling at Valvoline is also challenging Americans to help shine a light on this critical issue. Let’s Do M.O.R.E. allows consumers to click and show their commitment to closing the loop by recycling oil and using recycled oil products. For each person who clicks, Valvoline will donate $1 to Keep America Beautiful to help protect and preserve our community environments (up to a maximum of $250,000).

About Valvoline
Valvoline, a brand of Ashland Inc., has been serving American motorists longer than any other motor oil. The Valvoline family of products includes Eagle One appearance products, Car Brite car restoration products, Zerex antifreeze, SynPower performance products, MaxLife products created for higher-mileage engines and NextGen motor oil, created with 50 percent recycled oil. With more than 870 locations throughout the United States, Valvoline Instant Oil Change is a leader in serving the quick lube market.

About Don Schumacher Racing
Headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., Don Schumacher Racing, the largest organization competing in the National Hot Rod Association professional series, fields three Top Fuel and four Funny Car teams, led by seven-time Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher in the U.S. Army dragster. Antron Brown, MATCO Tools/U.S. Army, and Spencer Massey, FRAM/Prestone, round out the Top Fuel roster, with Matt Hagan, DieHard, Jack Beckman,Valvoline/Aaron’s, Ron Capps, NAPA AUTO PARTS, and Johnny Gray, Service Central, comprising the Funny Car contingent.

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful, Inc. is the nation’s largest volunteer-based community improvement and education organization whose network of more than 1,000 affiliate and participating organizations engages individuals in programs that prevent litter and reduce, reuse, recycle and properly manage waste materials. Through public-private partnerships and strategic alliances with citizens, businesses and government, Keep America Beautiful’s programs motivate millions of volunteers annually to clean up, beautify and improve their neighborhoods, creating safer and more livable community environments. To learn more about Keep America Beautiful, visit

You May Also Like

PRT Launches 30 New Complete Strut Assemblies

The new items represent more than 10 million vehicles in new coverage, PRT said.

PRT, an ADD Group brand, announced the launch of 30 new complete strut assemblies for light vehicles, SUVs and pickups, which it said represent more than 10 million vehicles in new coverage.

The launches covers a range of vehicle applications, including the Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sorento and Acura RDX, in addition to brand-new applications, such as the GMC Acadia 2021, Chevrolet Blazer 2021, and Subaru Outback 2021, among others.

RNR Tire Express Hosts Mother’s Day Giveaway

The eighth-annual event promises $100,000 in prizes, as well as a brand new 2024 Buick Encore for one select nominee.

Brand Refresh for Tires Plus, Hibdon Tires Plus Begins

Logo updates include a single-color tire mark; a logo palette comprised of Tires Plus yellow, black and red; and refined typefaces.

Continental Tire Opens Retread Solutions Center in South Carolina

The company said it hopes to uncover new improvements and technologies to innovate the retread process.

Sun Auto Tire & Service Expands Texas Store Count

The company has acquired Carrollton Complete Automotive, which offers a range of automotive services.

Other Posts

Philips Announces GoPure GP5212 Automotive Air Purifier

It uses a 3-layer filter to deliver cleaner, healthier, fresher air on the go, Lumileds said.

AACF Launches 65th Anniversary Fundraising Initiative

The campaign aims to raise $65,000 through 1,000 donations of $65 each.

Standard Motor Products Announces 123 New Numbers

The release provides new coverage in 53 distinct product categories and 47 part numbers for 2023 and 2024 model-year vehicles.

BendPak Founder Don Henthorn Passes Away

Grew company from small machine shop to global leader in car lifts and garage equipment.