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 addition, the Chevy V6 direct-injected twin-tubocharged engine powered Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay to the Series’ Championship, as well as the Oval Track Championship. And, Team Penske’s Will Power won the Road Course Championship.
Representing the Gold Bowtie in IndyCar competition in 2013 will be Andretti Autosport, Dragon Racing, Ed Carpenter Racing, KV Racing Technology, Panther Racing, Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and Team Penske.
In 2013, Chevrolet will once again sponsor the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit the weekend of May 31-June 2, 2013. In addition to the IndyCar Series on-track that weekend, Team Chevy will also have competitors represented in the GRAND-AM Road Racing Series with the Corvette DP in Rolex Daytona Prototype and Camaro in Rolex Grand Touring 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 2013 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.