In 2012, Chevrolet made a triumphant return to the Verizon IndyCar Series after a seven-year hiatus. Over the past six seasons, the Chevrolet IndyCar 2.2-liter, V-6 direct-injected, turbocharged engine has amassed 67 victories, 74 Verizon P1 pole awards, two Indianapolis 500 wins, five driver championships and six consecutive manufacturer titles (2012-17).
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.
Fundamental elements in the 2018 Chevrolet 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, trucks, sport utility vehicles and powertrains. Technology transfer is a key component to Chevrolet’s racing programs.
The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season marks the debut of the w Dallara IR-12 chassis featuring a more aggressive, sleeker universal aerodynamic body kit. Chevrolet powered teams and drivers are prepared to take the challenge of the all-new universal aero kit.
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 is the winningest manufacturer in motorsports. In addition to the accomplishments in the Verizon IndyCar Series since 2012, the Bowtie Brand has won the NASCAR Cup Series manufacturers championship 39 times and is the most successful name in that series’ history. Chevrolet’s Corvette Racing has taken eight class trophies at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 2017, a Chevy driver won all three top-tier classes in the NHRA plus several sportsman classes as well as winning the Series’ Manufacturer title for a record 22nd time. 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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