Valvoline Returns to the DAKAR Rally as Exclusive Lubricant Partner of GINAF RALLY Power Team

BARENDRECHT, The Netherlands, December 22, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Valvoline™, a brand of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), announces its exclusive lubricants partnership with the GINAF Rally Power Team at the 2015 Dakar Rally.

left to right Edwin van Ginkel Wuf van Ginkel and Jos Smink3

The 2015 edition of the Dakar Rally will take participants across Argentina, Chile and Bolivia in what’s considered by many to be the toughest land race in the world. Over 70 trucks will leave the starting line, but it’s an open question how many will be able to endure the punishment and reach the finish line. The GINAF RALLY Power Team has partnered with Valvoline to give its three GINAF RALLY Power trucks the best chance to compete in this grueling competition.

Jos Smink Truck

The GINAF RALLY Power team is powered by Cummins ISZ13 diesel engines. Cummins and Valvoline have a close partnership, and Valvoline  Premium Blue™ motor oils have been designed specifically for Cummins engines. This will be an advantage for the GINAF Rally Power Team, and teams can use every advantage in the ultimate test that is the Dakar Rally.

“The extreme conditions of the DAKAR race offer an ideal showcase for the performance and maximum durability of Valvoline products,” says Alex van Leeuwen, Director of Marketing for Valvoline Europe. “We’re proud to be a part of the GINAF RALLY Power Team and bring the strength of the Cummins-Valvoline partnership to the effort.”

Wuf van Ginkel (2)

“Having a global lubricant manufacturer like Valvoline join our team is fantastic,” says Edwin van Ginkel, Team Manager and Director of GINAF service. “A company with their lubricants racing experience and close knowledge of Cummins engines knows what it takes to win in the tough Dakar Rally conditions.  We’re proud to work with Valvoline and be a part of its rich motorsports heritage.”

About Valvoline:

Valvoline is a brand of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), serves heavy-duty industrial and on-highway markets with Premium Blue engine oils, All-Fleet™ engine oils, NextGen™ engine oils and Valvoline Car Care products. Additional details about Valvoline’s heavy-duty products can be found at http://www.valvolineeurope.com.

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