Chevrolet Engines to return to the 2012 Indianapolis 500 !
above : Al Unser Jr., Roger Penske, Arie Luyendyk, Helio Castroneves
and Randy Bernard pose next to this year's Camaro Pace car
and Al Unser's 1986 Indianapolis 500 car.
-- Photo by: Ron McQueeney
13th - Reprint from indy500.com
IndyCar Series 2012 car program received another exciting
boost Nov. 12 when General Motors and Chevrolet officials
announced its re-entry into the series at a news conference
at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
purpose-built Chevy twin-turbocharged, direct-injected V-6
racing engine will be developed jointly by GM and Ilmor Engineering
of Michigan. It will have an aluminum block and cylinder heads,
and will be a fully stressed chassis member supporting the
gearbox and rear suspension. INDYCARs technical details
and specifications will be released at a later date.
automaker will join current IZOD IndyCar Series engine manufacturer
Honda, which announced in August that it would build and supply
a new twin-turbocharged V-6 engine, designed by California-based
Honda Performance Development, for the series in 2012.
will power the new IndyCar Safety Cell that is being developed
by Dallara Automobili with input from current drivers and
team principals.The platform allows for the design and implementation
of aero kits around the rolling chassis. Dallara officials
will break ground on the Indianapolis production facility
heard time and time again from fans that they want competition.
We are excited to have engine manufacturer competition again
in the IZOD IndyCar Series, beginning in 2012," INDYCAR
CEO Randy Bernard said. "Chevrolet brings a strong passion
for racing, technology, relevance and innovation, which is
a great fit for our new car platform. We are excited about
the future of IndyCar racing with the addition of Chevrolet
as well as the continued involvement of our longtime engine
also will reunite one of the most successful partnerships
in motorsports as Team Penske will introduce the Chevrolet
engine in 2012. Team Penske posted 31 Indy car victories with
Chevrolet engines (in 1986, GMs Chevrolet brand was
attached to the Ilmor-built V8 engine in CART) and four Indianapolis
5000 victories (Chevy posted its first Indianapolis 500 victory
in 1988 with Rick Mears).
vision is to design, build and sell the worlds best
vehicles and racing is one of the best ways to showcase
what we can do," said Tom Stephens, GM vice chairman
of Global Product Operations. "Re-entering Indy-style
racing will help us take our advanced engine technology to
the upper bounds of whats possible. And it will also
provide a dynamic training ground for engineers, wholl
transfer the technologies we develop for racing to the products
we sell to our customers.
has become a recognized leader in implementing direct-injection
technology in both four-cylinder and V-6 engines by leveraging
knowledge already gained from racing. Building on this foundation,
our new partnership with Ilmor will give us even more opportunities
to accelerate our engine technology. It will help our effort
to continue to expand and improve the DI technology for street
cars. Indy racing will also let us compete at the cutting-edge
of key technologies like safety, aerodynamics, electronics
and materials so we can make our vehicles even more efficient,
safer, more innovative and, especially, more fun to drive."
competed previously in Indy car racing as an engine manufacturer
in 1986-93 and 2002-05 with V-8 engines, winning 104 races,
powering six driver champions and recording seven Indianapolis
Motor Speedway has been a proving ground for manufacturers
since Louis Chevrolet, our co-founder, first raced here in
1909, said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet
Marketing. Our return to IndyCar as Chevrolet enters
its centennial year is natural. At the same time this engine
program will be a showcase for the efficient and powerful
engine technologies that parallel new Chevrolet vehicles like
the Camaro, all-new Cruze compact and Equinox crossover.
IndyCar Series announced June 2 that that its next generation
of engines would be more powerful and efficient than the current
formula -- along with being relevant to the public and automobile
industry. The platform allows manufacturers to produce engines
with a maximum of six cylinders and 2.4 liter displacement.
The ethanol-fueled engines will produce between 550 and 700
horsepower to suit the diverse set of tracks on which the
IZOD IndyCar Series competes and will be turbocharged to allow
for flexibility in power
which entered the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2003 and has been
the sole engine supplier to the series since 2006, welcomed
the re-introduction of competition.
want to take this opportunity to welcome Chevrolet back to
the IZOD IndyCar Series, Honda Performance Development
president Erick Berkman said. Although we are certainly
proud of HPDs numerous accomplishments during our tenure
as single engine supplier to the series including an
active and unprecedented streak of five consecutive Indianapolis
500s completed without an engine failure we have repeatedly
and unequivocally expressed our desire for engine competition
within the series, dating even from our first days of sole
supply, in 2006.
look forward to renewing our relationship with Chevrolet as
competitors on the racetrack and giving the fans of open-wheel
racing a spirited and challenging rivalry.
engine strategy was based on a recommendation from the ICONIC
(Innovative, Open-Wheel, New, Industry-Relevant, Cost-Effective)
Advisory Committee, which was tasked with reviewing, researching
and making a recommendation to the sanctioning body on the
next generation IZOD IndyCar Series engine and chassis.
members included Brian Barnhart, Tony Cotman, Gil de Ferran,
Eddie Gossage, Rick Long, Tony Purnell and Neil Ressler. It
was mediated by retired Air Force Gen. William R. Looney III.
is a very exciting time and one of the biggest announcements
in the history of the IZOD IndyCar Series, said Barnhart,
president of competition and racing operations for INDYCAR.
We are proud to welcome back Chevrolet as a participant
in the series.
is a company with an incredible reputation and something from
the competition standpoint that the fans and everyone associated
with the IZOD IndyCar Series are excited about having engine
competition. This will drive fan excitement, loyalty and creates
drama and excitement around the events. It will add an element
of intrigue to the outcome of the events and something we
are very excited about for the 2012 season.
is a great time to be introducing a new car and now we will
be able to come back with engine manufacturer competition
at the same time. Hopefully we will be able to add multiple
aero kits to the car as well. This takes us back to a time
that involves different looking cars and many levels of competition
creating a lot of excitement around the IZOD IndyCar Series.
Mike Kelly, executive vice president of marketing and creative
for series title sponsor IZOD, welcomes the addition marketing
announcement about GMs commitment to the IZOD IndyCar
Series is one more sign of the growth of our sport,"
Kelly said. "We clearly have momentum and we couldnt
be prouder to be a part of it. The increased competition that
Chevrolet will bring to the series and the added marketing
support that a company of their stature brings, is a win/win
situation for everyone involved.
will send a signal to other manufacturers that our sport provides
a great marketing platform for their brands and the IZOD IndyCar
Series is the place to be in 2012."