Packaged with a new chassis for 2012, engine manufacturer competition returned to the IZOD IndyCar Series after a six-year absence as Chevrolet, Honda and Lotus are supplying consumer-relevant 2.2-liter, turbocharged V6 engines powered by E85.
Chevrolet clinched the Manufacturers’ Championship as Ryan Briscoe won the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. Chevrolet supplied 15 of 27 engines to the starters in the 85-lap race on the 2.385-mile, 12-turn road course. It has won nine of the 13 IZOD IndyCar Series races.
IndyCar racing runs deep in Chevrolet’s history, dating to co-founder Louis Chevrolet joining brothers Gaston and Arthur in competing in the Indianapolis 500. The cars they designed won the 500 Mile Race in 1920 and ’21 (Gaston driving in 1920).
Mario Andretti was the first driver to win with Chevrolet power, taking the checkered flag at the Long Beach Grand Prix in April 1987. On May 29, 1988, Rick Mears gave Chevrolet its first Indianapolis 500 victory.
Jim Campbell, US Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, said IndyCar racing is integral in Chevrolet’s continuing efforts to define itself as a global automotive leader.
Its IZOD IndyCar Series engine, featuring direct injection, turbocharging and renewable E85 fuel, are key technologies in several Chevrolet production cars on the streets and in the design phase.
Chevrolet powers the IZOD IndyCar Series cars of championship contenders Will Power, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon and Simon Pagenaud as the fierce competition continues at the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT on September 2. Power leads Hunter-Reay by 36 points in the title chase.
The season finale is September 15 at Auto Cub Speedway in Fontana, California.
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