The Countdown Begins: Engines Rev for a 3-Day Festival of Speed

September 9, 2013 by  
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Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston presented by the Greater Houston Honda Dealers

Oct. 4-6, 2013

HOUSTON – In just 30 days Reliant Park will be transformed into MD Anderson Cancer Center Speedway for the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston presented by the Greater Houston Honda Dealers, October 4-6, 2103. Approximately 150,000 race fans are expected to attend the Grand Prix’s twelve races and “Three-Day Festival of Speed,” which also includes IZOD IndyCar double-header races, live music, a huge entertainment zone and fan engagement at every level including pit and paddock access.

The two-point counting, “H-town Doubles Down,” double-header IZOD IndyCar Series races headline the Grand Prix Saturday and Sunday featuring returning Houston winners Dario Franchitti and Sebastian Bourdais. 2013 winner(s) will receive the distinguished AJ Foyt Championship Trophy presented by the event’s grand marshal, racing legend, AJ Foyt himself. Additional races throughout the weekend include four sports car races – two races from the Pirelli World Challenge Championships and one each from the Mazda MX-5 and Champions Race for Charity. The event also includes all three rungs of IndyCar’s developmental ladder, the “Mazda Road to Indy” – the Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Firestone Indy Lights.

“We are thrilled to have such a packed race schedule for the Grand Prix,” said Austin Crossley, managing director of the Grand Prix. “But, the Grand Prix is much more than its races; it is an unrivaled experience with concerts, a fan fun zone and expo areas. Plus, seeing the stars of the IZOD IndyCar Series driving around the Reliant Astrodome and Reliant Stadium will be a thrill for motorsports fans and non-fans alike.”

A variety of family-friendly activities will complement the Grand Prix’s world-class racing throughout the weekend, including a Grand Prix-mere Showcase presented by, Fiesta Family Fun Zone and go karting provided by MSR Houston. Other free additions near the track include dozens of interactive and educational displays, including a experiential area presented by Shell located inside Reliant Arena.

“Shell and Pennzoil have a long history with the IZOD IndyCar Series; and with our lubricants in the IndyCars, we view the racetrack as today’s laboratory for tomorrow’s road cars,” said Shell Oil Company President Marvin Odum. “There are few better places to show that off than at a Grand Prix in our own backyard.”

The twelve races will take place on a 1.7-mile track, built in 96 hours around Reliant Park, where drivers will move up to 180 miles per hour around the 10-turn course. Following Friday’s daytime qualifying races, ticket holders will have access to a free concert by Creedence Clearwater Revisited. More live music, interactive exhibits and beer gardens will be open to the public throughout the weekend.

Shell Oil Company holds the title sponsorship for the Grand Prix and the Greater Houston Honda DealersAssociation, a group of 14 local dealers, serves as the presenting sponsor. The Grand Prix has additional sponsorship agreements with 22 associate sponsors: ABI Digital Solutions, ACE Hardware, Aztec Tents & Events, Bud Light, Champions Race for Charity, Courtyard by Marriott – Houston/Medical Center, Fast Trac Transportation, Fiesta, Fronterra Geosciences, Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka, Hewlett-Packard, Houston Chronicle, Hyatt Place Bush Intercontinental Airport, Hyatt Regency Houston, MD Anderson Cancer Center, MSR Houston,, Redstone Golf Course, the SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Strike Zone, Houston Medical Center/Reliant Park and Verizon.

A variety of ticket options are available, from grounds admission and reserved grandstand tickets as single-day or three-day tickets, to pit and suite passes. Reserved grandstand tickets offer fans a guaranteed seat for the races as well as the best view of the action at key locations around the track. The best offer available is the “three-day SuperTicket,” which gives the ticket holder a premium seat in Grandstand 1 as well as a three-day pit pass.

Grounds Admissions  

      Friday only       $10
Saturday or Sunday only       $25
Three-day pass       $40      

Reserved Grandstand

Grandstand Saturday or Sunday only       $40-65
Grandstand three-day pass       $85
Three-day SuperTicket with pit pass       $155      

Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or in person at the Reliant Stadium South ticket windows inside Budweiser Plaza.

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