In 2012, Chevrolet made a triumphant return to the Verizon IndyCar Series after a seven-year hiatus. Over the past five seasons, the Chevrolet IndyCar 2.2-liter, V-6 direct-injected, turbocharged engine has amassed 57 victories, 61 Verizon P1 pole awards, two Indianapolis 500 wins, four driver championships and five consecutive manufacturer titles (2012-16).
Indy car racing is in Chevrolet’s DNA. A legacy of racing competition runs deep in Chevrolet’s 100-plus-year history, dating 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 Indianapolis 500, and the state-of-the-art machines they designed and built won back-to-back races in 1920 and 1921. Gaston won as the driver in 1920 and Louis as the owner in 1921.
The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season marks the continued use of engine manufacturer-specific aero kits. Chevrolet engineers and technical partners worked tirelessly to design, test, develop and produce the most aerodynamically advanced kit on the racetrack. Not only does the aero kit provide Chevrolet drivers the capability to enter and exit corners faster while maintaining high speeds on the straights and provide optimal balance of downforce and drag, along with integrated engine performance, it gives Team Chevy fans the ability to instantly recognize the cars of their favorite Verizon IndyCar Series teams and drivers.
Fundamental elements in the 2017 engine package are direct injection, turbocharging and the use of renewable E85 ethanol fuel, which are key technologies in several powerful and fuel-efficient Chevrolet production cars and trucks. 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.
The Chevrolet teams and drivers will again have an opportunity to bring home the hardware in the shadows of Chevrolet’s world headquarters as Chevrolet will once again sponsor the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix doubleheader the weekend of June 2-4.
A singularly iconic brand in American motorsports, Chevrolet has won the NASCAR Cup Series manufacturers’ championship 39 times and is the most successful name in that series’ history. Chevrolet Corvette Racing has taken eight 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.
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