In 2012, Chevrolet made a triumphant return to the IndyCar Series after a seven year hiatus. On the strength of 11 wins by five different drivers in the 15-race season, the Bowtie Brand captured the coveted Manufacturers’ Championship. In 2013, it repeated as Manufacturers' Champion with 11 wins by six different drivers, including the 97th Indianapolis 500 Mile race with Tony Kanaan. In 2014, it went 3-for-3 for the Manufacturers' Championship since returning to IndyCar racing, posting 10 wins among seven drivers, with Will Power taking the crown as the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion.
Representing the Gold Bowtie in IndyCar competition in 2015 will be Team Penske, Chip Ganassi Racing, CFH Racing, KVSH Racing and KV Racing Technologies.
In 2015, Chevrolet will once again sponsor the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit the weekend of May 29-31, 2015. In addition to the Verizon IndyCar Series on-track that weekend, Team Chevy will also have competitors represented in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship as well as in Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Grand Sport.
IndyCar racing is in Chevrolet’s DNA. A legacy of racing competition runs deep in Chevrolet’s 100 plus-year history, dating back to co-founder Louis Chevrolet’s passion for racing automobiles. In the early days, the three Chevrolet brothers, Louis, Arthur and Gaston, drove in the Indy 500, and the state-of-the-art machines they designed and built won back-to-back victories in 1920 and ’21. Gaston won as the driver in ’20, and Louis as the owner in ’21.
Today, Chevrolet uses the knowledge gained from its motorsports programs to build better cars and powertrains. Technology transfer is a key component to Chevrolet’s racing programs. Fundamental elements in the 2015 IndyCar engine package are direct injection, turbo charging and the use of renewable E85 ethanol fuel, and are key technologies in several powerful and fuel-efficient Chevrolet production cars and trucks
Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports is the driving force for all aspects of Chevy Racing, marketing and engineering. Mark Kent, Director of Racing, heads-up the engineering programs for every series that Chevrolet competes in the United States. Chris Berube, Program Manager for Chevrolet Racing, is responsible for all of the competition aspects of the program with the Chevrolet V6 IndyCar teams and the IndyCar Series.
A singularly iconic brand in American motorsports, Chevrolet has won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturers’ Championship 36 times, and is the most successful name in that series’ history. Chevrolet Corvette Racing has taken seven class trophies at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. A Chevrolet-branded V-8 racing engine won the Indy 500 seven times between 1988 and 2002.
As Chevrolet continues to define itself as a 21st Century global automotive leader, motorsports remain integral to the plan.