Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2001 17:33:10 -0500
From: David Kelly <>
Subject: Re: Does anyone use synthetic oils?

Just Bob wrote: > > On Fri, 26 Oct 2001 12:07:52 -0600, "maf" <> wrote: > > >I don't think that race cars would use anything but the very best oil they > >could find, regardless of the amount of money they are paid (or usually not > >paid) by Mobil 1. > > I disagree. It's all a money game and it costs a ton to run a race > team. Since the engines get rebuilt every race, as long as the oil > will do the job for the race it really doesn't matter. Now, if there > were some competitive advantage to synthetics, it might be different. For the above argument to carry any weight one has to assume there is almost no chance a race engine would fail during an event. Because there is a very good chance a race engine will fail during a race the teams use what is going to give them the best chance of finishing and winning. As for the stickers on the race cars, few teams have Mobil-1 as a primary sponsor. If Mobil is following the sponsorship formula most vendors use then if 1) You use Mobil-1 in your race vehicle, and 2) wear the appropriate stickers, and 3) place sufficiently high, then 4) your Mobil representative will supply the forms for documenting what you have done for Mobil-1 and may apply for contingency money. Is like applying for an income tax refund.

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